According to Lambert, ICCIE's founders knew early on that the organization's first director could not be overwhelmed by the task of convincing other domiciles that ICCIE has a universal appeal and usefulness.
It is, he says, mainly his responsibility to make professionals working in any way with captive insurance--risk managers, captive owners, lawyers--aware of the designation that ICCIE offers (Associate of Captive Insurance--ACI), as well as the fact that the program means to educate professionals from domiciles all over the world, not just Vermont.
According to Cantor and Lambert, the next step for ICCIE and VCIA will be to make sure the ACI designation becomes a meaningful part of the insurance industry.
The danger of initiating a program like ICCIE, Cantor says, is that the designation it offers won't be relevant to professionals working in the very industry that ICCIE is seeking to serve.
It is fighting this possibility--that the ACI designation could fade quietly into the complexities and vagaries of the captive insurance industry--to which Cantor has dedicated his first months at ICCIE.
(The road to the ACI designation requires candidates to complete five core courses and two electives, as well as mandating that they participate in three "hot topic" teleconferences offered through ICCIE or VCIA.
Cantor cites the diversity of ICCIE's initial crop of students as evidence that the program is gaining momentum outside of Burlington.
"I think, 'How did they find out about ICCIE?' or, 'What prompted them to push the button?'"
In 2006, in addition to continuing to offer courses online, Cantor says that ICCIE will hit the road, offering face-to-face course opportunities before major conferences in Washington, D.C., South Carolina and Arizona, as well as prior to the World Captive Forum in Florida this November.
Meanwhile, for captive insurance professionals, Lippa's successful bid for the ACI certificate is an important step for captive insurance domiciles all over the world, says ICCIE Executive Director Mitch Cantor.
Lippa's status as the only person with the ACI designation will soon come to an end, however, as more students will graduate from the course over the next few months, according to the ICCIE.