In 2006 I had three FREE boot camps at a Lake House in Liberty County. All were between 30 to 40 hours of extensive scoping and live estimating property claims. I had other instructors as well as myself. This was really a test to see what people with nothing but a license needed. I intended to start a for pay school, but decided a week's boot camp would help, but not be adeguate to survive on a storm.
I was a Claims Mentor and posted on CADO that I would review any estimate sent to me in any format, hand, xmate, powerclaim, simsol, old DOS or what have you. I posted on CADO about one month ago that I would review all PowerClaim estimates (for free) or any other estimate if they were sent to me in the Power Claim format.I did this to learn also. I did not get one response. I have decided to leave the schools to the schools.I really think its a vendors responsibility to send trained people into the field and Pilot, Renfrow, Ebrels, Pacesetter, Worly seem to do this as they see the advantage and also the liability for not doing so.The boot camps had a combine total of 50 people. It was not worth my time and energy
How many of you wanta bees have read your first book on platform construction that is FREE at google wagner-framing. Or principals of property insurance, at any liabrary or gone to Home Depot and look at all the materials or offered to carry a ladder for an experienced adjuster for no pay. Gone to a construction site to see a frame go up and then visit the house each day to understand when each trade was working on the project.
This is sink or swim time folks. A lot of wanta bees will drown. IF you do not drown you will come out fine and then wait for 3 more years for the next big round of hurricanes. I am busy working now, but may bump into some of you at the Appleby's lot when I have a face off with the loudest mold adjuster present.
This does remind me of tropical storm Allison story in .2002. We had a social on Saturday afternoon in Houston. This bunch had about 10 standing around . A new flood adjuster from Arkansas was telling about a house he heard about someplace down on Galveston Bay that was so eat up with mold that they(insurance company) had to bring in a barge, move the complete house onto the barge tow the barge out into the Gulf of Mexico and shove the house off the barge and let it sink to the bottom. Russ Doe and Leonard Parker were present... this story dispered that group.