Those who are interested in becoming auto insurance appraisers can consider enrolling in programs offered by community colleges, technical schools and 4-year colleges and universities.
10 Schools with Auto Insurance Appraisal programs
These schools offer programs in auto technology and/or insurance.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-16)*|
|Indiana State University||Terre Haute, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Undergraduate Certificate||$8,580 in-state, $18,708 out-of-state|
|University of Houston-Downtown||Houston, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$5,780 in-state, $15,140 out-of-state|
|St. John's University||Collegeville, MN||4-year, Private||Bachelor's, Undergraduate Certificate||$40,226|
|New England Institute of Technology||East Greenwich, RI||4-year, Private||Associate's||$23,031|
|Eastfield College||Mesquite, TX||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$1,770 in-district, $3,330 in-state, $5,220 out-of-state|
|Green River College||Auburn, WA||2-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$4,344 in-state, $4,751 out-of-state|
|Ferris State University||Big Rapids, MI||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's, Undergraduate Certificate||$10,970 in-state, $17,562 out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||Williamsport, PA||4-year, Public||Associate's, Undergraduate Certificate||$15,810 in-state, $22,470 out-of-state|
|University of Hartford||West Hartford, CT||4-year, Private||Bachelor's||$36,460|
|Illinois State University||Normal, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,666 in-state, $21,482 out-of-state|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in getting into auto insurance appraisal programs should make important considerations:
- Auto technology programs ensure that future specialists have knowledge in repair procedures and costs, while insurance programs acquaint them with the industry.
- Auto technology programs should include courses in bookkeeping to help students track collision repair costs.
- General insurance programs may be useful, but some offer specialties. Check to see if schools offer auto insurance training.
- Programs that offer internships may be advantageous, since employers seek appraisers with relevant work experience.
Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology and Repair
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs in automotive technology or auto body collision focus on structure and non-structural repair, including metal fabrication, welding, collision repair estimating, and body repair. Students may have opportunities to participate in internships.
Bachelor of Science in Automotive Technology
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) programs in automotive technology are useful for people interested in becoming auto insurance appraisers and for those who seek positions in management, engineering and marketing. Courses are usually offered in specific aspects of automotive repair, like brake lines, fuel systems, and suspension, steering and alignment. Students may be required to complete a senior project or internship.
Bachelor's Degree in Insurance and Risk Management
Programs in insurance and risk management are designed to teach students the fundamentals of the insurance industry. Courses relevant to aspiring auto insurance appraisers include property insurance, liability insurance, and insurance operations. Internship opportunities are often required and can provide practical work experience in the field.
Auto insurance appraisers can benefit from postsecondary education which strengthens their understanding of automobile care and repair and/or insurance policies. They should look for programs that offer hands-on experience and a broad curriculum.