Enterprise Risk Management Training

PRIMA offers a virtual four-day Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) training designed according to the ERM international standard, ISO 31000. PRIMA's ERM faculty are subject matter experts who will teach attendees how to establish long-term enterprise-wide resiliency in public entities.

PRIMA in collaboration with URMIA, teaches public entities how to strategically manage risks by creating an organizational understanding of risks and interdependencies, using the ISO 31000 standard.

PRIMA's goal is to equip attendees with the knowledge, skills and ability to effectively measure performance, reduce cost, mitigate exposures and exceed organizational goals. Participants engage in hands-on group learning, timely ERM case studies and valuable dialogue with their peers and ERM training instructors. The desired outcome is to establish long-term enterprise-wide resiliency in public entities.

PRIMA's ERM Training is a cohort, not another conference! PRIMA's ERM training never stops, alumni have ongoing access to the members of their cohort and PRIMA's ERM Faculty.

Registration for PRIMA's 2024 July Virtual 4-Day ERM Training is NOW OPEN!

  • Day 1: Modules 1 & 2 - July 9th (12pm - 2pm ET)
  • Day 2: Module 3 - July 11th (12pm - 2pm ET)
  • Day 3: Modules 4 & 5 - July 15th (12pm - 2pm ET)
  • Day 4: Modules 6 & 7 - July 17th (12pm - 2pm ET)


For additional information, contact PRIMA’s Education and Training team at education@primacentral.org.

What Makes Our ERM Training Better Than Others?


PRIMA ERM FACULTY: Attendees receive individual and group instruction from experts who have successfully implemented ERM using the ISO 31000 standard. 

ERM ALUMNI: PRIMA’s ERM training is a cohort, not another conference. Alumni have ongoing access to the members of their cohort and PRIMA’s ERM faculty.

POST-TRAINING LEARNING: Alumni benefit from our post-training learning continuum. This includes free webinars that delve into the challenges attendees have faced and other relevant topics to ensure your ERM implementation is a success.

Listen to PRIMA's podcast describing the ERM training, education subjects, program format, and more.

ERM Faculty

PRIMA's Enterprise Risk Management Training faculty have extensive risk management and ERM experience. Through ERM they have added value to their entities, advanced their missions and spearheaded change in the public risk management industry.

Learn more about our trainers, their experience and why they are excited to be part of PRIMA's ERM Training faculty.

URMIA members get PRIMA member rates!

Attendee Category Program Fee
PRIMA Government/ URMIA Institutional Members $500
Non-Members $650
PRIMA Corporate or URMIA Affiliate Members $500
Corporate Non-Members $650

Cancellation Policy: All cancellations & refund requests must be received in writing at least 30 business days before the program, and are subject to a $75 administrative fee. No-shows and cancellations not received by the date required will not be eligible for a refund, but attendee substitutions will be accepted. Please allow thirty (30) days following the program for all refund processing. If PRIMA must cancel this conference for any reason, liability is limited to the registration fees paid only. PRIMA is not responsible for other expenses incurred, including travel and accommodation fees. Payments to PRIMA are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax.

PRIMA is pleased to offer an In-House ERM training program. Bring PRIMA's ERM training program to your organization!

PRIMA’s In-House ERM training is ideal for organizations looking to provide professional development for multiple staff without the cost, travel requirements or schedule demands of out-of-town programs.

PRIMA’s ERM training is excellent for organizations:

  • Seeking to implement an integrated risk management approach
  • Committed to identifying and seeking opportunities
  • Looking to manage risk proactively
  • Seeking to train individual and departmental risk owners

The Trainers

PRIMA will work with you to match the most qualified trainers to the specific needs of  your organization. PRIMA’s 31000 faculty members are risk professionals who represent some of the most successful risk management and consulting programs in the United States. They have been through extensive risk management and adult education training.

In-House Training Benefits

PRIMA’s ERM training can benefit both individuals and your organization as a whole. With in-house training, your organization can:

  • Jumpstart its risk management program
  • Save money and time
  • Develop your workforce
  • Build morale
  • Maximize your team’s learning experience

For more information on in-house training, pricing models and required resources, contact Shaunda Ragland, PRIMA’s senior director of education and training, at 703.253.1261 or sragland@primacentral.org.


How do I know that the training is for me and my organization?

Listen to the complimentary overview podcast to learn more. The podcast provides details regarding program expectations, ERM training program benefits as well as program testimonials.

Please feel free to follow up with PRIMA's Education and Training team (education@primacentral.org), should you have any questions.

PRIMA has chosen to describe this training as enterprise risk management to make it clear that it is an expanded approach, beyond the traditional risk management model, which is focused on insurance and risk financing, loss prevention and claims management.  Although ISO 31000 does not use the term ERM, we embrace it as a differentiator. This training teaches an integrated and organization-wide approach to managing risk. Traditional risk management focuses on transferring and preventing risks/threats whereas the ISO 31000 approach focuses on risk as uncertainty which embraces opportunities, risk-taking and structured decision-making.

PRIMA is working to develop supplemental material to this training program. Check back here for updates in the future and in the meantime, information is available in the PRIMA Cybrary and on PRIMA’s blog. Additionally, the education program at PRIMA’s Annual Conference features sessions pertaining to ERM that will focus on specific skills and details of the process.

This training program is intended for public sector and higher education professionals. Everyone has a part to play in helping their organization manage risk.  This program will help you understand this concept. This program will also teach you how to apply risk management activities within your role, adding value to your areas of responsibility. 

