What is a WIND Certified Umpire?

A WIND Certified Umpire® is an individual who has successfully completed the four-hour WIND Umpire Certification class and who has successfully met the guidelines, qualifications, and application steps set forth by WIND to be officially recognized as a WIND Certified Umpire. These steps include an application process, state criminal background check, application fee, read and agree to the WIND Umpire Ethical Rules and Terms and Conditions, and current WIND membership. Once these steps are completed, the applicant will be listed in the WIND Umpire Certified Directory.

Qualifications for Becoming a WIND Certified Umpire:

1. Participated in at least 10 appraisals that resulted in an executed award, having served in at least 5 of those as the umpire. WIND must be provided a list of those appraisals (include only the parties involved and dates; do not provide any proprietary or confidential information).

2. Involved in the insurance claims industry for 10 years (legal, adjusting, contracting, estimating, and appraisal).

3. Completed the four-hour WIND Certified Umpire or WIND Certified Umpire Recertification class at an annual or regional Windstorm Insurance Conference. The certification period is active for three years from completion date. For example, if you complete the class in January 2021, your certification period will renew in January 2024.

4. Paid and current WIND Membership. To remain current in the WIND Certified Umpire Directory, be sure to keep your WIND membership current.

5. Completed the WIND Certified Umpire Application and submitted a payment of $400 for the three year certification period.

6. Read and agreed to the WIND Umpire Ethical Rules and the WIND Certified Umpire Terms and Conditions.

7. Completed and submitted your FDLE (or state in which you reside) security/background check to WIND at admin@windnetwork.com.

Once these qualifications are met and completed, you will be listed in the WIND Certified Umpire Directory, receive a WIND Certified Umpire certificate, and emailed a logo to use in your marketing materials.