I had just written recently about the need for change in the way we educate independent adjusters as many of the courses available are cost prohibitive to independent adjusters who must pay their own expenses so when you add hotels, gas mileage, and the course tuition to the mix, it’s almost impossible for them to attend the many types of training that they need.
Here are links to the prior blogs on gas expenses and on carrier certification classes. In fact, I had suggested carriers use a reputable firm such as Vale National Technical schools to administer carrier certifications. Another serious problem is that we are seeing leaps and bounds in new training schools offered by adjusters who barely have experience themselves and the last place new adjusters should be going to obtain valuable training advice. I am hopeful many new adjusters will take advantage instead of taking courses such as these offered by Vale where it not only is offered by a reputable firm but also by a name that is well recognized in the claims industry thus adding value to your resume and training background.
Well the solutions are quickly rolling out! We were very excited yesterday to receive a press release from Vale Tech announcing they are now offering 500 online classes! I can’t tell you the many many times that I’ve talked to new adjusters or seen posts in adjuster forums from folks who wanted Vale field classes but could not afford to attend. Here is the press release:
Here’s the press release:
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 15:54:29 -0500
Subject: Vale National Training Centers Launches 500 New Courses Online
From: Mike Holcomb <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Insurance News Editor email@example.comDear Editor:Attached please find a media release about Vale National Training Centers and the launch of an on-line extension of their training and continuing education curriculum for insurance claims professionals.
Please consider the information for publication in the near future.
Cornerstone Brand Communications, for
Vale National Training Centers.
903-534-5220 FAX 903-534-5811
Vale National Training Centers Launches 500 New Courses Online.
ARLINGTON, Texas – Vale National Training Centers, Inc, a recognized leader in insurance industry educational services, has launched an online extension to their signature classroom-based proficiency development curriculum for claim professionals.
Dramatically increasing their course offerings, Vale National has added approximately 500 distance-learning modules available immediately through a standard web browser. This new capability includes instruction for Texas adjuster licensing, multi-state agent pre-licensing and exam prep, insurance continuing education, professional designations in addition to general business, finance and professional development.
“We’ve been working on this for several years, but see the rapidly evolving industry demands for fast, convenient and cost-efficient personnel education as the perfect environment for this new service,” said Steve LeClaire, president of Vale National Training Centers. “It not only eliminates employee travel and lodging expenses, but lost productivity from being out of the office as well.”
“Combined with our instructor-led courses and their proven record of converting knowledge into applied skill, this library of hundreds of online courses allows us to custom design an ideal program for each training manager and his personnel,” said LeClaire. “We can provide comprehensive training to new employees, supplementation to experienced professionals, focused training for specialized staff and career development for personnel throughout a company. This includes department heads, supervisors, appraisers, adjusters, examiners, as well as local office managers and sales agents.”
Vale National’s online courses are available through their website and can be accessed at anytime and from any computer with an Internet connection and common system compatibility. Basic courses can often be completed in one session, but just as longer courses are divided into multiple learning sessions, the system allows students to work at their own pace, tracking their progress and storing their responses until their course is complete.
The system also gives training managers the ability to review and monitor their employees’ performance, maintaining a record of all subjects mastered and providing notification when course requirements are met successfully.
Vale National Training Centers has trained over 40,000 industry professionals since 1949 and operates instructor-led classroom training facilities in California, Pennsylvania and Texas. A member company of the Cunningham Lindsey Group, Vale National’s online program is developed in partnership with 360˚ Training, an independent online training company.
For more information about Vale National Training Centers or their classroom, on-site or on-line training options, visit http://www.valenational.com or contact Steve LeClaire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Cunningham Lindsey
Cunningham Lindsey U.S. Inc. is an independent insurance claims services company, providing a wide range of claims adjusting services including commercial property and liability, personal lines, catastrophe response, and environmental assessment and remediation. Its national network of 141 offices also provides worldwide services through offices of sister companies within the Cunningham Lindsey Group strategically located throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, continental Europe, the Far East, Latin America and the Middle East. CLUS is a subsidiary of Cunningham Lindsey Group Limited.
Vale is used by many carriers for residential and commerical building estimating courses for their new adjusters. I attended a 3 week Vale course in my early years back in PA and I can attest to the fact the training was outstanding and our class was the toughest I ever took in my career having no residential construction experience when I attended. Whew ….was that ever nerve wracking as it was a requirement to keep our adjusting positions back in those years!
I’ll be going through the course offerings and make a list of recommendations for beginners, intermediate, and advanced courses for those interested in these classes but don’t know where to start so you have some idea where to begin and to prioritize your training if there isn’t already those suggestions on their website.
I don’t want to overlook also mentioning the Automobile, Residential, and Commerical estimating workbooks now also available that I had also just posted about on ClaimSmentor last week when I found them which also would be excellent field reference material for new adjusters or those advancing to commercial claim handling:
We’ll be writing another blog within the next week or so linking to a few more online programs that provide excellent opportunities for online adjuster training.
Another point to be sure to understand is that adjusting firms and carriers understand the value of Vale Tech courses so taking these would be an excellent addition to your resumes upon completion thus they have my FULL endorsement for their new programs!