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Tropical Storm Isaac approaches US…Now is the time to refresh your Xactimate skills with newest sponsor www.TopAdjuster.comAugust 23, 2012
ClaimSmentor welcomes our newest sponsor at www.topadjuster.com run by Chris Hatcher, AIC who provides an excellent opportunity to obtain your Xactimate Level I and II certifications online at a most reasonable cost.
To view more details about Chris’s claims background, you can view his Linkedin profile here. Make sure to notice the many recommendations on his profile from prior students. I did further research through Xactware who certifies instructors and verified Chris’s certification which you too can view here along with his excellent feedback score here.
As any followers of this blog or our ClaimSmentor forums knows, I have always believed in direct training through Xactware and rarely allow an individual training firm to be a sponsor at ClaimSmentor. I have made an exception with Chris Hatcher after watching him several years and first hand observing his professional skills and development with his program resulting in his association with the National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters and a featured speaker and trainer of Xactimate for the Windstorm Network.
Many independent adjusting firms are now requiring the independent adjuster obtain atleast their Level I and II certification on Xactimate usage to provide some comfort level that they are not deploying an adjuster who may be deploying with insufficient skills to be productive on assignment or an independent adjuster who believes they can “learn on the fly” on a catastrophe assignment. This is a development I am happy to see as the Level I, II, and III certification require the adjuster be tested on their Xactimate skills.
I receive numerous complaints annually about Xactimate training firms who have overcrowded classrooms, lack enough instructor help in the classroom, and little support help or material to use in the field when preparing their own estimates. Most Xactimate classes advertised online by most firms do not offer the actual certifications thus you still must pay a seperate fee to obtain your certifications through Xactware.
Top Adjuster is providing the actual certification Level I and Level II certifications so you are getting your training as well as your certification at a substantially lower cost. Definitely worth giving them a try for your certification needs.
Top Adjuster also offers field training classes for independent adjusting firms, insurance carriers, and for claim seminars so please contact Chris and Rachel Hatcher for further details at email@example.com . If you need Xactimate Sketch training as well you can ask Chris about their new training course on Xactimate Sketch usage.
Kudos to Crawford and Company for hosting 3 Claim Conferences in 2012 FREE providing CE’s, Client Carrier Certifications and MoreFebruary 3, 2012
Beverly Trice posts this news on Linkedin in response to my blog on 2012 Carrier Certifications:
From an email received with more details:
Here is further information about what each of the above claim conferences at Crawford and Company will include:
Crawford & Company | 1001 Summit Boulevard | Atlanta | GA | 30319
2012 Independent Adjuster Carrier Catastrophe Certification Workshops- Contact Eberls Claims Service for InformationJanuary 30, 2012
I am frequently asked for the location and dates of upcoming Property and Auto carrier certification classes with carrier certifications as one of the top requests.
I highly recommend any independent adjuster seeking specific dates and locations contact Eberls Claims Service who is a highly regarded independent adjusting firm. I know they have a training headquarters in Dallas and provide excellent courses for Xactimate Training by one of the handful of people who are actually a Certified Xactimate trainer by Xactware (Jennifer Whitaker).
I have many adjusters who are on their rosters who highly recommend Eberls. I have also supervised Eberl’s adjusters for many years when performing as a National Catastrophe manager for State Farm as well as a Field Team Manager so I feel very confident recommending them.
They can fill you in on the experience requirements, dates of upcoming carrier certification exam dates.
Email Tina Lehman at Eberls at TLehman@Eberls.com to submit your resume and request information should you be looking for a Carrier Certification or other assignments as Eberls is also a Citizens of Florida adjusting firm and I have no doubt respresent many other carriers providing you with an excellent opportunity to receive assignments given your experience level and professionalism meets their needs.
Special thanks go out to the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance CLM for the donation of eight scholarships to their annual claim litigation conference- See Conference DetailsJanuary 25, 2012
ClaimSmentor gives special thanks to Adam Potter, Executive Director of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance for awarding ClaimSmentor eight scholarships to attend their annual claim conference to be held this year in San Diego, CA March 28-30, 2012.
We have passed these on to long time ClaimSmentor sponsors Eberls Claims Service, Mariposa Claims, William Kramer and Associates, and Auto Claims Direct due to the long term committment these firms have made to support our online e-mentoring project.
This conference is an outstanding opportunity for claims adjusters, claim managers, claims counsel- both staff claims and independent claims- to network as well as participate in this conference hosting 350 speakers, CE credits, and a great location.
