Become a workers' compensation law specialist.

WCIC is a 10-week course designed to help you pass the Workers' Compensation specialization exam offered by the California State Bar. From exam tips and study advice to substantive coverage of claim evaluation, remedies, professional responsibility, and disability evaluation, you'll learn everything you need to pass the exam on your first attempt.

Why become a certified specialist?


Attract more clients

Very few California lawyers are certified specialists. As potential clients search for a lawyer, let them know you meet the highest standards of excellence and expertise in workers’ compensation law.


Increase referrals

Give other attorneys confidence that when they refer matters to you, their clients are in good hands. Build a reputation for authority and competence in your field.


Gain confidence & expertise

From complex disability evaluations to defenses to compensability to presumptions for public safety personnel, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to handle the most nuanced workers’ compensation matters.

Course Coverage & Lecture Topics

Welcome to WCIC

  • What to expect on the exam
  • Study approaches


  • Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund
  • Uninsured Employers Benefits Trust Fund
  • Related civil remedies
  • Serious and willful misconduct
  • Labor Code § 132a
  • Presumptions and Benefits for public safety personnel

Trial Procedures

  • Jurisdiction/venue
  • Discovery & investigation
  • Pre-trial & trial procedures
  • Expert and lay witnesses
  • Appropriate evidence/admissibility
  • Affirmative Defenses
  • Liens
  • Settlements
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Return-to-Work-Fund/Supplemental Job Displacement Benefit
  • Penalties, interest and increases to benefits

Medical Knowledge & Issues (Part 1)

  • Anatomy/physiology
  • Terminology
  • Industrial diseases

Medical Knowledge & Issues (Part 2)

  • Treatment guidelines / UR / Independent Medical Review (IMR) / MPN / Medical Treatment Utilization Schedule (MTUS)
  • Determination of medical issues (AME/QME)

Claim Evaluation

  • Specific injury(ies) and cumulative trauma
  • Relevant time limits
  • Identification of relevant issues
  • Identification and evaluation of records and documents
  • Effect of injury date on benefits
  • Types of benefits
  • Death benefits/dependency
  • Benefit notices

Insurance Coverage & Defenses

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Defenses to compensability

Appellate Procedures

  • Making of record for reconsideration
  • Post-trial remedies/Reconsideration
  • Petitions for Removal (Labor Code § 5310)
  • Writs
  • Petition to reopen

Professional Responsibility

  • Ethical duties to client, opposing counsel and the Court
  • Bases for sanctions
  • Fee agreements/Bases for fees
  • Prohibited referrals and inducements
  • Dual representation/conflicts of interest
  • California Rules of Professional Conduct

Disability Evaluation

  • Permanent Disability/Description of Disability
  • Psyche/Work function Impairments/Global Assessment of Function (GAF)
  • Causation of disability/Apportionment/Burden of proof
  • Rating instructions
  • Mechanics of rating disability

Please Note: CEB created these course materials and recorded these lectures in preparation for the 2019 examination. While the videos and course materials have not been updated, since CEB does not anticipate significant changes to the scope and structure of the test, all study materials referenced as “Suggested OnLaw Reading” are updated regularly. There may ultimately be subject matter on the test that we did not include in our preparation material. 

WCIC’s Key Features

Included Practice Materials

Test prep material include: WCIC 2019 Practice Multiple Choice Questions Set with Answers; WCIC 2019 Mock Exam Essay Questions and Answers; WCIC 2019 Mock Exam Multiple Choice Questions and Answers

Exam-focused lectures

WCIC is structured as 10 video lectures with study outlines geared to the topics covered on the Specialization Exam—offering approximately 15 hours of MCLE and Specialization hours.

Workers' Compensation Library

Our Intensive Course users tell us that they love augmenting their weekly reading assignments with all the other rich material in CEB’s OnLAW Pro practice area libraries. Get additional insight and analysis for the concepts you need more help with. Access lasts for 1 year from purchase.

Unlimited on-demand MCLE

Above and beyond your assigned Learning Path with the curated Intensive Course materials, you’ll get unrestricted access to CEB’s full library of on-demand CLE videos. Watch what you want, when you want. Access lasts for 1 year from purchase.

Need more information about becoming a certified specialist?

Learn more about specialization and the exams from the State Bar