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AIC Associate in Claims Designation Article Most Popular of 2020

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Associate In Claims (AIC) Designation Popularity Positive Sign 

The Associate in Claims (AIC) articles that I wrote over the year were the most popular article search on the J&L website for 2020.  Usually, I check later in late December to see which articles were the most read for each year.  

One unusual statistic that stood out was the number of times the Associate in Claims articles were read that were written over the last ten years.

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You can find the article links in the next section.  The articles are worth a read if you want to see how to start working on adding designations to your resume’.

This year, the AIC article was the most clicked on out of all the articles (almost 1800) that appear on this blog.   This interest shows mainly three things:

  • Self-improvement in the insurance industry is at an all-time high
  • Working at home during the pandemic cause a higher level of self-awareness
  • Self-Study is easier if you have more “alone time”

Associate in Claims AIC Articles

The list of AIC articles is:

How Long To Get AIC Designation 

10 Secret Ways To Attain AIC Designation Faster

AIC Designation Never Looked Better For Workers Comp Adjusters

One can read the articles in 30 minutes or less.   The most popular of the three articles was the 10 Secret Ways articles.   I cannot stress enough if you are very interested to use the Jack Keir For Success Books mentioned in the articles.   The links to their website are there. 

Benefits of Having Your AIC 

A Second Look – The AIC Gets You Noticed.  

If your resume’ or CV is stacked in a pile online, the AIC may likely at least get you into an interview or second look.  When I was administering over claim departments, if an adjuster/supervisor/manager had attained the AIC, it made me look at that person’s background very closely. 

Even now if I need to bring in a contracting consultant to assist me with some claims project, the AIC designation always makes me retain that person’s resume’ even if I may not have used their services. 

If a Senior Adjuster, Supervisory, or Manager job posts at your company, the AIC may assist you in receiving a promotion.   I was promoted to a Senior Adjuster within two months of passing all the AIC courses after receiving a letter from the Executive VP congratulating me on my accomplishment. 

Reimbursement by Carriers/TPA’s and Other Companies

Check with your personnel manual, HR Department, and Supervisor to see if you can receive reimbursement.   One caveat is that you need to make sure you finish the AIC courses rapidly so that you do not have to go out-of-pocket for a long period of time.   

Even if you do not receive reimbursement, Lifetime Learning Credit or American Opportunity Credit means that you can subtract the monies paid out from your taxable income.   This is not a deduction, but a very valuable credit.  Check with your tax advisor for more info.  The link will take you to the Motley Fool webpage on the credit.

AIC Not Just For Adjusters

Understanding the claims process can benefit 

  • Agents/Brokers
  • Underwriters
  • Actuaries
  • Risk Managers 
  • Many other insurance positions.

Amazing Associate in Claims Statistics 

  • 95% of completers said that their designation demonstrates professional competency
  • 93%of completers gained advanced knowledge.
  • 81%of those in their career less than 2 years said that earning this designation increased their overall job opportunities

How To Get Started on Your AIC 

Check out the Institute’s page here on getting started.   You can contact me if you have any questions on our Contact Us page.  Good luck and congrats if you have decided to obtain your AIC – Associate in Claims designation. 

 

 

 

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Mgmt Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Entrepreneur Magazine
  • Bloomberg Business News
  • WorkCompCentral.com
  • Claims Magazine
  • Risk & Insurance Magazine
  • Insurance Journal
  • Workers Compensation.com
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  • Various trade publications

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