How to Become a Certified Claims Adjuster in Georgia
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To adjust insurance claims in Georgia, you must first obtain a license, from the Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner. A private company, Pearson VUE, administers the examination required for licensure. Once licensed, you will have to complete 15 hours of continuing education each year as a requirement for annual renewal.
Complete a 40-hour pre-licensing course from an approved provider. You can find a list of approved providers on the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner website.
Register for the adjuster licensing examination from the Pearson VUE website or by calling 800-274-0488. Pay the examination fee, which is $90 as of November 2010, by debit card, credit card or electronic check.
Go to the Pearson VUE examination center on your scheduled test date and pass the adjuster licensing examination. You will have two hours to complete the exam and you will receive your score of “Pass” or “Fail” immediately upon its completion. You can retake the exam after waiting two weeks if you fail the examination. Pearson VUE will transmit your results to the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.
Download the licensing application from the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner website (see Resources).
Complete the license application by providing your personal information on the first page and answering a series of 14 questions. Have your signature on the application notarized.
Submit the license application and a check or money order for the license fee, which is $65 as of November 2010, to the Office of Insurance of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner.
You can receive a pre-license education and examination waiver if you have a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation. You can take practice examinations from the Pearson VUE website.
Tom Johnson graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in finance. He has worked in the insurance industry for over 15 years and is currently employed by a government agency that regulates insurance companies and brokers. Johnson began freelance writing in 2009, focusing his efforts on insurance and finance-related articles.