The Claims Education Conference is merging with the SCLA Annual Conference

January 25, 2013

Claims Education Conference merges

with SCLA Annual Claims Conference!


The Claims Education Conference, presented by International Insurance Institute (III), is thrilled to announce it is merging with The SCLA Annual Claims Conference presented  by American Educational Institute (AEI) and the Society of Claim Law Associates (SCLA)  The new combined conference will be held at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton, Paradise Valley – Scottsdale, Arizona, November 7-9, 2013.

The training staff at III will be providing claims skills training, while SCLA experts will provide the claims law seminars traditionally presented at the SCLA Conference. All past attendees and supporters of the Claims Education Conference usually held in May are now encouraged to join us in Scottsdale this November.

The new SCLA Claims Conference will include:

  • Claims law seminars presented by leading technical and legal experts
  • Claims skills seminars presented by International Insurance Institute
  • Vendor Exhibition Hall
  • AEI Designation Conferment Ceremony
  • Networking opportunities with other claims professionals

The merger of these two conferences will provide value-added services to all attendees. The educational program at the SCLA Claims Conference will now be a complementary blend of both technical and general claims training. Attendees can sharpen their general claims skills, increase their claims law knowledge, and become better claims professionals.

 

REGISTRATION: Registration materials, including fees, hotel information, and a description of the educational seminars will be available on or about February 28, 2013. For more information now, contact an SCLA representative at (908) 766-5920, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, ET or visit their website http://www.sclasociety.org


The Orlando Claims Assn is hosting their 2nd Annual Seminar and Cook off in April 2013- 5 CE’s

January 22, 2013

I’m sharing this post in the Orlando Claim Associations Linkedin group posted today:

Orlando, FL 2nd Annual Claims Seminar with 5 CE’s April 2013

This was posted in the Orlando Claims Assn forum on Linkedin and many of our Florida claims folks may be interested in attending:

Announcement from Orlando Claims Association, Inc. 2nd Annual OCA CE Seminar and Cook-Off Event – REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, 
Registration for this event is now open! Please visit the OCA website to register for this event. It is one-of-a-kind, and the most fun CE seminar you can attend in the State of Florida. This years’ event will host the new state mandated 5-Hour UPDATE Course for ALL Adjusters and will incorporate topics in both the casualty and property arenas. The CE Seminar will conclude at approximately 2:00pm and open up into a Rib Cook-Off where cook-off teams will be ready and waiting for you! They are fighting for number 1, and you will be a judge! The afternoon will include networking, feasting, socializing, games, prizes and live music from Orlando’s own…JILLS CASHBOX! You don’t want to miss it! Registration fees are minimal for a 5-Hour CE class. Please register early. 

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event. It is without fail that sponsors really make these events possibly. Sponsorship opportunities are limited, so please sponsor early. And let’s not forget the cook-off teams!! Last year we sold out of space for cook-off teams and had to turn some away. Please if you are interested, download the information packet, fill out the appropriate paperwork and submit it with your entry fee. 

We are looking forward to another great event. We will see you there!! 

April 18, 2013 
Sheraton Orlando North Hotel 
600 North Lake Destiny Drive 
Maitland, Florida 32751 

http://orlandoclaimsassoc.com/cookoff_registration.html

CE Seminar & Cook-Off orlandoclaimsassoc.com

Orlando Claims Association (OCA) is a professional association of claims adjusters in Orlando, Florida. We have monthly dinner meetings with speakers.


We have now posted sponsor and other claim conferences for 2013 on our Classes link

January 21, 2013

We have now updated our Claims Classes link here on the blog with some important information on NFIP 2013 training dates, sponsor workshops, and other important industry conferences you may wish to view here:

http://dimechimes.wordpress.com/classes/


ClaimSmentor Fundamentals of Property Claims Handling Class Begins May 8, 2012- Deadline to Register is May 5, 2012 at 5pm ET / New Referral Bonus!

April 28, 2012

We have changed the start date of our 2012 Fundamentals of Property Claims Handling Class to begin on May 8, 2012.

We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday evening online LIVE for active class participation and question and answer participation as we go through all class material.

The deadline to register is 5pm ET on May 5, 2012. At that time, all class registrants will receive their login id to access all pre-class reading material before our first session on May 8, 2012.

We look forward to working with all of our class participants then!

Here is a link to read the registration instructions and class details:

http://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/registration-details-on-our-may-2012-claimsmentor-roots-and-wings-fundamental-of-property-claims-adjusting-online-live-class/

Please note we sincerely appreciate all of the referrals we receive from our ClaimSmentor associates and social media group members. As our way of thanking those referring folks to our class, we are now providing the member referral fees of #25.00 for each member when we receive  their paid tuition fee when they let us know you referred them!

