so, You got your Adjuster License

How are you going to put it to work?

Congratulations on earning your adjuster license! 

It was no cake walk, but you did it. And now you’re ready to work, but you’ve discovered you need experience to get deployed. 

So, wait.  How do you break into property adjusting when you need experience to get work, but can’t get work without experience? There’s one simple answer to this question:


Catastrophe Adjuster Training Institute leads in the property adjuster training space. In 2006 our founder, Micky Hamilton, created Adjusting 101 to train and equip new property adjusters to successfully handle the challenges, and learn the ropes of scoping and estimating.

Today, leading national carriers send us their new hires to train and prepare them for their roles. And they send us their experienced adjusters for advanced training and refresher courses.

Adjusting 101 gives you the fundamental property adjusting skills you need in a hands-on, real world training environment so you’re equipped on Day One to get work, and get to work.

You can trust CATI to give you the best, most professional training your money can buy!


why you need
adjusting 101

Having a license is simply not enough. CATI is committed to getting you the foundational skills you need to do real work in the real world.

What You'll Learn

We take the time to ensure you receive all the foundational preparation you need to be successful as an adjuster.

identify damage & repair vs. replace
Learn to measure, sketch & calculate accurately
hone soft skills to ensure you meet customer satisfaction goals
understand the homeowners policy
be ready for your first deployment

things to know about Adjusting 101

Adjusting 101 is best for individuals with little to no property adjusting experience who want a solid introduction to the property adjusting role. While the practice work is oriented toward field adjusters, inside adjusters and examiners will reap great benefits from understanding the scoping and estimating process from the back end.

Please note: Adjusting 101 is a fundamental skills course and estimates will be written by hand. Hands-on Xactimate 28 training is provided in a separate course and is not a part of Adjusting 101. Adjusting 101 will provide you with the essential skills to succeed in writing estimates in Xactimate 28.

CATI provides all instructional material for Adjusting 101 either online or via a USB drive. In addition, you will need to bring the following:

  • Notebook, pencil/pen & highlighter (if you like)
  • Calculator
  • Graph paper & clipboard
  • Digital camera with memory card or cable to upload to your computer (your smartphone is fine if you’re experienced with uploading photos from your phone to your computer)
  • Tape measure (at least 30 ft.)
  • Laser measure (optional)
  • Good rubber soled shoes or boots for walking on roof
  • Laptop computer able to run MS Word & Excel or Google Docs & Sheets
  • Tool belt or pouch to keep  hands free while scoping

There are no specific courses needed to register for Adjusting 101. However, use of a computer is an essential part of the work of an adjuster, and of this course.

It is critical that you have a working laptop computer that can be operated on battery power for an hour or more and that you are able to perform the following functions before coming to class:

  • Logging in, sending & receiving email from your personal or business account
  • Attaching files to email
  • Creating folders to save files & images to your desktop
  • Uploading photos from your camera to a folder on your desktop
  • Performing standard functions on an Excel or Google spreadsheet (such as copying & pasting, saving a sheet under a new name, entering basic formulas, etc.)
  • Performing standard functions on a Word or Google document (such as copying & pasting, inserting images, adding content to tables, etc.)

If you’re unsure you have the necessary skill level, considering taking a computer literacy self-assessment like one of these from NorthStar to ensure your preparedness:

  • Basic Computer Skills
  • Internet Basics
  • Using Email
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel

If your skills are not quite there yet, you may consider taking additional basic skills training before proceeding.

Adjusting 101 is held at various dates throughout the year. The course is five days long and runs from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.

All classes are held at our state-of-the-art training facility in the DFW metroplex.

Catastrophe Adjuster Training Institute
3109 Skyway Circle North
Irving, TX 75038


Adjusting 101 is only available as an in-person, instructor-led course. While online course formats are suitable for some subject matter, self-study is simply no match for the immersive hands-on experience available at our training facility in Irving, TX, where our experienced instructors work with you through live simulations and claim scenarios in our 14,000 square feet of structural and damage mockups and materials models.

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