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WCIRB CompEssentials Certification

The WCIRB CompEssentials Certification is open to eligible participants who have successfully passed the four core CompEssentials courses: Classification Basics, Experience Rating Fundamentals, Ownership and the Experience Rating Plan and About the System. Certificants have demonstrated their knowledge of the California Workers’ Compensation Uniform Statistical Reporting Plan—1995 and California Workers’ Compensation Experience Rating Plan—1995 by completing all coursework and passing the final examinations for the respective courses with a score of 75 percent or higher.

Become Certified or Recertify


Become WCIRB CompEssentials Certified and receive:

  • Distinction among your colleagues to your customers
  • Certification credentials and badge to use on social media and email
  • A certificate to post in your office
  • Recognition in the WCIRB CompEssentials Certified directory
  • A lapel pin to designate your accomplishment


To qualify for WCIRB CompEssentials certification, an individual must successfully complete four CompEssentials courses – About the System, Classification Basics, Experience Rating Fundamentals and Ownership and Experience Rating – within an 18-month period.* Completion entails completing all coursework and passing the final examination for each course with a score of 75 percent or higher.

*Students who have successfully completed at least one WCIRB CompEssentials course as of November 1, 2019 are permitted 18 months to complete the remaining three courses.


The WCIRB CompEssentials Certified Expert certification is valid for four years. Certificants are responsible for renewing their own certification in a timely manner. Renewal is contingent upon passing a recertification exam with a minimum score of 75 percent. The recertification exam is an open-book test comprising 40 questions selected randomly from the final examinations for the four CompEssentials courses; students are permitted three attempts to pass. Failure to pass after the third attempt will require the student to re-enroll in the CompEssentials curriculum. 


Certification is free for WCIRB member insurers and government agency employees. Certification costs $45 for non-members (including agents, brokers, fee auditors, MGAs, TPAs, etc.) and is due at enrollment and on a bi-annual basis. Payment is accepted via Visa or Mastercard.

WCIRB CompEssentials Certified Badges

Digital credentials provide visible and verifiable confirmation of your achievement and promote your ongoing professional development to your customers and industry colleagues. Display your digital badge on your social media profiles such as LinkedIn and Facebook, attach it to your email signature and add it to your personal website.