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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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Understanding Commercial Property Underwriting and "COPE" (2-part series)

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Learn the importance of each of the four basic data points in the property underwriting process: Construction, Occupancy, Protection and Exposure ("COPE").

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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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Practical Workers' Compensation: What You Need To Know (5-part series)

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Statutes, common law, contracts and the human element combine to produce a safety net for workers injured on the job.

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Business Income: It's Easier Than You Think (5-part series)

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Business income is the MOST important property coverage any insured can buy. Discover how simple the coverage really is during this five-part web series.

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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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Contracts, Certificates & Construction Defect Super Pack

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Five popular courses offering in depth coverage of the important issues surrounding contracts, certificates and construction defect.

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Beyond Basic Training for New Insurance Professionals - The Next Step in Professional Development (9-part series)

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Designed for those new to the insurance industry or those seeking professional improvement.

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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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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 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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