Individuals wanting to work as insurance claims adjusters can qualify to take the licensing exam by completing courses in the field or by earning a degree in risk management and insurance. These programs are offered by community colleges as well as large universities.
10 Schools with Property Claims Adjuster Programs
The following colleges and universities all offer either courses in claims management or degrees in the insurance and risk management field.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth, FL||4-year, Public||Continuing Education (CE) Courses||$111.20**|
|Central Piedmont Community College||Charlotte, NC||2-year, Public||CE Courses||$70**|
|Valencia College||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||CE Courses||$359**|
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, IN||4-year, Public||Certificate, Bachelor's||$ $8,580 (in-state), $18,708 (out-of-state)*|
|Ball State University||Muncie, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$9,498 (in-state), $25,016 (out-of-state)*|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,830 (in-state), $9,944 (out-of-state)*|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||CE Course||$329**|
|University of Colorado - Denver||Denver, CO||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$8,692 (in-state undergrad), $23,704 (out-of-state undergrad)*|
|University of Georgia||Athens, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$11,622 (in-state undergrad), $29,832 (out-of-state undergrad)*|
|University of Wisconsin||Madison, WI||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,415 (in-state undergrad), $29,665 (out-of-state undergrad)*|
Sources: *NCES, **School websites
School Selection Criteria
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for an entry-level job as a claims adjuster. Individuals who want to boost their job prospects through courses or degrees should consider the following when choosing a school:
- Students should consider how much time they have to devote to their studies, as claims adjuster courses can take a matter of days or weeks to complete while bachelor's degree programs typically require four years of full-time study.
- Individuals might want to seek out schools that can prepare them to meet educational prerequisites or prepare them to pass required examinations for licensure.
- Students may want to consider the location of the program, as it will likely be helpful to complete a program in the state in which they plan to work, as insurance and claims rules may vary.
- For bachelor's programs, it may be wise for students to seek out programs that offer internship opportunities as this could help them gain employment after graduation.
Claims Adjuster Course
Individual claims adjuster courses are typically offered by community colleges' continuing education departments. Instruction can consist of anywhere from around 20 to 40 contact hours, and may be delivered on campus or online. Many of these programs focus on preparing graduates to meet state requirements for licensure, and applicants often only need to complete an application; some schools require applicants to have a high school diploma or GED.
Bachelor's Degree in Risk Management and Insurance
Bachelor's degree programs in risk management and insurance are for students who want to gain an advanced knowledge of the insurance industry. Students learn to manage and assess risks in health, life, personal and property insurance. They also study business, finance and marketing, insurance law, and commercial liability.
Depending on a student's goals, including their timeline for entering the job market and past work experiences, both claims adjuster courses and full bachelor's degrees in risk management will set a student up for potential success.