What Kind Of Insurance Adjuster Will You Be?
There are four main types of insurance adjusters: staff adjuster, independent adjuster, catastrophe adjuster, and public adjuster.
Each of these positions accomplishes essentially the same task: assess the damage to property brought about by some event and make an evaluation of what monetary value the insurance claim should carry.
The big difference between these different types of adjusters is who pays them, and in the case of the public adjuster, who they are advocating for. Staff, independent, and catastrophe adjusters all require the same type of license, while a public adjuster license is a little different in its specifications.
- Staff Adjuster – Works directly for an insurance company
- Independent Adjuster – Works for a third-party company who performs insurance adjuster work and is contracted by an insurance company
- Catastrophe (CAT) Adjuster – An independent adjuster who travels to an area that has been largely affected by an event (usually severe weather) and performs claims adjuster services en masse
- Public Adjuster – Is an advocate for the insurance customer, not the insurance company (requires a different type of license)
This article will cover a standard insurance claims adjuster license (sometimes known as an independent adjuster license), not a public adjuster license.
How To Get Your Insurance Adjuster License In Vermont
Step 1. Adjuster Pre-Exam Education
Preparation for this exam is not something to take lightly, as the average pass rate of insurance exams nationwide is around 55% for first-time test-takers, and even less for any following attempts. We want you to pass your test the first time you take it.
Studying for this exam can take many different forms. The most common way to get prepared is to take an online study course. These courses are generally comprised of video and text with short knowledge quizzes to make sure you have a comprehensive understanding.
A slightly more minimal approach would be to purchase a state-specific study guide. These guides give you all of the facts that you need to pass the exam and maybe a bit less expensive than a course. They are, however, quite long and densely packed books, so be sure you are ready to tackle this task.
You should choose the method that fits best for you. Some people learn best out of a book, while others take in information better through video and short text. Remember, the goal is to pass your exam on the first attempt, so pick your best path forward and study hard.
Step 2. Vermont Insurance Adjuster License Exam
The next step after completing all your coursework is to take and pass the Vermont Insurance Adjuster License exams. Depending on the lines of authority you wish to carry, you may need to take more than one exam.
This is a proctored test, which means that you will be in a controlled environment with a person watching over you. For people who haven’t tested in a situation like this should be aware of this fact, and work on taming their nerves prior to sitting for the exam. When you arrive at the exam location you must have a photo ID any other documents that the testing facility has asked you to bring.
Vermont offers a Property and Casualty Adjuster line and a Workers’ Compensation Adjuster line.
- The Property and Casualty Adjuster license exam consists of one hundred fifty (150) questions, and you have two and a half hours (2:30) to complete it.
- The Workers’ Compensation Adjuster license exam consists of fifty (50) questions, and you have one hour (1:00) to complete it.
An outline of included subjects for these exams can be found here:
- Prometric Vermont Adjuster’s Examination for Property and Casualty Insurance Series 14-33
- Prometric Vermont Adjuster’s Examination for Workers Compensation Insurance Series 14-34
Each attempt of the exam costs $65 and will be paid when you make your reservation.
A total score of 70% or more is required to pass this test. To further explain the scoring of the exam, we will quote the Prometric Vermont Department of Financial Regulation Licensing Information Handbook:
At the end of the exam, the score will be shown on the screen and you will receive a printed score report. The report indicates the overall score and grade, including the numerical percentage of questions answered correctly and whether you passed or failed.
The report also displays the correct percentage in each major section of the exam, as defined by the exam content outline. These section scores are shown to guide you, or your employer and/or trainer, about areas requiring additional preparation for retesting if you do not pass the exam. Even after you pass, you may want to focus on these areas as you begin to provide insurance products and services to the public.
Note that the section percentages will not average out to your total percentage score. That is because individual examination outline sections are allocated different numbers of questions on the examination. Your total percentage score is computed by dividing the number of questions you answered correctly by the total number of questions in the examination. The total score is not computed by adding the section percentages and dividing by the total number of sections.”
Insurance license tests are intentionally difficult, but not impossible by any means. You should study to the point of comfortability with the information before you attempt the test. Failing the exam isn’t the end of the world, but keep in mind that you will need to pay the fee each time you attempt the test.
Tip:StateRequirement recommends that you study for one exam at a time, then after passing, starting on your next line. The exams are difficult enough on their own without confusing information from one line to another.
You may register to take your exams and find more information on the Prometric Vermont Insurance page or by calling Prometric at (800) 868-6113.
Step 3. Vermont Insurance Adjuster License Application
Once you have completed all your coursework and passed the exams, you are now ready to apply for your license.
The fee for an online application is $90.
Apply online with the NIPR – Vermont Insurance Adjuster License Application or with the Sircon – Vermont Insurance Adjuster License Application.
Step 4. Application Review
Once you have submitted your application and have completed all the other requirements, your license application will be reviewed by the state. This process generally takes about forty-eight (48) hours. Depending on the results of your background check, the Department of Insurance may request more information or documentation.
After the review is complete, you will receive an email from the point of application (NIPR or Sircon) regarding the status of your license.
You’ve done the work, put in the time and effort, and now hold the key to your own success! We’re proud of you. Take five (5) minutes and celebrate.
Vermont Department Of Insurance Contact Information
State of Vermont
Department of Financial Regulation
89 Main Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05620
Phone: (802) 828-3303
Fax: (802) 828-1633
Website: Vermont DFR Insurance Division
Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources and was most recently updated in February 2021.
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