To learn more about this claims conference, you will find all of the valuable details here.
ClaimSmentor Welcomes Wardlaw Claims as our newest Sponsor- Wardlaw Claims Conference info February 2012January 24, 2012
Special thanks go out to Wardlaw Claims who has joined ClaimSmentor as our newest sponsor. Watch for additional upcoming informationabout all of the training and job opportunities they offer but for now we wish to share a link to their upcoming claim conference to be held February 13 through February 17, 2012 in Waco, TX.
For complete claim conference details and registration, you can view them on their site here.
TWIA Texas Windpool now has the 2012 Adjuster Workshops up for those wishing to register for the 2012 workshops.
Click here for complete details.
#TX #TWIA #windpool #adjusters #claims #insurance #in
NFIP has the claims adjuster workshops now up for your registration purposes for the required 2012 NFIP Claims Adjuster Flood Certification workshops. Here’s the link: click here
Mariposa Claims announces their 2012 Meet and Greet Independent Adjuster Sessions along with Xactimate training sessions- CA, FL, LA, and TXOctober 26, 2011
Mariposa is teaming up with Xactware Level III Certified Barry Smith for an 8 hour XM8 training. Xactimate 27.3: “Preparation is the Key to Success” Acquire the knowledge and skills to quickly create accurate estimates using a variety of Xactimate tools including advanced sketch features. Learn the most efficient ways to set up, dimension, scope, and deliver professional estimates through valuable hands-on training. Class is limited and includes 8 hours of Texas CE credits “Pending registration by the Texas Department of Insurance.” Your paid reservation also includes a full Mariposa Meet and Greet cocktail event from 5-7pm where you will have a chance to meet with Mariposa senior management and executives.
February 22, 2012 Palm Springs, CA Renaissance Palm Springs ($100)
March 2, 2012 Orlando, FL Courtyard by Marriott Orlando Downtown ($100)
March 12, 2012 Houston, TX Spring Hill Suites by Marriott Houston Intercontinental Airport ($100)
April 12, 2012 New Orleans, LA Boomtown Casino ($150)
April 26, 2012 Denver, CO Residence Inn Denver International Airport ($100)
For online reservations please click on this link http://www.mariposaltd.com/index.php?/resources/events
Note if your adjusting firm is interested in posting your announcement on our ClaimSmentor adjuster information blog please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information along with your press announcement on adjuster seminars, adjuster classes, roster needs, vendor services and products, and other news to share with the Property and Casualty claims industry.
January 2012 Windstorm Network Conference- Orlando, FL/ Also put to rest the rumor that attendee majority were public adjusters- see statsSeptember 22, 2011
The 2012 Windstorm Network Conference will be held in January 2012 in Orlando, FL from January 30, 2012 through February 2, 2012.
While researching the 2011 conference and attendees due to an upcoming opportunity to speak on behalf of ClaimSmentor to the 2012 network, I came across a most interesting blog entry putting to rest rumors even I had heard that the Windstorm network attendees are public adjusters in the majority of cases.
This article on the actual statistics put out by Attorney Chip Merlin, current Windstorm Network President, dispells these rumors and shows that attendees are 4 to 1 dominated by independent claims personnel and staff claims personnel. I hope you find this article interesting when considering both sponsorship opportunities as well as attendance participation. All in all, I find it an outstanding networking opportunity for all parties concerned in wind topics which are important for all of us in the Property and Casualty claims industry:
Conference Registration– Click here
Let’s talk Xactimate training!
I continue to be annoyed each and everytime I see another outrageous charge for Xactimate training by many sources who have little under their belt besides a few months to a few years of catastrophe adjusting.
First and foremost, before you pay any fee to any organization you need to verify through Xactware whether or not they are even Xactware certified to vouch for their expertise in the Xactimate programs. It is simple to do so, here is a link at Xactware where you can find instructors and verify if they have certified with them to teach a course to assure you are learning from a true and TESTED expert in this field: View list here
The second most important reason to take your training from an Xactimate certified instructor is due to the fact only XACTWARE can actually certify you in your training by truly testing your skills to verify you are adept at using their software. They offer Level I, Level II, and Level III online certification tests. I have seen variations in requirements by adjusting firms asking adjusters to obtain their Level I and Level II and sometimes Level III certification. Thus, even if you paid an outrageous price from a non certified vendor and haven’t taken the certification level testing, it is worthless from the standpoint of securing the required Xactware certification.
