N.Y. to Hold Flood Insurance Adjuster Certification Class on July 17

July 3, 2012

New York will be offering its annual training session this month for property/casualty insurance adjusters who want to seek or maintain certification so they can conduct adjuster services for claims filed under National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policies.

The training class is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the offices of the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management, 510 Grumman Rd. West, in Bethpage, N.Y.

Completing the seven hour training session allows eligible P/C adjusters to apply for the NIFP certification. Adjusters who are already certified are required to complete the training annually to maintain their certification.

The NFIP certification allows adjusters to file claims for property owners covered by policies sold through insurance companies participating in NFIP’s “Write Your Own” (WYO) flood insurance program.

“It is essential that New York is prepared so we can respond even more quickly the next time flooding causes serious property damage. I encourage all insurers in the WYO program to make sure their adjusters are certified. Independent adjusters should also seek certification,” said Benjamin Lawsky, superintendent of financial services.

“This training is important because it covers the distinct characteristics of NFIP coverage and the requirements for adjusting losses under standard flood insurance policies,” said James Sadler, director of claims for NFIP, which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Among other requirements, adjusters must have four consecutive years of experience in adjusting residential and small commercial property losses or five years of experience in adjusting large commercial losses of $500,000 or more. Complete certification requirements can be found on the FEMA website.

To register to attend the training, adjusters should send an e-mail to martin.schwartzman@dfs.ny.gov with the following information: name of adjuster; name and address of adjuster’s insurance company; adjuster’s phone number and e-mail address; number of years of experience adjusting residential or small commercial claims and/or number of years adjusting large commercial claims of $500,000 or more.

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so adjusters are urged to register as soon as possible to ensure they are able to attend.

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