Professional Development

Professional Development & Education

The RIMS Professional Development Courses allow you to enhance your skills. Through the American Institute for CPCU AND Insurance Institute of America, you can choose from a number of designations you may want to pursue.

The Dallas area has a couple of local universities that you can choose from if you are looking to continue your education that offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in the field of risk management. They are:
The University of North Texas
and Southern Methodist University.

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RIMS also offers a number of distance learning courses and RIMS Asynchronous Learning offers a number of skill sharpening courses. 

The Spencer Educational Foundation, Inc. awards academic scholarships to students pursuing the field of risk management. Also, the Spencer Educational Foundation offers the Risk Manager in Residence program. The mission of the Foundation is to stimulate, promote and encourage promising students of risk management disciplines in fulfilling their education goals primarily by providing scholarship awards and educational grants. Scholarship applications may be obtained by email at

Each year the Anita Benedetti Student Involvement Program, through RIMS, selects a group of outstanding students studying risk and insurance management and provides them the opportunity to attend the RIMS Annual Conference. RIMS provides airfare, hotel expenses, registration, and a small honorarium for the students chosen to attend the conference. These students will be selected by the RIMS Student Involvement Committee.