This is a complete course of study providing education and training which allows the student, after completing the second presentation, to understand how liability insurance policies come into existence, how they are acquired, and how to read and understand the Commercial General Liability Insurance policy and the Commercial Automobile Insurance policy.

The presentation is the second in the program to become certified as an Expert in Corporate Liability Insurance.  The course covers everything a person in business needs to understand a critically important aspect of managing the risk faced by a business: how to use insurance to transfer risk to an insurance company; how to work with a commercial liability insurance expert to deal with risks of loss; and, when a claim is made or suit is filed against the company, how to deal with that risk. After completion of this second course, users are able to obtain, read, and understand a liability insurance policy before it is necessary to ask the insurer to defend or indemnify the insured.

This course covers the following:

  1. How a commercial liability policy comes into effect.
  2. How to read and understand a third-party liability insurance policy.
  3. How to understand that an insurance policy is a contract.
  4. Why a company needs a commercial liability insurance policy.
  5. The purpose of the application for insurance.
  6. The offers made by insurers to prospective insureds.
  7. The acceptance of an offer of insurance or a counter offer.
  8. The importance of paying the premium – consideration – to effect the insurance policy.
  9. The need and ability to understand an Insurance Contract.
  10. The Third-Party Liability Insurance policy.
  11. The Commercial Liability Insurance policy.
  12. The Commercial Auto Liability policy.
Learning Objectives
  • Explore the importance of the acquisition of a commercial liability insurance contract.
  • Identify the rules of insurance contract interpretation set by the courts.
  • Explore how liability insurance is acquired.
  • Explore how to read and understand a liability insurance policy.
  • Explore the methods used to interpret a commercial liability insurance policy.
Last updated/reviewed: August 6, 2023

Included In Certifications

This course is included in the following Certification Programs:

15 CoursesCorporate Liability Insurance Certification

  1. Corporate Liability Insurance: Excellence in Claims Handling
  2. How to Acquire a Policy of Third Party Liability Insurance
  3. How to Read and Understand a Liability Insurance Policy
  4. The Necessity For An Honest And Complete Application For Insurance
  5. The Basics of the Law of Contracts for the Insurance Professional
  6. The Law of Torts
  7. Ethics for the Corporate Liability Insurance Professional
  8. The Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
  9. Interviewing Techniques For The Corporate Liability Insurance Professional
  10. Corporate Liability Insurance Fraud Prevention
  11. Corporate Liability Insurance: Rescission - An Equitable Remedy
  12. The Duties Of An Insured Presenting A Third Party Bodily Injury and Property Damage Claim
  13. The Statement And the Investigation of Third Party Liability Insurance Claim
  14. Compliance with Good Faith Settlement Practices Regulations
  15. Corporate Liability Insurance: Millions For Defense Not A Dime For Tribute
8 Reviews (30 ratings)


Member's Profile
I did not need the contract primer. The presenter said that when reading an insurance policy, you need a quite place. He forgot to mention you also need lots of caffeine.

Anonymous Author
As an insurance agent, I found this to be an informative overview of liability insurance contract, how it works, and what is expected of each party.

Member's Profile
Acquired knowledge. presented clearly and succintly. Would take subsequent courses if available.

Member's Profile
Which there were also sample certificates of insurance, talk about waiver of subregation, etc..

Member's Profile
Easy and fun class for cpe! Very easy to understand the slides!

Anonymous Author
Good quick review of contract elements and definitions.

Anonymous Author
Good course. A bit too basic. Would look at again.

Anonymous Author
great course

Course Complexity: Intermediate

No Advanced Preparation or Prerequisites are needed for this course. However, it is recommended to take the other courses in the series prior to completing this one.

Education Provider Information
Company: Illumeo, Inc., 75 East Santa Clara St., Suite 1215, San Jose, CA 95113
Contact: For more information regarding this course, including complaint and cancellation policies, please contact our offices at (408) 400- 3993 or send an e-mail to .
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Course Syllabus
  Introduction to Course 2: How to Read & Understand a Liability Insurance Policy9:01
  The Application10:52
  The Acceptance and Consideration4:21
  The Insurance Contract13:46
  The Third Party Liability Insurance Policy21:04
  Reading the Policy17:59
  Course 2: How to Read & Understand a Liability Insurance Policy 1:19:50
  Slides: How to Read & Understand a Liability Insurance policyPDF
  How to Read & Understand a Liability Insurance policy Glossary/IndexPDF