How to Select a Public Adjuster Program
Public adjusters work with victims of floods, fires and natural disasters, like hurricanes or tornadoes. Training options for the profession are offered at many colleges and universities in the form of pre-licensure courses and certificate programs. Some states require aspiring public adjusters to complete an apprenticeship prior to obtaining a license to practice independently. An individual can choose training applicable to a particular industry, such as automotive or real estate, or he or she might opt to learn the business from an insurance, accounting or business perspective.
When selecting a public adjuster training program, students should keep the following in mind:
- Students may want to choose a certificate program that prepares them for their state certification exam.
- High school graduates interested in becoming public adjusters can take pre-licensure courses, which are shorter in length than a certificate program, through colleges and professional organizations.
- Students may also want to consider that, in addition to programs offered by schools, organizations like the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) offer apprenticeship programs; however, students may be required to obtain apprentice-level licensure before beginning such a program.
- NAPIA also awards two levels of professional certification to practicing public adjusters with five or ten years of experience after they pass a certification examination.
Program Overviews for Public Adjusters
Certificate in Insurance Claims Adjusting
Certificate programs in insurance and claims adjusting vary in length from a few months to over a year. Some schools offer online learning for working or remote students. Core courses typically include insurance and legal topics, and students can often take elective coursework in a particular field, such as finance, real estate or health insurance. Students might need to be enrolled in a degree program, though several schools have no prerequisites. Programs may include practice licensure testing and certification exam preparation. Specific topics include:
- Reviewing policy information
- Investigation of insurance claims
- Report writing
Pre-licensure courses focus on helping aspiring public adjusters prepare for the state's license examination. Some coursework might be required prior to taking a state examination, and pre-licensure courses could aid those participating in apprenticeship programs. These courses provide education on appraising claims related to:
- Health issues
Professional Development Courses
Several schools, state licensing offices and professional organizations also offer courses in areas of public claims adjusting that are designed to satisfy continuing education requirements for state licensure. Both on-campus and online classes are available. Some common subjects include:
- Insurance law
- Insurance types
10 Schools with Public Adjuster Training
|University of Central Florida||4-year, Public|
|St. John's University||4-year, Private|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||4-year, Public|
|Tarrant County College District||2-year, Public|
|Florida Community College at Jacksonville||2-year, Public|
|University of Iowa||4-year, Public|
|Miami Dade College||4-year, Public|
|Broward College||4-year, Public|
|Palm Beach State College||4-year, Public|
|Gulf Coast State College||4-year, Public|