Posted By Tommy on 05 Oct 2011 02:31 PM
What other certifications are needed for someone with a Tx all lines license? (I am getting the the SF policy and estimatics certification in a couple of weeks as recommended by Worley.
Tommy, it is my strong belief that whilst certifications may have their place, that place is NOT with the newly licensed adjuster. There is not one single certification that will do you any good if you do not have a strong working knowledge of XM8. You must have the ability to run multiple estimates a night, one night every night. The number one reason new adjusters fail on their first storm and either quit or they are asked to leave is lack of XM8 skills.
THE LAST PLACE TO REALIZE YOU NEED MORE INSTRUCTION ON XM8 IS OUT IN THE FIELD
Carrier certifications are the exception to my beliefs as they are a necessary evil to work for said carriers. Many new adjusters are led to believe that the State Farm certification whether through Worley, Eberls, EA Renfroe, Pilot is the holy grail and the quickest path to riches. Every single one of my newly licensed members who have obtained the SF cert and went to work for State Farm have almost unanimously and without fail swear they will NEVER work for SF again. The reasoning is that the paperwork burden is ridiculously inefficient and NOT conducive to a streamlined process.
I have been told that SF has apparently seen the error of their ways and as such have begun to institute a "NEW" efficient paperwork burden and are educating folks with a 25 hour course. If that is true, then that is fantastic for all involved.
Tommy, do not fall under the ether of the certification mill at this time. It is in your best interests to limit your training dollars exclusively towards as many XM8 classes as necessary to be able to live eat and breath XM8. Your goal should be to attain level 3 knowledge of XM8. Do not need to be level 3 certified, you do need to have level 3 knowledge.
With a commmand of XM8 and a strong understanding of policy (IE...HO-1/2/3/4 etc... and DP series of policies) which you can learn for free by going to www.claimspages.com and downloading and studying the different policies. You will also find info related towards Commercial policies however as a new adjuster, it is unlikely you will be working ANY commercial claims at this point in your career.
XM8, strong policy knowledge and do whatever you can to get some field experience with ride alongs or what have you and you WILL put yourself ahead of 80% of the rookie adjusters
Good luck and god bless
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