You will also note that Xactware lists Certified users on their website which you can view here . It is without a doubt if I owned an independent adjusting firm and searching for qualified adjusters, I’d definitely start with this list which even shows the adjuster state of residence as well- what a find for an independent firm looking for good daily property adjusters!
The contact I received that prompted this blog post was from one of my favorite claims associations. They were proposing offering of Xactimate training by a source offering the class for $5,500.00 to the group thus the cost per participant would be apparently divided among the participants. The name of the trainer was not revealed in the email received and they could or could not be Xactware certified but I have let the group know my thoughts which was the very reason for the existence of ClaimSmentor to prevent the training abuses I have witnessed in the independent field by, in some cases, very poor trainers and very worthless certificates for attendance being given to class attendees. As a claim manager and knowing the problems existing out there with many of the training firms, a certificate of attendance at training is worthless when it isn’t backed up by proper testing to make sure you can actually produce a professional estimate and claim file.
It is almost certain trainee adjusters are spending upwards towards $10,000 dollars attending claim conferences, seminars, insurance carrier certification workshops and in the majority of their cases they have yet to receive their first assignment. It is actually shocking. More on this subject later.
In the meantime, I cannot stress enough that you should take your Xactimate training directly from the source. It is more cost effective, it accomplishes the need to properly get certified to your own advantage, and with all of the new options they have available through webinars, online training, self study training, and opportunities to take field classes you obtain the proper workbooks so you’ll have them on the road with your first assignments, but also find step by step guidelines to reference as needed.
The most common complaints I hear constantly from adjusters taking Xactimate courses from numerous other sources include but not limited to the fact that the trainer to student ratio is very poor, that hours into the first day are wasted while instructors have to load Xactware on adjusters computers who didn’t follow instructions to do so before classes, and that they walked away with no training material whatsoever for future references which is greatly needed when it may be months between your class instruction and when you actually receive your first assignments.
Listen folks, do yourselves a favor and take this training seriously. It isn’t he with the cheapest class or the class most convenient to your home that matters. If your estimates are not professional and properly formatted, as an independent you will earn NOTHING as your files will continue to be rejected for corrections. Over the years of running ClaimSmentor, I’ve heard countless number of stories from trainee adjusters who couldn’t cut it in the field and were released and sent home due to poor estimatics, poor estimating skills, and many other reasons we discuss in our Fundamentals of Claims courses.
Do the right thing for your own career.Here is the list of all programs Xactware offers on webinars and Xactimate training….run don’t walk to register through Xactware for all of your Xactimate training needs. I just cannot stress this enough. You can prevent becoming a victim of poor training without certification and have all of the options to meet your individual learning styles such as instructor lead, self study, webinars, etc all the while saving on those costly traveling expenses to attend field classes.
We continue to thank Xactware for the ever continuing effort they make with great progess I’d say in the last year or two to making Xactimate training options even more user friendly for adjusters today than ever before!
To all of you Xactimate users who have obtained your Level I, Level II, and even your Level III certification- my hat’s off to you for taking the professional route to learning the software. I understand there is a fee for each level of testing which is outlined on the Xactware site but for what it can do for your career and opportunities as well as your own comfort level- BRAVO to you!
We are hosting a live online class at ClaimSmentor for Additional Living Expense claims June 13, 2011 and June 16, 2011June 6, 2011
An interesting article found on the Huffington Post news regarding the huge increase in people displaced in 2010 from natural disasters as well as what we are witnessing across our nation has lead to an increased number of requests for Addtional Living Expense training for new residential property claims adjusters.
We are hosting a two night class live online at ClaimSmentor Monday June 13, 2011 and Thursday June 16, 2011 from 6-9pm CST.
This course will cover Additional Living expense claim handling, Homeowner policy provisions for ALE, and training on an ALE worksheet used by the majority of insurance carriers. There will be pre-class reading assignments so I must have registrants information and email by Saturday June 11, 2011.
For more information to register, email email@example.com and we’ll send complete details.
Here is the link to the upcoming PLRB Eastern Conference to be held in Baltimore, MD June 22-23, 2011.
I am always most impressed with the exhibitors who attend the PLRB conferences as an outstanding next working opportunity for adjusting firms, adjusters, and insurance companies alike. It is just unfortunate that independent adjusters can’t attend at a lower rate as many staff adjusters and claims managers can attend free due to their employer’s membership in PLRB as you’ll see on the registration links.
For all CE information, registration forms, and exhibitor information, you can view it on this link:
Join the Southern California Inland Empire Claims Association for their CE Summer School Seminar July 13-14, 2011June 1, 2011
Here is an excellent opportunity for California Insurance adjusters to earn CE credits through the southern California Inland Empire Claims Association CE Summer School. Claims Associations also provide an excellent opportunity to network with others in the claims industry and to learn about local claim job opportunities.
