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Become a Certified Professional in Disability Management

Earn your CPDM designationThe Certified Professional Disability Management (CPDM) is a professional designation in disability and absence management developed by DMEC and the Insurance Educational Association (IEA). The CPDM curriculum, created by industry experts, is geared towards individuals involved in the day-to-day management of health, benefits, and workers’ compensation. The program will give you the tools you need to run an effective integrated absence management program.

Who Should Participate

  • HR professionals
  • Claims and case managers
  • Disability and absence management professionals
  • Health and benefits professionals
  • Self-insured and TPA administration staff
  • Workers’ compensation professionals

Course Requirements

Completion of three online, instructor-led courses is required to obtain the CPDM designation. All three courses can be taken through IEA’s online training program. The three courses include:

CPDM 1: Disability Absence Management

This course provides an overview of integrated disability and absence management concepts, including program overviews, roles and responsibilities, and program interaction.

CPDM 2: IDAM Tools and Concepts

Using case studies, this course allows students to integrate regulations, employee needs, and organizational culture in developing integrated programs.

CPDM 3: Disability Management Implementation & Sustainability

This course assists students in developing RTW and SAW programs using information and data from case studies and provides advanced information on disability case management, ADA, and FMLA.

DMEC members receive a 10% discount on each of the three courses.

To access your coupon code, visit the manage your membership page. You must be logged in to the DMEC website to access this page. The code can be added in the promo code section on the payment screen.

Course Materials

DMEC have developed three required publications for the CPDM program. The Tools of the Trade, Terms of the Trade: Compilation of Definitions for the Absence, Disability, Health and Productivity Professional, and Foundation for Optimal Productivity: The Complete Return to Work Program Manual can all be purchased through the DMEC bookstore.

Continuing Education Requirements

Six hours of continuing education are required annually to maintain your credential. CEUs can be earned through DMEC or IEA.

DMEC offers webinars, conferences, and local chapter meetings that provide CPDM CEUs. Visit the calendar of events for information on upcoming events. Please note: Designees must report their hours to IEA using the IEA CE reporting form.

IEA offers streaming video and in-house training that provide CPDM CEUs. Please note: IEA will track designees CEUs for IEA courses.

The CPDM program was developed in partnership with

Insurance Educational Association