Voluntary Education Program (VEP)

Since 1998, thousands of our design professionals insured policyholders have received the benefits of our VEP continuing education program. Our comprehensive reference guide to risk management continues to be a valuable tool and resource for design firms and individuals. For all design professional policyholders, VEP content is provided at no additional cost. 

Access VEP modules and tests.

Course Description

The VEP is a self-study program designed to teach design professionals how to identify, respond to and control the various sources of risk inherent in their performance of design professional services. The VEP was developed for our design professional policyholders.

The VEP provides two levels of instruction and testing: Level 1—Introduction to Risk Management, and Level 2—Selected Topics in Risk Management. While the material contained in each level is arranged to present a logical sequence of study, the individual instructional modules are designed to be reasonably freestanding.

General learning objectives are listed at the beginning of each module, and a summary of points is provided at the end of each module as well as suggested references for further reading.

VEP Reference Document

For those that want a complete description of our VEP program, complete with the contents of each module, we've put together a VEP reference document that you can download and share with others. 

Course Contents

Level 1-Introduction to Risk Management

  • 1-1: Concepts in Risk Management
  • 1-2: Legal Liability of Design Professionals
  • 1-3: Developing the Capacity to Manage Risk
  • 1-4: Evaluation of Projects and Clients
  • 1-5: Planning Phase and Design Phase Risk Management
  • 1-6: Bidding or Negotiation Phase Risk Management
  • 1-7: Construction Phase Risk Management

Level 2-Selected Topics in Risk Management

  • 2-1: Contracts for Professional Services
  • 2-2: Alternative Methods for Project Delivery
  • 2-3: Insurance for Design Professionals
  • 2-4: Dispute Prevention and Non-Adjudicative Resolution
  • 2-5: Adjudicative Dispute Resolution-Litigation or Arbitration
  • 2-6: Planning for Success in the International Project Arena
  • 2-7: Strategic Planning for Design Professionals
  • 2-8: Specialized Risks: Designing for Sustainability and Condo Projects
  • 2-9: Emerging Practice: Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery

You can download a table of contents in a printer-friendly format.

For each individual study module, a single, multiple-choice test is available here

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