Public insurance adjusters are typically required to attend continuing education classes regularly to maintain their license.
A combination of licensing, formal education, and insurance agency experience is required to become a public insurance regulator. One of the key points is that in order to become a public insurance regulator, an individual must be willing to work on their own. Public insurance adjusters do not work for any particular insurance company and advocate for the benefit of the individual making a claim.
It can be difficult for working adults to balance work and continuing education courses.
The minimum formal education requirement to become a public insurance assessor is a high school diploma. Many insurance adjusters earn college degrees before entering the field. There is no specific degree requirement, although individuals may find degrees in finance, business administration or economics useful. Some universities offer degree programs and specific courses in insurance.
Rather than an undergraduate college degree, some who wish to become a public insurance adjuster opt for additional experience. If a degree is obtained, direct insurance agency experience is usually required. Individuals may work as private appraisers before opening their own practice or in a related position dealing with insurance claims.
Experience can be gained through a private insurance agency or a company that handles public adjustment claims. Many leading insurers hire recent graduates to work in claims or claims processing departments. While these positions are more customer service oriented in nature and typically involve handling inquiries at an inbound call center, they can provide exposure to the claims process. Some of these insurers may offer cross-training on adjustments and the adjustment process.
It can be beneficial for anyone looking to become a public insurance regulator to gain at least two to three years of experience before starting their own business. Understanding the tuning process and its requirements is very important, as is making contacts with the industry. Just as important is taking the time to build a list of potential clients and referrals before becoming a full-fledged freelancer.
During an individual’s experience with a private insurer or before opening their own agency, local licensing requirements must be met. Each local area will have specific insurance licenses that an individual who wants to become a public regulator must obtain. These licensing requirements will generally have to be maintained and updated periodically, which may require taking adult education courses.
The final step in becoming a public insurance adjuster is to open an office or start a company that specializes in public claims settlements. As public assessors are self-employed, they are responsible for business expenses, soliciting clientele, and submitting adjustment requests on behalf of their clients. Assessors often need to be mobile as they often travel to the location of the claim or where the damage occurred. It is recommended that portable computers, personal digital assistants and digital cameras be included in a public regulator’s business expenses.