in order to learn xactimate,
you've got to use xactimate

xactimate x1 skills lab

Boost your progress—and profit potential—by achieving essential skill levels in Xactimate X1

You already know Xactimate is critical to your success as a property adjuster. What you may yet not know is how to get the most from it—or how to use it at all.

For most adjusters, watching an instructor fly through features in an online class or YouTube video will not prepare you for success.

In order to learn Xactimate, you’ve got to use Xactimate. CATI specializes in hands-on Xactimate training in our state-of-the-art computer lab.

CATI instructors are all Level 3 certified and hold the elite  Affiliate Trainer certifications from Xactware. They’ll start right where you are and coach you through sketch functions and line item entry on the way to a completed estimate. 

What You'll Learn

In just 4 days, you’ll learn critical Xactimate X1 skills to the proficiency level, the first step in successfully creating a quality claim file.

Sketch Basics (tools, views, dimensioning, properties, openings, staircases & more)
estimate line item quick entry
variables & calculations
roof sketch basics (dimensioning, roof types, variables & more)
claim information & parameters
reference objects
photos & annotations
printing reports

Participants who complete the Skills Lab earn access to valuable Xactimate X1 "Learn As You Go" microlearning courses in the CATI Learning Center free of charge.

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why you need xactimate x1 training at cati

Having your adjuster license is simply not enough to be effective in the field or at a desk. CATI is committed to equipping you with the foundational Xactimate skills you need to do real work in the real world.

things to know about the xactimate x1 SKILLS LAB course

Xactimate X1 Skills Lab is intended for adjusters with little to no prior Xactimate training or experience. The training will start at the very beginning and work through key fundamental processes to be able to successfully create an estimate.

This course requires significant computer use. If you struggle with basic computer skills, you will be unlikely to succeed in this course—or the job of an adjuster. We strongly urge you to take a basic computer skills course prior to enrolling.

After completing this class, you will be well on your way to being able to work as an adjuster, but it is important to understand that more training and practice will be essential. There is much more to being an adjuster than having a license and knowing how to use Xactimate.

This class will train you in the estimating software only, not in the scoping and adjusting process. 

This class will include a lot of hands-on practice with Xactimate, but will be a classroom-only course, and we strongly urge emerging adjusters to also register for the CATI Certified Adjuster – Residential Essentials course to be fully equipped in the adjusting process through hands-on scoping and estimating practice in our immersive facility using claim simulations and structural mockups.

There are no prerequisite courses for the Xactimate X1 Skills Lab.

However, use of a computer is an essential part of the work of an adjuster, and of this class. We assume our students will come with computer proficiency. It is essential you are able to perform functions such as the following before coming to class:

  • Log in, send and receive email from your personal or business account
  • Attach files to email
  • Create folders to save files and images on your desktop
  • Upload photos from a camera or phone to a folder on your desktop

If you struggle with basic computer skills, you will be unlikely to succeed in this course—or the job of an adjuster. We strongly urge you to take a basic computer skills course prior to enrolling.

CATI will provide all of the instructional material and equipment you need for this class. 

You should plan to bring:

  • Notebook
  • Pen/pencil and highlighter


You will be attending class in our state-of-the-art computer lab and completing training on one of CATI’s computers. A temporary Xactimate X1 license will be available for you to use in class.

This class is held at our training facility in the Dallas area:

CATI Royal Campus
2025 Royal Lane
Dallas, TX 75229

To ensure you receive the most effective training experience, we currently only offer this course in person where our instructors can provide you with the individual attention you need. 


This course is eligible for 18 General hours for Texas adjuster licensees.

xactimate x1 skills lab course details


learn xactimate x1 skills from the best in the industry and propel your adjusting career forward