The real question is… can you afford not to?
As the third session came to a close, several things have become crystal clear. Here is just a small list of those things.
- Price – The only ones who are concerned about the price, at $2,000.00 per session, are the ones who have not been, or did not attend a workshop. Every single student who has attended has stated, without fail, that the contracts and documents, along with the proper use of them, is worth the admission alone.
- Hunger – There is a thirst for knowledge that exceeds anything I have ever witnessed. Those who have attended have one thing in mind. Learning.
- Camaraderie – When we let down the barriers, speak openly and honestly, we build relationships that transcend the classroom.
- Bulls-eye – With the publishing of Zelle, LLP’s slide defining what an actual Public Insurance Adjuster is for their profitable intents and purposes. Here is a link along with the article Chip Merlin penned, titled “What Does the Insurance Industry Teach Itself About Public Insurance Adjusters?”
- What you get – Minimum 40 hours of hands on. Minimum is specified simply because we normally exceed that, by quite a bit. That translates to 10 hours of law and ethics with Attorney Shaun Hodge. 10 hours of documents and contracts with Licensed Public Insurance Adjuster Melanie Spoon. 20 hours with me, Cal Spoon.
- Sacrifice – The three of us are top earners in our fields. The small amount we charge for the sessions in no way makes up for what we lose in lost earnings for that 40 hours. Not even close. That means that if we are going to sacrifice our earnings, and freely give that which we have built over a lifetime, leading to successful and long lived careers, you are going to need to sacrifice something as well. We understand the mechanics, because we designed the process. Motel, plus expenses, plus a week away… Yes. We had a student in the second class, on the fourth day, send an email to a carrier they had been fighting with for almost 6 months. Friday, the very next morning, he received a text in class from his client, stating they had received confirmation from the carrier that check was being sent overnight. The amount of the check… $448,000.00. Simple math. 10% fee = $44,800.00 – $2,000.00 session = $42,800.00 ROI, before leaving the class…
We offer the full 24 hour continuing education for Texas, but we have found, when students are given the choice of either the credits, or real world training, the choice has been real world training.
Session 004-19 will be held on November 11th thru the 14th and will be the only November session. 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.
Here is another recent article I like from Chip, explaining what carriers do with all that money. “How Florida Insurers Make Millions on The Side”
As always and forever, #ProtectTheInsured!
If CE route is chosen, it will go as follows: (Choice is made by majority vote at beginning of 1st day.) The same items are gone over, the difference is we can pick what areas you are actually having trouble on, and focus on them. Last class left with their most problematic claims at closing points. (Appraisal and PIA)
Our Texas State Credentials, found @ hyper-link below.
Type of Study: Classroom
Location 902 51st Street, Galveston, Texas 77551
Course length: Course will be five consecutive days, beginning Monday. Course will be eight hours per day, for a total of 40 hours. We understand that the minimum requirement for our profession is 24 hours. We are not trying to reach the minimums, we are going to exceed them, thereby assuring that anyone who has attended, and passed, will be more than capable of performing the duties of a Licensed Public Insurance Adjuster. For those who need CE, they will receive the hours credited through Sircon and a certificate of completion for 24 hours as well as a certificate of completion for the full 40-hour course.
Time Activity Classroom Hours
08:00 am – 10:00 am Ethics and Law 2.0 hours
10:00 am – 10:15 am Morning Break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm Policy and Interpretation 1.45 hours
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 02:45 pm Policy and Interpretation 2.15 hours
02:45 pm – 03:00 pm Afternoon Break
03:00 pm – 05:00 pm Application of lesson to a claim 2.0 hours
The following course topics and discussions will be gone through, thoroughly, beginning to end for the Ethics and Law portion:
- Texas Prompt Payment of Claims
Acceptance/Rejection/Additional Information Request
Payment of claim
Court decisions on Texas Prompt Payment of Claims
- Ethical duties in adjusting a claim and submitting documents on behalf of an insured.
Prior loss history
Duty to fully investigate
Sworn Proof of Loss
Examination Under Oath
- Texas Insurance Code Chapters 541 & 542
Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
Unfair Claims Settlement Practices
Deceptive and false information regarding policy coverage.
