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.
10 Schools with Public Adjuster Training
The table shown provides additional information on schools with public adjuster programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degree Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|University of Central Florida||Orlando, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$299.00|
|St. John's University||Queens, NY||4-year, Private||Certificate||$37,870|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,830 in state, $9,944 out of state|
|Tarrant County College District||Fort Worth, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate||$415.00|
|Florida Community College at Jacksonville||Jacksonville, FL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$82.00|
|University of Iowa||Iowa City, IA||4-year, Public||Certificate||$8,014 in state, $27,890 out of state|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$459.00|
|Broward College||Fort Lauderdale, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$390.00|
|Palm Beach State College||Lake Worth, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$2,444 in state, $8,732 out of state|
|Gulf Coast State College||Panama City, FL||4-year, Public||Certificate||$335.00|
Source: National Center for Education Statistics
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School Selection Criteria
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 can take pre-licensure courses, which are shorter in length than a certificate program, through colleges and professional organizations.
- Consider organizations like the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) that offer apprenticeship programs; however, apprentice-level licensure may be required before beginning 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.
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. Programs may include practice licensure testing and certification exam preparation.
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.
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.
Public adjuster training and education programs are found at colleges and universities and may be a certification program, professional development course or a pre-licensure program. Internships or apprenticeships may also be offered through schools and professional organizations for those seeking further training.