 


Registration details on our May 2012 ClaimSmentor Roots and Wings Fundamental of Property Claims Adjusting Online live class

April 17, 2012

Yesterday, I posted information about our upcoming May 2012 five week live online training class for newly licensed adjusters in the following blog which also includes a link to our 125 question self-assessment test to see if this course will benefit you.

http://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/now-accepting-new-registrants-for-our-50-hour-fundamentals-of-claims-course-10-sessions-live-online-take-our-self-assessment-exam-and-see-if-this-is-for-you/

We are overwhelmed with requests for additional information and instructions for registration. We hope the following additional information will help you with your questions and registration information:

2012 ClaimSmentor Roots and Wings Fundamentals of  Property Claims Course Information

Thank you for your inquiry into our upcoming May 2012 Fundamentals of Property Claims Online LIVE class for newly licensed claims adjusters.

We recently wrote about this upcoming course in our social media outlets on Linkedin and in our forums as well as in this post on our Claims Adjuster Information blog  on April 16, 2012 here:

http://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/now-accepting-new-registrants-for-our-50-hour-fundamentals-of-claims-course-10-sessions-live-online-take-our-self-assessment-exam-and-see-if-this-is-for-you/

General Class Information- Dates/Times/ Format

This online LIVE training session will be held beginning the first week of May 2012. It consists of five weeks of training at two sessions per week held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM ET. We will provide the location on the internet to login to access all course material and to log in for classes to paid registrants. All material will be uploaded prior to the first session so class members can read the weekly pre-class reading assignments and class homework session questions at their own convenience to prepare for each upcoming class. All classes are LIVE and we value your input as we discuss the class material for each session to make sure you learn the material and your questions are answered. You will find each class very informative without rose colored glasses giving you the true picture of the property claims industry, carrier expectations, file requirements, employment options as either an independent adjuster or staff adjuster for an insurance carrier.

Please note that Memorial weekend will fall within the class term thus we will not host class Memorial weekend week to allow everyone to enjoy the holiday with family and friends thus we will finish up the course the second week of June 2012.

What is the cost to enroll in the ClaimSmentor Roots and Wings Fundamentals of Claims class?

The class consisting of the ten live sessions is $200.00 plus $25.00 for class material. This is a very reasonable $20.00 per class plus $25.00 for class material.  Divide that
down even further for the 50 class hours and you’ll find this price is unbelievably low.

How do I enroll in the class?

Enrollment is a simple two step process:

1)      Email dkmoroy@dimechimes.com to confirm your intention to enroll. Provide your full name, address,  phone numbers, and adjuster license number so we can begin to complete the registration process to be sure you are included in distribution of class information and emails.

2)      Payment which confirms your enrollment in the class is due no later than April 28, 2012. Payments are accepted through Paypal  at www. Paypal.com.  Paypal accepts payment in the form of credit cards, debit cards, and  electronic checks. Once you login to your Paypal account, you simply click on Send Funds tab at the top of the page. You then send funds to Debbie@Dimechimes.com.  Paypal will send you a receipt for your payment and we will acknowledge your payment and class confirmation.

3)      Refunds are only available for 48 hours after receipt of payment. If for any reason you do need to withdraw from the class at a later date, you will receive credit for any unused portion of your payment to attend any other session held during 2012 or 2013.

4)      Note there is a 20% discount offered to partner/spouses who register at the same time which helps those planning to work with an assistant who may or may not be a licensed adjuster but needs to know the claims protocol to assist you professionally. Just note on your payment in the comments who will be registering with you as an assistant to pay the discount.

Who will be instructing the course?

 

The course is created and hosted primarily by Deborah Moroy, Founder of ClaimSmentor, with over 35 years in the claims
industry with experience progressing through the claims ranks as an in office adjuster, field adjuster, reinspector trainer, claims supervisor, claims superintendent in both field and claim central in office operations, National Catastrophe team management which included supervision of both staff claim representatives and estimators as well as independent adjusters and call center operators and administrative support staff.

Thus the goal is to train you from the perspective of an insurance company claims management perspective so you know the true expectations to excel in the claims business.

You can view my complete profile and background on Linkedin along with recommendations for my work in positions held at:

www.linkedin.com/in/ClaimSmentor

I have taught this program to over 300 participants since 2006 and am amazed at the progress of these class members from the time they took the initial 125 question claim handling assessment test found on our blog to the professional responses to these same questions at the end of the class.

Does the class provide CE adjuster credits?

 

Not at this time. We teach this course for a most reasonable fee and to maintain that expense level, it is virtually impossible to obtain CE Credits from 50 states as we present this material to adjusters registered with ClaimSmentor throughout the USA and Canada. We will be providing CE credits with our extended version of this course in our field five week classes as they will be held in states with a large number of new adjusters making it possible to apply the CE  to the field classes.

