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Christopher J. Boggs

Christopher J. Boggs

Christopher J. Boggs joined the insurance industry in 1990. He is currently the Executive Director, Big I Virtual University and former Vice President of Education for Insurance Journal's Academy of Insurance.


During his career, Boggs has authored more than 300 insurance and risk management-related articles on a wide range of topics as diverse as Credit Default Swaps, the MCS-90, and enterprise risk management. This does not include the seven “e-books” (short, one-topic books covering various insurance and risk management-related subjects) Boggs has written.


Additionally, Boggs has written and published six insurance and risk management-related books

  • "The Insurance Professional's Practical Guide to Workers' Compensation: From History through Audit – Second Edition;"
  • "Business Income Insurance Demystified: The Simplified Guide to Time Element Coverages – Third Edition;
  • Property and Casualty Insurance Concepts Simplified: The Ultimate ‘How to’ Insurance Guide for Agents, Brokers, Underwriters and Adjusters;
  • Wow! I Never Knew That! 12 of the Most Misunderstood and Misused P&C Coverages, Concepts and Exclusions;
  • Insurance, Risk & Risk Management! The Insurance Professional’s Guide to Risk Management and Insurance;” and
  • Workers’ Compensation: How You Can Effectively Answer Your Clients 12 Most Commonly Asked Questions.


In addition to his writing, education, and training experience, Boggs worked in many areas of insurance. He began his career with Insurance Services Office as a rating and underwriting representative. Boggs has also worked as an agent (even owning his own agency), as the loss control and claims examiner for state-owned property in his home state, as a risk management consultant, and as the quality assurance specialist (auditing underwriting files) for the Southeast region of an insurance carrier.


A graduate of Liberty University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Boggs has obtained  nine professional insurance designations: the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), Associate in Risk Management (ARM), Associate in Loss Control Management (ALCM), Legal Principles Claims Management (LPCS), Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI), Associate in Premium Auditing (APA), Certified Workers’ Compensation Advisor (CWCA), Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS) and the Associate in General Insurance (AINS).

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Practical Workers' Compensation: The Course and Scope Rule

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For an injury to be compensable it must "arise out of and be in the course and scope" of the worker's employment. "Course and scope" is not always black and white; This session will guide the participant through some interpretations of "course and scope."

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Understanding the True Breadth of the CGL's Pollution Exclusion

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The absolute pollution exclusion is likely the most misapplied exclusion within the commercial general liability (CGL) policy. Learn the true breadth of the CGL's exclusion in this class.

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Differences in Coinsurance for Homeowners' and Commercial Property

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Learn how much the CPP's and homeowners' forms differ in the application of the coinsurance condition and what options are available to avoid coinsurance.

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Understanding Personal & Advertising Injury

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Although it may not be easy to see, every insured has a "personal and advertising injury" exposure. Learn what qualifies as a covered "offense" and how the exclusions apply.

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Who is an Insured in the CGL and Business Auto Policy?

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Understanding the four levels of "insured" status and each one's relationship to the coverage provided allows improved preparation and planning in the initial design and implementation of the insurance program.

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Who is an "Insured" in Personal Lines Forms

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Knowing who is and is not an "insured" will lead to a better program by allowing any unintended gaps in insured status to be exposed and corrected before loss occurs.

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Understanding the Different Property Insurance Valuations

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Learn what "values" relate to insurance, how each of these values relates to indemnification, and the true insurance meaning of these terms.

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Understanding the Basics of Contractual Risk Transfer

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Learn the duties of each of the three parties involved in contractual risk transfer and how contractual risk transfer is defined.

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How to Prepare Your Clients for Coverage Gaps in the BOP

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Learn the five major coverage gaps in the BOP policy and how to close these gaps where possible

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Using Coverage Gaps to Win New Customers

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Gain an understanding of the applicable insurance policy's limitations and exclusions to find and exploit coverage gaps.

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