Learn everything you need to know to start a new career as an Insurance Claims Adjuster. Gain an understanding of various branches of the insurance industry, automotive, home, worker's compensation, health, and life, plus develop interpersonal skills, written communications, and practical claims adjustment skills. The coursework trains students to:
Instruction Pack I introduces students to careers in the field of insurance claims adjustment. Students learn the basics of insurance, including concepts and terminology. They also study the importance of strong interpersonal skills as they pertain to this career. After all, insurance claims adjusters must be able to calm clients, interview witnesses and negotiate settlements. Therefore, this instruction pack enables students to obtain a firm foundation of the claims adjustment process. Finally, students get their first taste of specific insurance types as they take an in-depth look at health and accident insurance.
Instruction Pack II begins with detailed information about life and auto insurance. Students study terminology, polices, types and specific situations. Next, students learn why strong math and written communication skills are a must-have for any claims adjuster. They apply information about percentages, decimals, and fractions to typical claims situations—such as calculating settlements. In addition, students review parts of speech, spelling and grammatical rules and proper sentence and paragraph structure and use these skills to write effective claims-adjuster reports.
Instruction Pack III teaches students the basics of both residential and commercial property insurance. Students also study different types of liability insurance, as well as types of catastrophe insurance, which include protection against damages from earthquakes, fires, floods, and tornados. In addition, students discover how to analyze and estimate workers’ compensation claims. Finally, they assess some of the common legal and ethical issues that insurance claims adjusters encounter.
Instruction Pack IV explains basic safety precautions and procedures that claims adjusters use––from ladder safety to hazardous materials safety. Then, students apply the math skills gained previously in this course to verify bills and estimates, as well as negotiate and calculate settlements. This pack also introduces students to tools of the claims-adjuster trade, such as cameras, cell phones, computers, calculators, measuring devices, transportation and much more.
Instruction Pack V provides students with the computer skills necessary to work in the field. Students work with Microsoft® Word and Excel® and their many helpful features. Then, students combine their knowledge of the claims adjustment process with what they learned about accident, health, life, automobile, property, liability, and catastrophe insurance. Students study real-life claims and walk through each scenario, as well as try their hands at similar scenarios. This pack concludes with a real-world practicum that allows students to apply everything they’ve learned about claims adjustment throughout the course.