RESTON, Va., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's insurance professionals face growing challenges due to increased loss claims and fraud by policyholders relating to gems and jewelry. Reports by Enservio and the U.S. Department of Justice on rising jewelry loss claims from weather-related events or theft, combined with growing statistics released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau on questionable claims pertaining to the suspicious disappearance/loss of jewelry, are forcing carriers, underwriters, adjusters, brokers and agents to take a closer look at how they handle this potential high-risk category of personal property. This is especially of concern to insurance professionals in western states like California where as reported jewelry loss claims and fraud are more prevalent.
Seeking to help insurance professionals and professional jewelry appraisers better understand these challenges, the American Society of Appraisers is pleased to announce the offering of a unique course titled GJ202 Appraising Gems & Jewelry for Insurance Coverage to be held August 12-15, 2015 in Carlsbad, California.
This course introduces insurance professionals to the most current jewelry appraisal terminology and methods and standards that professional jewelry appraisers use in preparing gems and jewelry appraisal reports for insurance coverage.
After attending this course, insurance professionals will:
- Recognize theories and methodologies relevant to gems and jewelry appraisals for insurance coverage;
- Comprehend basic concepts and vocabulary pertaining to gems and jewelry appraising for insurance coverage;
- Understand how jewelry is described and documented following ASA's gems and jewelry descriptive elements;
- Evaluate markets and market levels and their relevance to the appraisal assignment and the subject property; and
- Better interpret an appraisal report for use in scheduling insurance coverage that complies with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
The course was developed by Society designated, California based independent jewelry appraisers and a professional gem and jewelry appraiser licensed as a personal lines broker/agent by the California Department of Insurance. Together, the instructors bring more than seventy-five years of professional gem and jewelry appraisal experience into the classroom. Students will also benefit from the instructors broad experience within the jewelry industry including store management, merchandising, retail sales, jewelry design and jewelry fabrication.
As an added bonus, insurance professionals attending the course will have the opportunity network with gems and jewelry professionals taking the course as part of their designation program through the Society.
Please note that insurance professionals do not sit for the half-day course exam on Saturday, August 15, 2015 and are not eligible for ASA continuing education credits.
Course registration is $795. A special 50% off registration price is available for insurance professionals – use promo code: InsProf50 when registering.
To register or for more information visit www.appraisers.org or by call (800) 272-8258.
An additional resource for insurance professionals includes ASA free "Find an Appraiser" Referral System, to quickly locate and hire designated members. Visit www.FindanAppraiser.org or call (800) 272-8258 to locate an ASA designated member.
About ASA Designated Gems and Jewelry Appraisers
Gems and jewelry appraisers educated, tested and designated by the American Society of Appraisers are acknowledged leaders in the gems and jewelry appraisal profession. The Society's Accredited Senior Appraiser designation program includes 108 hours of rigorous instruction; 4 half-day exams; completion of USPAP coursework and testing; valuation report submitted to a Board of Examiners; 10,000 hours of fulltime valuation experience; professional; and personal references checked; personal interview; on-going professional education required; adherence to a strict Code of Ethics; with additional advanced requirements for the Master Gemologist Appraiser® program. Which is why the Society's titleholders (Accredited Member, Accredited Senior Appraiser and Master Gemologist Appraiser®) are among those Federal agencies turn to most often to perform the most sensitive assignments, as well as consumers for most all their varied needs, from insurance coverage appraisals to estate valuation and liquidation matters.
American Society of Appraisers
The American Society of Appraisers is a world-renowned and respected international organization devoted to the appraisal profession. As the oldest and only major appraisal organization representing all appraisal specialists, ASA is devoted to providing the highest possible standards in all areas of ethics, professionalism, education and designation criteria. Visit www.appraisers.org or call (800) 272-8258.
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