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Which is the best path for Xactware certification in 2012
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Banyan Rider
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09/04/2012 5:55 PM

    I have searched through the site but didn't get a clear answer as to the best method to be certified on XM8 27.* in 2012. I've read that experience on a paying claim is the best way but other options are:

    • Xactware Classroom 
    • Xactware Virtual Classroom
    • Xactware self-paced or Disc-based
    • Third Party courses taught by certified Xactware Experts
    • Webinar training (like Adjusterstraining or CiscoWebex)
    • Or Books purchased online

    Can anyone help me steer clear of the pitfalls, marketing fluff, and traps before I make my choice?

    If I can't gather experienced opinions, or my research fails to clearly direct me, I tend to chose the "horse's mouth" and head for the original source. It might be more expensive but I'm sure to learn what I need to learn. SOOooooooooo I was going to select the "Xactware Virtual Classroom" since I'm an advanced computer user and quick study with software. 

    Would this be the best choice?
    Thanks!

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    CatAdjusterX
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    09/09/2012 2:27 AM
    Posted By Banyan Rider on 04 Sep 2012 05:55 PM

    I have searched through the site but didn't get a clear answer as to the best method to be certified on XM8 27.* in 2012. I've read that experience on a paying claim is the best way but other options are:

    • Xactware Classroom 
    • Xactware Virtual Classroom
    • Xactware self-paced or Disc-based
    • Third Party courses taught by certified Xactware Experts
    • Webinar training (like Adjusterstraining or CiscoWebex)
    • Or Books purchased online

    Can anyone help me steer clear of the pitfalls, marketing fluff, and traps before I make my choice?

    If I can't gather experienced opinions, or my research fails to clearly direct me, I tend to chose the "horse's mouth" and head for the original source. It might be more expensive but I'm sure to learn what I need to learn. SOOooooooooo I was going to select the "Xactware Virtual Classroom" since I'm an advanced computer user and quick study with software. 

    Would this be the best choice?
    Thanks!

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    Banyan, shoot me an email for more info, there are plenty of pitfalls to say the least.

    catadjusterx@gmail.com 

    "A good leader leads..... ..... but a great leader is followed !!" CatAdjusterX@gmail.com
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    Jud G.
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    09/18/2012 10:52 PM

    Assuming you are not working claims; get the book, practice estimating some fake losses on your house, and then take an online Xactimate course.  After that, you will be ready for at least the Level 1 Certification.

    I have a hunch that Robby here is going to bash the Certification, but I know too many vendors who value the certification.  That simple fact alone gives it validity.  Good luck.

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    CatAdjusterX
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    09/20/2012 11:04 PM
    Posted By Jud G. on 18 Sep 2012 10:52 PM

    Assuming you are not working claims; get the book, practice estimating some fake losses on your house, and then take an online Xactimate course.  After that, you will be ready for at least the Level 1 Certification.

    I have a hunch that Robby here is going to bash the Certification, but I know too many vendors who value the certification.  That simple fact alone gives it validity.  Good luck.

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    Hi Jud, nah, I am not going to bash an XM8 certification. XM8 certs are but a few certifications I would wholeheartedly recommend for our rookie brethren and industry veterans alike.

    XM8 level 1/2/3 knowledge is far more important that a XM8 level 1/2/3 certification. Nevertheless, to have a XM8 level 3 certification on their resume WILL indeed set them apart from the masses  

    "A good leader leads..... ..... but a great leader is followed !!" CatAdjusterX@gmail.com
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    pondman
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    01/04/2013 10:53 AM
    Banyan,

    Robby is correct when he states knowledge is far more important than a certification, but allow me to expand. Just because you have a certificate doesn't mean you will be able to work programs in the field. However; if you are somewhat computer smart as most people, take the class and understand the logic behind why, and what you are doing, have some construction knowledge, then certifications are the firtst step to your long career. Robby always says, and I repeat, NEVER take a deployment if you CANNOT work XM8 with confidence. You will have a short career. He is correct. Scope, Estimate, and Close.

    With that in mind, take the certification. I can tell you from experience that if you have computer smarts, use two laptops, take the class on-line throught TOP ADJUSTER. Call and talk to Chris himself. Even if you know XM8 a little take this class. It will be the best money you spend.

    After you find a compnay you wish to work with and hopefully deployed then you can refresh at their conferences and get CE credits.

    Good Luck in your adventure.
    Give them what they want, when they want it, and how they want it !
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