What is the WIND Certified Umpire Program?

The WIND Umpire Certification Program® was introduced in 2003 and is the first curriculum devoted to training professionals who serve as umpires in property insurance appraisals. Each year, hundreds of property insurance claims professionals complete the four-hour WIND Certified Umpire® program classes taught annually at the Windstorm Insurance Conference. Upon completion of the program, professionals further their credentials by successfully meeting the guidelines and criteria to be officially recognized as a WIND Certified Umpire. These steps include an annual call for the application process, state criminal background check, application fee, and current WIND membership.

About the WIND Certified Umpire Program

The program, which includes the WIND Certified Umpire class and the WIND Certified Umpire Recertification class®, is a valuable educational resource for those wanting to further their understanding of the insurance appraisal process. Both classes are presented at the annual Windstorm Insurance Conference, have been taught to thousands of professionals since 2003. The four-hour WIND Certified Umpire and WIND Certified Umpire Recertification® classes provide the necessary certification to anyone who wishes to be included in the WIND Certified Umpire Directory®, or those wanting to further enhance their professional umpire credentials. The classes focus on ethics and professionalism, process, case law, and the “how to” of acting as an umpire, as well as techniques, forms, awards, and more. WIND Certified Umpires must renew their certification every three years by completing the recertification class.

Both classes provide 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 classes also include a discussion of ethical considerations and changes in case law impacting the appraisal process.

Become a WIND Certified Umpire

Are you a property insurance claims professional interested in the WIND Certified Umpire Program?  Completing the WIND Certified Umpire Program class is the first step to becoming a WIND Certified Umpire. A separate application process, state criminal background check, and application fee is required to be admitted into the WIND Certified Umpire Directory. The WIND Certified Umpire Program classes are offered once a year at the Annual Conference and may be held at a stand alone WIND Certified Seminar.  Questions on the WIND Certified Umpire Program? We’re here to help! Please contact us at info@windnetwork.com or 813.983.WIND.