This regular column in Actuarial Update highlights the ASB’s work and other important professionalism issues.

“Professionalism Resources at Your Fingertips” spotlights the Academy’s many available professionalism resources via publications, the Code of Professional Conduct, the U.S. Qualification Standards (USQS), the Academy’s USQS Attestation Form, and via the Actuarial Standards Board and the Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline. (Actuarial Update, November 2017)

The actuarial standards of practice (ASOPs) require actuaries to take action, by stating what the actuary should do, consider, document, and disclose in the course of performing actuarial services. Actuarial Standards Board Chairperson Maryellen Coggins looks at “Reliance and the ASOPs: In Good Faith and Subject to Disclosure,” through the lens of reliance on third parties, reasonableness, and suitability of data. (Actuarial Update, October 2017)

As the third quarter comes to a close, it’s time to evaluate your annual required—and documented—continuing education (CE) requirements, writes Academy President Bob Beuerlein. CE is required under the U.S. Qualification Standards, and the Academy offers many opportunities for actuaries to gain their necessary credit, including the November Annual Meeting and Public Policy Forum. (Actuarial Update, September 2017)

The words “must,” “should,” and “may” in Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP) No. 1 offer guidance to all ASOPs, which help to protect the public by defining what constitutes appropriate practice. Understanding their definitions and professionalism implications will help you to satisfy all of standards of practice that apply to your work and, thereby, also help you to achieve this broader purpose. (Actuarial Update, August 2017)

Following the Academy’s June professionalism webinar on actuary-to-actuary communication, former Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (ABCD) Chairperson Janet Fagan writes about questions surrounding Precept 10, “Courtesy and Cooperation,” when a principal replaces one actuary with another, and the ABCD’s role in providing guidance. (Actuarial Update, July 2017)

Making sure your continuing education (CE) is relevant involves completing and documenting 30 hours of CE each year, as required under the U.S. Qualification Standards (USQS). While there are many ways to earn CE, keep in mind it must be relevant to the actuarial services you provide to satisfy USQS requirements. (Actuarial Update, June 2017)

What do the varied stages of life, and one’s professional career, mean for the practical application of professionalism principles to issues actuaries deal with in their everyday work? Joeff Williams, vice president, professionalism, and Committee on Qualifications Chairperson Keith Passwater look at these issues in the context of the Code of Professional Conduct and more. (Actuarial Update, May 2017)

Wondering which actuarial standard of practice (ASOP) applies to a particular situation? Check the Applicability Guidelines, published by the Academy’s Council on Professionalism, which can help actuaries determine which ASOP applies to the task at hand, including those that apply to every assignment. (Actuarial Update, April 2017)