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By Guy Grand

CAT Adjuster

CAT Adjuster

Have you heard the term CAT adjuster and ever wondered what it means? A CAT adjuster is a specific type of insurance adjuster that is deployed to regions where a catastrophic event has occurred. This could be anything from a hurricane to a hailstorm. When these catastrophic events devastate a region, insurance agencies and independent firms will contract the work out to an independent CAT adjuster.

CAT Adjuster Pay

The insurance agencies and independent firms will pay the adjuster for each claim they are able to close which leads to a very high-income ceiling for a hard-working CAT adjuster. In fact, a common phrase in the industry is, “Make 6 figures in 6 months.” However, the typical income ranges from $70k – 100k in 6 – 9 months (depending on the ability of the catastrophe adjuster to close claims).

Self Employed

The CAT adjuster will generally spend weeks to months at a time in the affected region performing inspections in order to assess how much compensation the insurance customer is entitled to under their policy. The CAT adjuster is independently contracted so if the adjuster wants to keep getting claims and create lasting work relationships, they are expected to submit clean, comprehensive, and thorough reports.

Finding Work

Although this can be a very rewarding career, it can be difficult to get into without the proper training and connections. There is one catastrophic adjuster training school that can boast over 95% job placement for their graduates. Veteran Adjusting School or VAS has built relationships with independent firms and insurance agencies to hire their students right out of school.

VAS

Why is VAS so successful in getting their students hired? There are 3 major reasons:

  1. The 6-week VAS course curriculum combines interactive and traditional learning approaches to give the student the most thorough and in depth training available. The real-world storm simulation allows the student to experience what it will be like to perform an inspection when they graduate.
  2. VAS Insurance Partners know that VAS students are comprehensively trained and able to take claims the day they graduate and submit an exceptional work product every time.   
  3. Working in the CAT adjuster industry is not easy. It takes hard work, dedication, organization, and self-motivation in order to have success in the field. That is why VAS is not looking for students, they are looking for dedication. They only accept students that display these attributes.

Working in the catastrophic insurance adjusting field is not for everyone. Do you have what it takes?

catastrophe CAT adjuster learning the trade at VAS Veteran Adjusting School

By Guy Grand

What Are CAT Adjusters? – Answered Here

What Are CAT Adjusters? 

You may have heard the term CAT adjuster and said to yourself, “What in the world are CAT adjusters?” Well, you’re in luck. We’re about to answer that question and it has nothing to do with felines.

CAT Adjusting

Catastrophe or CAT adjusters are a specific type of insurance claims adjuster that is deployed to a catastrophic event. This could be a hurricane, hailstorm, flood, wildfire or any major storm event that requires insurance companies to deploy independently contracted CAT adjusters to the affected region.

These insurance adjusters will go from house to house performing inspections. These inspections determine how much compensation the insurance customer is entitled to under their policy.

CAT adjusters income averages between $70k – $100k during the storm season that typically lasts 6 – 9 months. In fact, a common phrase among adjusters is “make 6 figures in 6 months.” As they are paid per claim closed, this will depend on their ability to close claims.

Despite the high earning potential and long vacation time, catastrophe adjusting can be a demanding career. The adjusters are deployed to a catastrophe for weeks to months at a time where they will typically work long days. The work involved can be both physically and mentally taxing. It takes dedication, hard work, organization, and self-motivation in order to be successful in the field.

This career can be difficult to get into unless you have the proper training and connections. There is one adjusting school that not only has a high level of training, but can boast over 95% job placement for their graduates.

VAS

(VAS) Veteran Adjusting School is an innovative CAT adjuster school that utilizes interactive learning methods along with a traditional learning approach to bring a fully comprehensive training course. This includes a real world storm simulation where students will perform real inspections.

VAS has built partnerships with firms and agencies that are willing to hire their students right out of school. This is because of the high level of education received at the school. However, it is also because VAS isn’t looking for students, they are looking for commitment.

CAT adjusting isn’t for everyone. Do you have what it takes?

 

By Guy Grand

WHAT MAKES A GREAT CATASTROPHIC INSURANCE ADJUSTER?

 

What do our Partner Insurance Firms look for in a good adjuster?  What do they love about VAS trained adjusters? How can I become the type of adjuster that firms want to work with?

When you are considering starting a career as a CAT Adjuster, you should know that it is not all as simple as getting a license and getting to work.  Although you will be working independently, you are ultimately hired by a specific Insurance Adjusting Firm.  The firm is looking for the Adjuster that will be able to represent the insurance company in assessing damage and processing claims of damage.  So you have to be thinking about why they would want to pick you over someone else.

Here are a few things that you should be considering.

Personality

You might not realize that one of the important components of being a great adjuster is that you need to be somewhat personable.  Think about it.  You are the person that is on the front line as a representative of the Insurance Company.  The interaction you have with the insured will end up being a direct reflection of the Insurance Company.  They will want to be hiring adjusters that look and act professionally as well as one that can maintain a friendly conversation with the insured while you are interacting with them.

Efficiency

Being an efficient adjuster is going to work in your favor, both to meet your own goals, as well as to maintain a good rapport with the firms that you work with.  The more claims you can effectively handle in a given day, the more money you will be earning for yourself.  In addition, processing more claims per day tells the insurance company that you can help them attend to the needs of those they insure in a timely and efficient manner.

Attention to Detail

They will also want to see that you are attending to the details of the claims as you are working through them.  This isn’t just about how many claims you can push through in a day.  If everything you do is sloppy and needs to be redone or is incomplete, the firm is not going to be interested in working with you in the future.  You are going to end up costing them more money in the long run.

Experience

Most firms are looking for a minimum of 2 years of Field Qualified Experience.  For a lot of adjusters that are new to the industry, this can make for a rough start to finding work.  Many new adjusters start out doing some lighter day claims or work under a master adjuster to learn the ropes for a while before they break out to work on their own.  But there are other options…

Thankfully, due to the quality of the education at Veteran Adjusting School, all of our VAS Trained Graduates are able to find work with our partner firms right away.  Our partner firms often waive the 2-year experience requirement for our graduates because they know they are job-ready from day one. 

If you want to learn more about becoming a VAS Trained adjuster click the link below to see how you can become part of our elite team of adjusters and start earning the income you deserve right away.

 

 

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catastrophe CAT adjuster learning the trade at VAS Veteran Adjusting School
What Are CAT Adjusters? – Answered Here