Pathways to the Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA) Credential

Did you know there is more than one way to obtain the new Certified Specialist in Predictive Analytics (CSPA) credential offered through The CAS Institute?

The CSPA credential validates practical knowledge in applied predictive analytics and data science as used in data-intensive industry sectors. There are currently over 50 CSPA credential holders.

There are four pathways to earning the CSPA:

  • Five Assessments – Those pursuing the credential need to demonstrate competency in five areas: (1) Property-Casualty Fundamentals, (2) Data Concepts and Visualization, (3) Predictive Modeling, (4) completing a Project, and (5) Professionalism and Ethics. People new to the field can obtain the credential by following this path, as outlined on The CAS Institute website.
  • Experienced Practitioner Pathway (EPP) – If you have been practicing in the area of Predictive Analytics in property-casualty insurance and risk for five or more years, you may qualify for the credential based solely upon this experience. First, you will need to join The CAS Institute and then complete the Experienced Practitioner Pathway (EPP) application.
  • Waivers for specific parts via EPP applications – If you apply for the credential via the EPP process and do not meet all the requirements, it is possible that you will meet some of the requirements and will only have to complete the missing pieces! We encourage you to submit an EPP application to see if this applies to you. Again, you will first need to join The CAS Institute.
  • Waivers (Assessments 1 and 5) – Fellows and Associates of the Casualty Actuarial Society will automatically receive certain waivers for the Property-Casualty Fundamentals and Professionalism assessments, but must join The CAS Institute before submitting the waiver form.

Interested in learning more? Check out The CAS Institute website or contact me directly at We also invite you to see what your peers are saying about the CSPA credential at The CAS Institute blog.


About Amy Brener

Amy Brener is director of The CAS Institute, a subsidiary of the CAS offering specialized credentials for quantitative insurance professionals.