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Learn Classification Fundamentals with WCIRB CompEssentials®

January 18, 2017

Understanding how California’s Standard Classification System works can be daunting for even the most experienced workers ’ compensation professional. To help with this the WCIRB launched CompEssentials®, a worker’s compensation online training program. The first course available is Classifications Basics, which already has received positive reviews. A recent Classification Basics graduate had this to say:

“Overall, this course is far superior to other courses I have taken. It does test your knowledge, which is great. It has great involved examples as well, which I really enjoyed and found very helpful.”

Classification Basics consists of nine self-paced modules. Insurers, agents, brokers and other industry professionals will learn:

  • How to apply the rules of the USRP, including concepts such as Single Enterprise, Multiple Enterprises, Special Industry Classification Procedures, Standard Exceptions, General Inclusions and General Exclusions
  • How to read classification phraseologies and footnotes
  • How to use WCIRB resources to help determine the correct workers’ compensation classification for basic operations
  • How the WCIRB classification inspection process works
  • How to get classification assistance on unique and complex operations

Classification Basics includes interactive examples and knowledge checks to let you practice applying key concepts. Hands-on demonstrations help you become familiar with WCIRB tools and resources that you can use to classify businesses. For licensed property-casualty agents, Classification Basics is approved for 3 CEUs by the California Department of Insurance. To learn more about CompEssentials, view a brief video.

Registering for CompEssentials and Purchasing a Course

To enroll in the Classifications Basics course, you first need to sign up for a WCIRB CompEssentials user account through one of the following ways:

Once your user account is set up, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to log into WCIRB CompEssentials. After logging in, click on the Catalog button to purchase the Classification Basics course. The cost is $25 for WCIRB member insurers and $55 for non-members. Purchases are final, non-refundable and non-transferable. (Refer to How to Purchase a Course for more information.)

For more information about WCIRB CompEssentials visit You can also email your questions to [email protected].