For complete details on the summer school program they are hosting view this link from them:
Another great bit of information learned from Linkedin groups!
ClaimSmentor newest Sponsor- Action Catastrophe Team to host Citizens of Florida Daily and Catastrophe Team 2011 Certification ClassesJanuary 20, 2011
Thanks to Tom Nowalowski, President and owner of Action Catastrophe Team who I have known and worked with during the major 4 in 04 hurricane season is our latest sponsor on ClaimSmentor. Special thanks to him for supporting our online e-mentoring program at ClaimSmentor and for sharing his class schedule with our members.
Tom does have one request that you go to their website linked above and fill out the adjuster information sheet which is required to register for their free Citizens of Florida 2011 classes which are listed below:
Here is Ken Feinburg’s BP Claims Townhall meetings schedule for meetings scheduled today-Wednesay in LA, AL, and MS. Several of us from the Gulf Coast Claims Assn will be attending the Fort Walton Beach townhall meeting Wednesday:
We hope to meet many other Florida claims adjusters and claims managers there! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to meet up with us over there so we can network while there!
#in #claims #adjusters #insurance #BP Oil Spill #GCCF #Ken Feinburg
2011 Independent Adjusting Firm Claim Conferences for Independent Property and Casualty Claim AdjustersJanuary 3, 2011
Opportunities abound for independent adjusters to attend Property and Casualty independent adjusting firm seminars.
Adjusting firms normally schedule their annual claim conferences between January and May each year prior to the start of hurricane season June 1st.
Below is a list of conferences we have found posted on adjusting firm websites. If we have missed yours and you would like it included in this list, please email email@example.com to have yours included in this list. We share this list online on ClaimSmentor with our 1600 members as well as here on the blog which will surpass 200,000 viewers shortly, and on twitter with 947 followers and our 2 linkedin sites with 1,000 members.
Listed by claim conference date, here is what we know about thus far:
NACA- National Association of Catastrophe Adjusters claims conference is the first of the year to be held in Daytona Beach, FL this year from January 10-13 , 2011:
Worley Catastrophe claim conference will be held January 26-28, 2011 in Memphis, TN:
ATEC conference– Jacksonville, FL February 2-5, 2011
Evans Claims Conference will be held 2/4-2/5, 2011 in Huntsville, TX:
Mariposa Claims Meet and Greet- February 10, 2011- Orlando/Lake Mary, FL
CNC Resource– Catastrophe and Flood Annual Conference- February 14-18, 2011 in Mobile, AL:
Mason Claims to be held 2/16-2/18, 2011 in Texas:
Mariposa Claims Meet and Greet- San Diego, CA 2/17/2011
RJMW claim conference to be held February 21-23, 2011 in Charlotte, NC:
Eberls claims conference to be held February 21-24, 2011 in Nashville, TN:
NCA Group Catastrophe Adjuster Camp- February 22-25, 2011 in Nashville, TN
Walker Group claim conference to be held February 24-26, 2011 in Orlando, FL
Mariposa Claims Meet and Greet meeting in Minneapolis, MN March 23, 2011:
Mariposa Claims Meet and Greet meeting in Minneapolis, MN March 24, 2011:
Mariposa Claims meet and greet meeting in New Orleans, LA April 8, 2011:
Crawford and Company annual catastrophe claims conference to be held in Atlanta, GA April 11-15, 2011 :
Crawford and Company west coast claims conference to be held in Dallas, TX May 1-6, 2011:
National Association of Independent Adjusters will be held May 9-12, 2011 in Point Clear Alabama (near Mobile):
ClaimSmentor strongly supports the Council on Litigation Management for the claims industry. Their mission as stated on their website is foster cooperation and education in the claim industry.
They offer a vast array of FREE adjuster CE classes covering hot topics in the claims industry. If you are an adjusting firm or an insurance carrier, you can schedule classes through them and they provide the instructors and handle the CE.
Here is a link to all available courses based on adjuster skill level:
To view their calendar of already scheduled classes you can attend in locations nationwide, here is the link:
The Claims Litigation and Management organziation is hosting their annual conference in March 2011 in New Orleans, LA. For a complete list of the class schedules and conference details, here is the link:
Please be sure to let Adam Potter and others you speak with when you schedule to attend these events or to host a class for your adjusters that you learned about it from ClaimSmentor!