There are a couple different things you can do to convince your supervisor you should go through this training program.

  • Overview Podcast: Share the overview webinar with key stakeholders. The podcast goes over how ISO 31000 can add value to your organization.
  • Get advice from the ISO 31000 faculty! Click through the bios of the faculty members and read their thoughts on how to get upper-management to recognize, support and buy into ERM and this training!

The Associate in Risk Management (ARM) is a designation that you earn after taking total of three basic courses (ARM 400, 401 and 402) as well as an ethics exam. These exams are self-directed and uniform. The exams are based on content in textbooks and the knowledge addressed in the texts is meant to give students in depth knowledge about general risk management practices and principles, risk assessment and risk financing. Texts and exams are coordinated by the The Institutes.Click here for more information about The Institutes and click here to explore how PRIMA can help you prepare for these exams.

PRIMA's ERM training, is in-person and designed to provide you with a foundational knowledge of the ISO 31000 Standard. The small workshops will teach you how risk management brings value to your organization and how to easily implement the concepts of ISO 31000 throughout your organization so that you can advance your organization's mission. Workshop attendees receive directives and suggestions from trainers that have years of experience in risk management and have implemented successful programs in their organizations. Attendees will also develop their own plans to either start or improve their own program.

About ISO 31000

There are other risk management frameworks. Why ISO 31000?

PRIMA has supported and has been involved with the ISO since 2009 through participation in the U.S. Technical Advisory Group.

ISO’s development process is the most rigorous, widely-adopted standard worldwide and has been adopted as a national standard by more than 50 standards organizations covering more than 70% of the global population. It has also been adopted by a number of United Nations agencies and national governments as a basis for developing their own risk-related standards and policies especially in the areas of disaster risk reduction and the management of disaster risk. The best practices within the ISO 310000 Standard are the most inclusive of all risk management techniques and approaches.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is an independent, non-governmental membership organization and the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards. ISO has published more than 19,500 international standards with the help of more than 160 member countries.

ISO members are a network of national standards bodies and each member represents ISO in its country. ISO standards are developed by groups of experts within technical committees. Technical committees are made up of representatives of industry, NGOS, governments or other stakeholders who are put forward by ISO’s members. For more information on how individuals get involved with technical committees,click here.

All published ISO standards get reviewed approximately every five years to ensure that they remain “state of the art” by international consensus. PRIMA is a member on the United States technical advisory committee that is participating in this review and will therefore be monitoring any substantive changes.

PRIMA reviews the program’s curriculum every two years. PRIMA’s review process will ensure that the training program’s curriculum incorporates any changes made by the ISO revision team.

COSO is a commission that formed in 1986 to help improve controls and deter fraud in political spending. The Integrated Internal Control Framework (ICF) includes Risk Assessment as one of the components. Therefore the COSO ICF has its widest support within the audit, accounting & forensic communities. In the absence of any alternative at that time, many organizations adopted COSO as a framework to help understand and address risks across the organization.

The purpose of the ISO 31000 Standard is to help organizations perform better through stronger, value-driven risk management activity, embracing the neutral view of risk as either positive OR negative uncertainty that could impact the objectives of an organization.

ISO 31000 considers controls in place for adverse risks as well as the people, processes and systems in place that could help an organization seize opportunities as well.

Traditional risk management is a term used often to describe such activities as insurance purchasing, claims management, loss control/prevention and security/safety.

ISO 31000 builds on traditional risk management activities but situates them in relation to objectives of the organization, using output from those traditional activities to help inform risk (& opportunity) assessment and treatment. The workshops will inspire you to situate your current responsibilities in a broader, organization-wide context. The workshops will also help you understand how risk management can bring [more] value to your organization when you align your practices with your organization’s objectives.

There are many sources of good (and bad) information about how to improve risk management in your organization. Workshop materials come with a recommended reading list that includes websites, blogs & podcasts (click here to read PRIMA’s Risk Management Blog), books & periodicals to help satisfy your curiosity and extend your learning outside of the classroom.

In addition to the overview webinar, PRIMA has other webinars that will aid in the understanding and implementation of ERM. These webinars feature seasoned ERM practitioners who are well prepared to provide you with the tools necessary for enterprise-wide involvement and improvement. PRIMA offers a number of ERM-specialized webinars, which allows access to both the presentation recording and corresponding PowerPoint slides, such as:

  • Integrating ERM with the Strategic Planning Process
  • Executive Teams and the Use of ISO 31000 in Decision Making
  • Mission Critical: ERM and Decision Making
  • Checking in With Your ERM Program
  • ERM: A Project Plan for Implementation
  • ERM: Risk Maps and Registers
  • ERM & Pools

And more!

PRIMA members also have access to an online members’ listserv that is dedicated to ERM. Click here to sign into the PRIMA Community and join the ERM/ISO 31000 listserv to exchange ideas with colleagues.

The ISO standard was specifically written to be applicable to any type or size of organization and to be tailored to an organization’s specific objectives and business context. With that in mind, the training was designed to give participants from higher education institutions and public entities (of all types, sizes and structure) the opportunity to tailor the standard to their specific operations. We expect that there will be differences among higher education and public entity workshop participants; the training incorporates and supports that. The workshops blend together training (on the ISO 31000 architecture) along with tailoring (to apply that architecture to your institution or entity) to help participants create an ERM implementation plan that will work for their college or university.

If you work for a public school or a public school district, the public sector training is better suited to your organization. As a risk manager for a public school, you have considerations such as tax payers, elected officials and your community’s constituents. Higher education institutions do not share these considerations.