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Jim Flynt
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2000 - 7:04 pm:   

To all CADO Readers: If you would like a printed copy of my earlier posts which Roy has taken the liberty of not letting you read by censorship and removal, then email me and I will mail you a copy by post.
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2000 - 7:00 pm:   

Removed with permission from the author.
Roy Cupps (Admin)
Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2000 - 6:54 pm:   

You're right Jim, I meant to remove the other post, but I had something else to take care of.

You made some good points in your Certification post, however, it did contain items which I felt did not comply with the guidelines I posted today, instead of editing the post I found it easier just to remove it.
Jim (Jim)
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2000 - 2:37 am:   

Certifications = You get the cookie.

No Certifications = You get the crumbs.
Tomj (Tomj)
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2000 - 8:18 pm:   

The answer is education from the beginning, day one!
Tomweems (Tomweems)
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2000 - 7:05 pm:   

Yes the certifications are a joke. Human resource managers have to have something to do to justify their jobs. Now if you really believe that, work clean up behind a storm just once. It's hard not to laugh sometimes, until you realize that we are dealing with people's lives here. Certifications are not the best answer, but SOMETHING has to be done to thin the herd.
Medulus (Medulus)
Posted on Tuesday, September 19, 2000 - 12:44 am:   

Certifications everywhere. True enough. A few of them get ridiculous. For instance, after working for State Farm for five years as an employee, being sent to State Farm Claim School, being certified in wind, hail, earthquake, attending Vale at State Farm's expense, completing State Farm's Basic Claims course parts 1 through 7......I had to get certified to handle State Farm claims once I became an independent. The certifications I received as a State Farm employee did not qualify me to work for State Farm. Go figure!!!! But, on the other hand, I love to learn how to do my job better. So in the last few months I gladly attended seminars and got certified for NFIP and Tower Hill. This dinosaur isn't going to risk being turned away when there's money to be made. (Don't tell anyone, but I actually enjoy the seminars). Not to mention, once in awhile you see a familiar face at them (It was good to see Kenny Smith at the Tower Hill seminar). Dinosaur, did you actually say catadjusting was part time? Not if I can help it. Pushing for a 40 week year in 2000, looks like I might make it. 40 weeks times 90 hours a week...let's see....3600 hours a year. The typical staffer works a maximum of 2000. Nothing part time about this business.
Kelley (Kelley)
Posted on Sunday, September 17, 2000 - 8:09 pm:   

So often Certification programs do not teach or give you the answers, they only so you where to look for them & how new laws and requirements have changed the policies. To get to the place where we think we know or have experienced it all is terrible. I have seen many adjusters who refuse to educate & update their knowledge go out and not settle a claim properly. Yet at the same time I have seen rookies "know" the proper way to interpret a policy. Updated knowledge is a must. Experience is great but experience with knowledge is even greater. Kelley
Chuck Deaton
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2000 - 11:50 am:   

Luck favors the prepared.
Jim (Jim)
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2000 - 11:24 am:   

PS: We all remember what happened to dinosaurs!
Jim (Jim)
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2000 - 11:20 am:   

Jim, yes an experienced adjuster can always find work (maybe) without certifications.

But think about it, you cannot work for any of the following insurance carriers and entities without it:

Farmers Insurance
State Farm
Lindsey Cunningham
Tower Hill

That is quite a large share of the American insurance market to be passing up. Sort of like an automobile salesman saying he will not sell cars to anyone unless they are wearing a blue shirt or dress.

To each his own I guess.

Jim ("not a dinosaur") Flynt
Jim the Dinosaur
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2000 - 10:06 am:   

All these storm trooper certifications are really a waste of time and expenses especially when mother nature does not cooperate. Normally in the past 30 yrs if a big storm hit and you were an experienced adjuster or storm trooper, theyd take you anyway. Most of the time you couldnt find enough adjusters. Certification seems to be in style these days and every company needs a certification of everything but the kitchen sink. This is ridiclous. Certification is fine for rookies but not for experienced adjusters besides storm trooping is only part tim . Worked a ton of them over the many yrs no certifications ever required until the intellectuals and goverment got involved. Also the correct name is now catastrophe adjsuter not storm trooper. The more things change the more they stay the same.

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