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Tom Weems
Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2000 - 9:28 am:   

Heyyyy, that's kinda tough on them don't you think? While it's true that most of us don't hand write files anymore, I thought it was fun to do one for a change. The only problem I had was that I didn't have a calculator with a tape, and I had to turn in the mess I made on the paper, because we didn't have time to rewrite the darn thing before turning it in. I hate to let anyone see my work when it's that messy.

While it's true that we didn't talk policy very much, it will all change anyway twice a day for the first 3 weeks after something hits. That's one of the things that makes this profession interesting. I think they change the rules just to keep us from getting bored! *grin*

I think the reason it was so horrible is that we were not prepared for it, and all of us are getting tired of taking tests three or four times a year for every carrier that can come up with one. I know that I am very tired of doing 12 hours of continuing education, taking tests all the time given by carriers that I have been working for years for, and going to NFIP workshops and hearing the same speech that I heard last year. Price of admittance I guess. Nothing against Dick or Marlin, but how many different ways can you say the same thing. This new requirement of a workship every year, plus not giving us CE credit for it gives me a headache.
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 - 11:56 pm:   

Correct -
Several of us took the test approx 3 weeks ago and were amazed that FWUA could design a written test that requires over 4-5 hrs in "attempting to complete" Our session was the Beta test group...

We all failed including FWUA who advised the test was not proper for the group. It appears their attempt for us to "handwrite" estimates was a failure.(who hand-writes estimate anyway?) The test was void of policy questions or information regarding the commercial policy coverages and exclusions. FWUA missed the mark! If you need a copy please advise, however, I doubt you will see this test again....

FWUA must be back on the drawing board and attempting to replace this test, and re-write an exam that follows a similar program as their residential certification program.

Would you believe this certification never went over the policy coverages in class - and we spent hours on the FLA CONDO problems and the FLA Statutes governing this problem... and how it will all soon change anyway. We were provide a copy of the policy without discussion, and handed a test based on hand writing several estimates. We never understood their approach, because we all understand estimating and were looking for information on the commercial policy...
Who would have thunk it? only FWUA
Posted on Tuesday, April 11, 2000 - 7:01 pm:   

Its my understanding that there is a new set of policies out for FWUA and that there are new test given for commercial & condos. I have even heard that they are horrible. I am wondering if anyone out there has taken the current one and what they thought of it. If you don't want to post feel free to email me. I am really interested in your thoughts. Its also my understanding that you must take this new test and seminar before you can work their claims this year.Thanks in advance

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