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How Do I Become a Workers' Compensation Specialist?

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  • Written By: D. Nelson
  • Edited By: M. C. Hughes
  • Last Modified Date: 23 October 2019
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Workers' compensation is insurance offered to employees who are injured on the job. The insurance is meant to cover any related medical expenses and can also protect an employer from being sued by an injured employee. A workers' compensation specialist is any professional who is qualified to analyze or draft workers' comp insurance policies and who may be able to practice risk management. Professionals in this field tend to work for insurance companies, organizations that use workers' compensation, and as lawyers who advise employees and employers who require assistance with workers' comp claims. To become a workers' compensation specialist, it can be important to first determine which courses or certification you need to practice as a specialist then to decide which kind of employment you would like to pursue.

In some areas, an individual who wants to become a workers' compensation specialist is required to have a license or certification. If you live in one of these regions, then it can be necessary to take courses that can teach you how to read workers' compensation law, how to promote on the job safety, how to compose workers' comp policies, and other related skills. These courses can often be expensive, so it can be helpful to have some money saved up prior to enrollment. Online courses can be less expensive and may offer a greater degree of flexibility.

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Academic degrees are normally not required of those who would like to become workers' comp specialists. In many cases, however, employers prefer applicants who have training in law or business. Knowledge and skills acquired in these academic programs can also enable individuals to perform better on certification exams.

The next step to become a workers' compensation specialist is to choose a career path. Many individuals in this field work for insurance companies. Others may become employed by businesses who need help writing workers' compensation insurance policies. Lawyers who are specialists in workers' compensation often consult individual clients on a case-by-case basis.

To become a workers' compensation specialist it can be necessary to compose a resume that lists job experience and education background. If you are certified and have taken certification courses, it can be a good idea to list this information too. Employers who screen applicants by the quality of their resumes normally request interviews as a second step in a hiring process. For the interview, you might want to be prepared to answer questions regarding your experience with workers' compensation and your understanding of the laws.

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