NLP & CPRIA Earn 2016 APEX Award

New Level Partners Wins APEX Award for the Sixth Year in a Row for eLearning Series


Development of a blended learning certification program recognized at national awards

PRINCETON, NJ – JULY 11, 2016 – New Level Partners, LLC (NLP), a premier learning and development company headquartered in Princeton is honored to announce it is the recipient of an APEX Award for Excellence for the sixth year in a row. The 2016 recognition was earned through the development of the Chartered Private Risk and Insurance Advisor (CPRIA) certification for the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA), an eLearning series endorsed by St. John’s University’s School of Risk Management (SRM). The APEX Awards are an annual competition for corporate and nonprofit publishers, editors, writers and designers who create print, Web, electronic and social media.

“The CPRIA certification was the logical choice to submit for the 2016 APEX Award. The certification is unique and exhibits the perfect blend of niche expertise, offers the benefits of learning remotely using the latest technology, and provides a rich and meaningful educational experience,” shares Nancy Langton, co-founder and president of New Level Partners.

The six-segment curriculum includes a blended approach of interactive online modules and self-study learning. This consists of reading assignments, fully narrated and interactive eLearning modules developed by advanced instructional designers, case study assignments, and interactive live learning sessions led by industry leaders. It provides a unique opportunity for insurance agents to gain access to high net worth industry veterans and leading insurance executives and to obtain a professional certification. Each segment takes between six and eight hours for the user to complete. Once the curriculum has been entirely completed, the user receives a CPRIA certification from PRMA and St. John’s SRM.

“CPRIA is a first-of-its-kind online curriculum for agents who may have found it difficult to attend certification courses in person,” says Lisa Lindsay, executive director of PRMA. “It’s the first online professional certification course for agents in the high net worth space, and it has been well-received,” Lindsay added. “We have issued more than 1,000 certificates for completed segments and look forward to celebrating our first CPRIA graduate class in early 2017.”

Larry Pistell, Senior Associate Director of Corporate & Industry Relations, Center for Professional Education St. John’s SRM is a contributing member of PRMA’s Curriculum Committee.

“The quality of the CPRIA content and designation aligns with our expectations for a superior educational experience. Each participant receives a certificate endorsed by St. John’s University’s SRM throughout the completion of the program segments,” Pistell states.

In APEX 2016, awards were given in 11 main categories including: newsletters; magazines, journals and tabloids; annual reports; print media; electronic media; social media; websites; campaigns, programs and plans; writing; design & illustration; and one-of-a-kind publications. Out of the 1,600 nominations received in 2016, less than 40 percent received honors.

About New Level Partners
New Level Partners (NLP), founded in 2001, specializes in training solutions for the property and casualty insurance industry. NLP designs, develops and delivers customized and interactive training programs, both instructor-led and web-based. A wide range of instructional design tools and technologies ensure NLP’s programs are the most interactive and effective on the market. Contact for more information.

About the Private Risk Management Association
The Private Risk Management Association (PRMA) is a member-owned independent nonprofit association that is the recognized forum and voice of the high net worth private risk and insurance management niche. It provides specialized education and information and establishes standards and credentials while raising the awareness of and advocating for the niche and consumers served. Visit to learn more. Contact Lisa Lindsay, executive director, at for more information.

About St. John’s University School of Risk Management
The School of Risk Management was founded in 1901 as the Insurance Society of New York, and over the years evolved into The College of Insurance (TCI). In June 2001, TCI merged with St. John’s University, becoming a school of The Peter J. Tobin College of Business. From its new location at 101 Astor Place near Midtown South’s business district and the rapidly emerging technology corridor, SRM awards undergraduate, M.B.A., and M.S. degrees in the insurance, risk management and actuarial science disciplines. Through its Center for Professional Education, SRM also provides education, training and consulting services to the industry, governments, and regulators worldwide. If you have questions about, or interest in either the Center for Professional Education’s role or the program itself, please contact Larry Pistell, Senior Associate Director of Corporate and Industry Relations, Center for Professional Education, SRM at 212-284-8581, or by email at