Statutory Bad Faith
False, misleading information, failure to disclose known facts impacting the claims adjustment
Recent court decisions interpreting Chapters 541 & 542
- Public Adjusting 101
Public Adjuster Rules
Public Adjuster Obligations
Ethical and Legal Requirements of Public Adjusters
Conflicts of Interest and prohibited conduct
Unauthorized Practice of Law
Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting
- Recent appellate decisions concerning Public Adjusters and the appraisal process
Public Adjuster liens
Endorsement of claims check (fiduciary duties)
Rights of Public Adjusters
Interpretation of appraisal provisions (competent and independent)
Survival of bad faith and prompt payment of claims post appraisal
Allowed compensation of appraiser’s expert witness
The following course topics and discussions will be gone through, thoroughly, beginning to end for the general knowledge portion:
- Insurance fundamentals – Updated 03/03/2018
Insurance Defined & the Principle of Risk
Elements & Characteristics of Insurance Contracts
Important Terms Pertaining to Insurance Contracts
The State Insurance Department
- Insurance Companies – Updated 01/19/2018
Insurance Companies – Classifications
Insurance companies – Agents, Producers, Brokers
- Property Insurance Concepts – Updated 03/08/2018
Property Insurance Concepts
Loss Valuation & Settlement methods
- Liability Insurance Concepts – Updated 01/05/2018
Liability Insurance Concepts- Updated 01/05/2018
- Unfair Claim Settlement Practice Act – Updated 10/23/2017
Unfair Claim Settlement Practice Act – Updated 10/23/2017
- Standard Fire Policy
Standard Fire Policy- Module A
The Standard Fire Policy – Module B
- Dwelling Insurance
Dwelling Insurance – A
Dwelling Insurance – B
Dwelling Insurance – C
Dwelling Insurance – D
Dwelling Insurance – E
- Homeowners Insurance Texas – Updated 3/28/2018
Eligibility & Definitions
The Homeowner Forms
Exclusions; Section I in Detail
Exclusions; Limits of Liability; Coverage D
Section I – Property Conditions
Section II – Liability Coverages and Exclusions
Liability Exclusions and Additional Coverages
Section I and II Conditions
- Personal Inland Marine Insurance
Personal Inland Marine Insurance
- Personal Watercraft & Yacht Policies – Updated 7/27/2017
The Personal Watercraft & Yacht Policies – Updated 7/27/2017
The Yacht Policy – 7/27/2017
- Insurance Claims Adjusting
Introduction to Claims Adjusting – Updated 11/01/2017
Adjusting Insurance Claims — Updated 11/01/2017
- Adjusting Property Loss Claims – Updated 03/02/2017
Adjusting Property Loss Claims – A
Adjusting Property Loss Claims – B
- Texas Public Adjustor Law
Texas Public Adjuster Law – Updated 08/03/2018
- Personal Automobile Insurance
Personal Auto Policy, Eligibility, Rating Factors
Part A Liability Coverage and Exclusions
Part B Medical Payments; Part C Uninsured Motorist; Part D Coverage for Damage to your Auto
Limits of Liability; Parts E and F Conditions; Other Provisions; Endorsements
- Commercial Package Policies & The Business Owners Policy – Updated 11/10/2017
Introduction to Commercial Package Policies and the BOP
BOP Eligibility and Coverages
Additional Coverages; Extensions of Coverage
Liability Coverage; Optional Coverages and Endorsements
- Commercial Property Insurance – Updated 6/1/2017
Introduction to Commercial Property Insurance
Property not covered
Commercial Property Conditions
Cause of Loss Forms
Business Income (Time Element)
Miscellaneous Property Forms and Endorsements
- Equipment Breakdown Coverage
Coverages and Extensions
Deductibles, Endorsements, Exclusions
- Umbrella & Excess Liability Coverage
Personal and Commercial Insurance
- Commercial Inland Marine Insurance
Commercial Inland Marine
Commercial Property Floaters Risks
Bailee Forms and Dealers Policies
Conditions (cont.); Exclusions
- Ocean Marine Insurance
Introduction to Ocean Marine Insurance; Implied Warranties
Cargo & Freight Insurance; Ocean Marine Forms, Perils & Exclusions
Ocean Marine Claims Handling and Payment of Premium
- Aviation Insurance
Aircraft Hull Policies, Aircraft Liability Coverages, Definitions
Admitted Aircraft Liability, Hangar keeper’s Liability, Exclusions
- Bonding & Surety – Updated 06/01/2017
Bonding & Suretyship, Fidelity Bonds and Surety Bonds
Contract Surety Bonding and Financial Institution Bonds
All course work will be performed through the online version of Insurance-Schools.com Public Insurance Adjuster course in an open discussion classroom setting. This is being done for many reasons, I will list just a few.
- We have administrative rights to all tests and scores taken, and can submit those, as needed by the department, to confirm the effectiveness, participation, and general amount of time spent by time logged in, and tests taken. (Attendance, roll call, and exit.)
- The material provided by Insurance-Schools.com has already been approved by the department and will not be changed or deviated from in our classrooms. We will actually discuss them in great detail, with different scenarios.
- Insurance-Schools.com incorporates any new legislation affecting the rules that govern us, as you can see, all versions above carry the latest updates.
- We used the very same program to obtain our initial Texas license, and have used them whenever necessary to obtain licensure in other states.
- Courses will be administered via laptops we provide, specifically and solely for this purpose, and will remain in our possession at all times, save for theft, or any other instance out of our control.
What can you expect from this Session?
Students who have taken and successfully completed our course should be able to read and understand common policy language and conditions. This would include exclusions, endorsements, and claim filing procedures. After each 6-hour class day, there will be an additional 2 hours dedicated to the open discussion, and actual application, based off our collective knowledge in the field. This equivalates to 40 actual classroom hours, more than the required 24. Finally, if the student is not already licensed, that student should be able to schedule, take, and pass the exam provided by Pearson VUE, then be capable of performing their duties once a license is obtained.
We look forward to helping insurance professionals maintain the highest standards possible, by raising those very standards.
CANCELLATION – REFUND POLICY
All cancellations must be received in writing on or before the 14th day prior to the commencement of the course. Cancellations requests received in writing on or before the 14th day will result in a refund of the registration fee less a 20% administrative charge. Any cancellations less than 14 days prior to the course will result in the forfeiture of the registration fee. Cancellation requests must be made in writing to the registrar at Public Adjuster Boot Camp Attention: Melanie Spoon at 902 51st Street, Galveston, TX 77551-4110.