Changing the Game

Attracting new talent | Delivering enhanced training | Connecting talent to opportunities

​​​VAIA is proud to introduce it's brand new initiative, a partnership with the Community College Workforce Alliance! The VAIA board has worked over the past year to develop this curriculum, this two minute video​ will give you an overview of what's to come.


Practical Applications of Property & Casualty Insurance

15-week class (30 hours)

Monday, August 27 - November 12, 2018

5:30pm – 8:30pm   (No class on 9/3 & 9/17)

$675 per person

Instructor: Rick Scherer, CPCU, AIM, ASLI, AU

Location: J. Sargent Reynolds Community College

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Course Description

Participants in this training program will learn the basics of the Property and Casualty insurance business. Topics covered will include:  Types of insurance, functions performed by agencies and insurance carriers, contracts and personal and commercial products, state laws and regulations, and ethics in insurance.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand risk and how it can be managed
  2. Have a good knowledge of the functions performed by insurance professionals including marketing, underwriting and claims
  3. Be able to distinguish between the various commercial and personal products
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of insurance solvency and how it is measured and monitored
  5. Describe Virginia Laws and Regulations
  6. Acknowledge  why ethics are important to insurance professional
  7. Prepare for the Virginia P&C agents exam​

Would you like to sponsor a scholarship for the Spring 2018 semester? Fill out this form and send it to Carter Lyons at

For more information, contact Carter Lyons,​ or 804-747-9300

Meet the Instructor:

Rick Scherer

Rick Scherer recently retired from Markel Corporation as Director of Corporate Education. His responsibilities included overseeing Markel University which trains recent college graduates to enter various positions within Markel including underwriting.

Rick has an extensive underwriting and management background in the standard market. Before joining Markel, he was Branch Vice President for PMA Insurance and held similar positions prior to that with Reliance, Fireman's Fund and Atlantic Mutual. He started his career as an underwriter trainee with the Travelers.

Rick also has over twenty years of teaching experience for the Richmond CPCU Society Chapter and taught several semesters as an adjunct Professor at the VCU School of Business. He received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Richmond and a MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He also holds the CPCU, ASLI, AIM and AU designations from the Institutes.

Rick and his wife are lifetime residents of Richmond.