2019 CSSC Program

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South Bend, IN

2019 Certified Structured Settlement Consultant® (CSSC®) Professional Certification Program


NSSTA’s CSSC program provides a unique educational opportunity every NSSTA member should experience. One reason to attend: to be successful within increasingly competitive claim management and settlement planning markets, possessing the CSSC credential has become THE baseline qualifier for structured settlement professionals. Other reasons: terrific teachers; fantastic campus and facilities; impressive classmates. ”

- Pat Hindert, CSSC, S2KM

"The CSSC program provides an exceptional value . . . the content is thoroughly prepared and very well presented. The opportunity to develop relationships with other program participants is valuable on an ongoing basis."

 - William Wright, CSSC, Ringler

The NSSTA Certified Structured Settlement Consultant (CSSC) is the industry’s oldest and most respected designation, establishing educational standards for structured settlement professionals throughout the nation.

Nearly 550 structured settlement consultants have earned the distinguished CSSC designation. The program, developed in conjunction with the University of Notre Dame, consists of more than 80 hours of classroom and study culminating in a comprehensive examination.

The NSSTA CSSC Program includes an intensive pre-program study and four days of classroom sessions covering a variety of topics and issues that directly relate to your daily structured settlements business. By hosting the NSSTA CSSC Program at Notre Dame, one of the most recognized institutions of higher learning in the world, participants have an opportunity to learn together and build lasting relationships that will last throughout their careers.

The NSSTA CSSC Program, which is updated annually, provides a comprehensive understanding of structured settlements, combining academic rigor and perspective with the latest developments impacting the industry, including:

  • Settlement Planning and Needs Based Negotiation
  • Business ethics
  • Federal tax law overview and industry applications
  • Fixed income 
  • Trusts- Special needs and Medical reversionary trusts
  • Medicare set aside accounts
  • Negotiation strategy
  • Settlement documentation
  • Claim valuation
  • Actual industry case studies
  • Tort law, guardianship fundamentals, state and federal jurisdiction issues from a litigant’s perspective, laws which impact NSSTA members
  • Insurance claims practice
  • Loss reserving

Program Materials

Participants receive a notebook of program materials and an outline of the classroom sessions upon receipt of paid registration. In addition, they must obtain the pre-program study materials that must be read prior to the classroom sessions on their own.

Program Schedule

Classes are scheduled on Wednesday evening, Thursday, Friday and Saturday with the comprehensive exam scheduled for Sunday morning. Plan to arrive on campus before 5 pm on Wednesday and leave after 1 pm on Sunday. Classes will take place at the Mendoza College of Business.

To view the Program Agenda, Click Here!


Wednesday        6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday            8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday                 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday             8:00 am – 5:30 pm

Group Study Sessions

Friday                 7:00 pm - Your Choice
Saturday             7:00 pm - Your Choice


Sunday               8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Program Fees

2019 Program fees are $3,250.00 for NSSTA Members. Non-Member program fees are $6,500.00. Program fees include the four-day classroom sessions, program materials, lodging and meals. Fees do not include text books and transportation. Additional information regarding the program schedule, lodging, transportation and other program details will be provided upon program confirmation. Registration early and take advantage of the early registration discount. 


The NSSTA CSSC Program is limited to 37 participants and ALL applicants must have a minimum of two years experience in the structured settlement field. Applications are accepted in the order received. If qualified registrations exceed the program limit, a priority waiting list will be established in the event of individual cancellations.

NSSTA CSSC Program applicants must...
• Complete the Registration form with payment information.
• Demonstrate two years of structured settlement industry experience. 

NOTE: Applicants who have been members of NSSTA for two or more full years need not provide further evidence to meet this requirement.

Click Here to access the CSSC Application!


The NSSTA CSSC Program fees include lodging and meals during the duration of the four-day program. Arrangements will be made for each student upon receipt of paid registration at Morris Inn located on the University of Notre Dame's campus.


Dress is business casual or casual at the option of the participant.

I thought I had little to learn after being in structured settlements for many years; I was wrong. The CSSC enhanced my technical knowledge immensely . . . Over the years, the CSSC designation has been very effective in marketing . . . I highly recommend the CSSC experience.

 – Alice Everette-Cooper, CSSC, President, AEC Financial, Inc.