WIND Umpire Program

“A training program for property insurance umpires.”

The WIND Umpire Certification Program is the first curriculum devoted to training professionals who serve as Umpires in property insurance appraisals.

It was developed in 2003 by a group of attorneys, adjusters, and consultants, and seeks to enhance the professionalism of those offering Umpire services.

The program, which offers both an WIND Umpire Certification® class and an WIND Umpire Advanced Training/Recertification class®, is also a valuable tool for those wanting to further their understanding of the insurance appraisal process. Both classess have been taught to hundreds of professionals since the first class in 2003.

The four-hour WIND Umpire Certification® class provides the necessary certification to anyone who wishes to be included in the WIND Umpire Directory® or those wanting to further enhance their professional umpire credentials. The course focuses on ethics and professionalism, process, case law and the “how to” of acting as an umpire, as well as techniques, forms, awards, and more.

The WIND Umpire Advanced Training/Recertification® class was introduced at the 2008 Windstorm Insurance Conference. This four-hour class is designed to provide an interactive learning experience.

Real-life scenarios are utilized to promote discussion of the duties and responsibilities of the umpire. Common issues and problems that often arise during an appraisal are addressed, as well as effective methods and techniques to facilitate an appraisal from beginning to conclusion.

The class also includes a discussion of ethical considerations and changes in case law impacting the appraisal process.

Please note that completing the WIND Umpire Certification class(es) does not guarantee automatic admission into the WIND Umpire Directory®. A separate application process, background check and application fee is required each year to be admitted into the WIND Umpire Directory.

Please note that it is up to the parties selecting an umpire to check references and credentials and to arrange any payments for services. WIND does not endorse or guarantee the qualifications of any of the listed umpires, nor makes recommendations for any of the listed umpires.