Where can I find the class syllabus?

 

All 125 questions in our self assessment test are taught in an organized format to include adjuster resumes, independent fee schedules, independent contracts, agency and claims relationships, file requirements, estimate reconciliations for in office assignments, contents claims handling, additional living expense claims handling, catastrophe operations claim organization and carrier ratio expectations, bad faith claims handling, claim litigation,  working with attorneys and public adjusters, and much much more.

The full syllabus will be included in the class material for registered class members.

Will I obtain a Certificate of Class Completion?

 

Absolutely!

 

The class certificate is provided to all participants in one of two formats:

1)       If you participate in all 10 classes but chose not to submit each class pre-class homework assignment you will receive an Audit Only certificate verifying your attendance and participation in all 10 classes. We will be going over all pre-class assignment questions during each session so you will still acquire the information you need to learn applicable to each session. This option works well for those with a busy schedule which does not allow them time to do the homework questions but please note ALL participants must read all pre-class reading assignments so they can participate in discussions with each class.

2)      If you participate and complete all pre-class assignments, you will receive a full certificate of completion.

3)      NOTE: No certificates can be provided to any participant who does not attend all 10 class sessions without exception as we value the reputation of our classes and want to assure all  registrants receiving our certificates actually grasped the information important to excel in the claims industry.

Thank you again for your interest in learning more about our online classes at ClaimSmentor!


Now accepting new registrants for our 50 Hour Fundamentals of Claims course (10 sessions LIVE online)-take our self assessment exam and see if this is for you.

April 16, 2012

We are in the mist of the 2012 tornado and hail season with hurricane season soon to follow June 1, 2012.

As a result of the massive number of tornadoes and hail storms, we are already beginning to receive roster placement requests from numerous newly licensed property adjusters who believe the fact they have a license and perhaps an xactimate class and/ or a cat 101 class under their belt that they are ready to go out and service claims for carriers as a result of damage from these storms.

Check again- take our annual self assessment exam (free) to see how you fare on this exam and see how many of these basic claim handling questions for property claims you can actually answer:

http://dimechimes.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/have-license-ready-to-go-not-so-quick-take-this-self-assessment-test/

If you find your knowledge lacking after taking the exam, I highly recommend you register for our LIVE online 10 session Fundamentals of Property Claims adjusting class which will start up the first week of May. We will meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights LIVE online from 6:30 to 9:30 pm ET for five weeks to accomplish this training.

New in 2012 we will also be going on the road with an extended version of this course in a five week Monday-Friday to include many practical application workshops, guest speakers, and field trips to enhance your basic claim knowledge. These live classes will initially be offered in Jacksonville, Florida, Huntsville, TX, and Nashville, TN.

For complete details on our reasonable registration fees, course syllabus information, etc email dkmoroy@dimechimes.com for further details.

 


Keeping up to date with estimating platforms in the Property Claim industry- Symbility and MSB Merge/ Farmers and OH windpool now using Symbility

January 31, 2012

I firmly believe adjusters and claim managers need to stay current with changes in the Property and Casualty Claims industry and this week’s hot topic is announcements from Symbility and Bloomberg news that Farmers and the Ohio Windpool are now going to be using Symbility software. You can view both news releases on the following links:

http://www.symbilitysolutions.com/article/news-releases-127.asp

Here is the news release over at Bloomberg news as well:

http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=12298738

To top off those news releases, today we received a news release from Property360.com announcing that MSB (Integriclaim) and Symbility are merging their software firms. I especially appreciate the fact their CEO’s  are hosting a webinar on February 2, 2012 to explain the merger of their two software firms. I’m glad I got my registration in before they reach capacity.

I love Symbility claims software and always used to use the demo of an estimate, scope notes, diagrams and photos in our Fundamentals of Claims class in our estimate reconciliation class with new adjusters. Unfortunately, the last I looked that demo was no longer up on their site.

The concern from an independent adjuster standpoint with Symbility was that they were charged on a per claim basis. This is wonderful on daily claims when an independent receives a limited number of claims per month. Is when they did not like the concept of the per file fee was when working catastrophe losses as even at $5.00 per claim if they received 100 catastrophe claims that would be a $500.00 per month expense which is much greater than the monthly fees charged by Xactware for Xactimate software.

It will be interesting to see how well this Symbility software will be accepted by carriers as it is the insurance company who dictates which estimate software the independent adjusting firms must use in estimate preparation.

There are many discussions going on over at Linkedin on this hot topic.

Here is the link  for more information and to register for the 2/2/12 Webinar:

http://www.propertycasualty360.com/webseminars/marshall-swift-boeckh-and-symbility—teaming-up?pc=WS01.31


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