# VIITA FAQs

• While the idea of learning a trade online appeals to me, I really don't have any work experience that would prepare me for this type of work. I am a fast learner, however. Could loss control be something anyone could consider & is your course basic enough for someone like me? The quick answer is "yes” & "yes”. The course covers the A-Z of commercial loss control inspection, and because it is highly visual & with the important concepts reinforced throughout, even someone with no associated background or related experiences can easily understand codes & other technical material included in the course.

• As an experienced home inspector, I already understand the basics of construction. What more can I expect to learn from your course? As a home inspector, you already have an excellent foundation for finding additional income opportunity as a commercial lines inspector. The VIITA course will greatly add to your knowledge base, introducing you to high rise and other commercial construction & protection, the basics of commercial property & casualty coverage, and exposures & controls associated with commercial occupancy, from office buildings, to restaurants & day care centers.

• While I'm very interested in becoming a loss control inspector, I'm concerned that an online course isn't for me, especially since I have always learned best from hands on training. Is the VIITA course suited for someone like me? You bet. In fact, the VIITA course was designed precisely with you in mind. And mainly because experience tells us that everyone understands best when shown. For that very reason, our course includes hundreds of photos & illustrations which amply demonstrate all that is being taught, from types of construction, to the hazards to look for & report on.

• Having been out of work for almost nine months & with the economy not getting any better, I'm ready to learn a new trade. My question is, with the economy as bad as it is, what better chance do I have of finding work after successfully completing your course? No question, the economy is bad & insurance companies are affected. For that reason, they are relying more than ever on outsourcing loss control inspections to independent contractors in order to minimize risk and maximize profitability.

• After thirty years as an insurance claims adjustor, my company downsized and I was let go. At 57 years of age, I'm not yet ready for the rocking chair and although I have a pension, I still need some additional income to provide for the lifestyle I would like. Would your course afford me the opportunity to work just enough to pay for my green fees? Not surprisingly, a lot of people are in your shoes, golf shoes or otherwise, finding that pension or social security isn't nearly enough. And for that reason, there's a goodly number of semi-retired former insurance company workers who have gone on to a second career as a part-time loss control inspector.

• As a working woman with two school-aged children, I'm looking for a career that includes flexible hours. Can that be had working as a loss control inspector? And are there many female loss control inspectors? "Yes” & ”yes”. In fact, a great number of single moms have turned to loss control inspection work as the perfect solution to the challenge of balancing motherhood and earning an income. And, by the way, women prove to be exceptional loss control inspectors.

• Is one expected to have a background in insurance to do this type of work? And will your course provide everything one needs to know to get started? Suffice it to say, knowledge of insurance coverage is critical to determining the scope of a commercial lines loss control survey. Few, however, come into this line of work with an insurance background. Most importantly, the VIITA course does indeed provide the basics of insurance coverage in a manner that is easily understood by someone with no insurance background.

• Having served as a paid fireman for more than twenty years, I know how to recognize fire hazards and I'm very familiar with the various fire protection systems. But I've never been too good at writing reports. Does your course include a step-by-step guide to report writing? Absolutely. And you're not alone. In fact, VIITA recognized that report writing is a challenge for a great many and accordingly devoted an entire lesson plan to this very subject, providing a step-by-step guide that will serve as a working model for the type of reports required of a commercial lines loss control inspector.

• How does the VIITA inspector course compare to other online courses, some of which cost less or to a bricks & mortar school, for that matter? Experience will tell you that you get what you pay for. But more importantly, is what you are paying for best suited to you & your needs. Truth is, some of the lesser priced online programs are not particularly good value because when all is said and done, they don't provide enough working knowledge to do the job. And while attendance at a bricks & mortar school is a worthwhile option, for most, it can be very costly, especially when one factors in the added expense of transportation, lodging & food, not to mention possible lost wages during time away from home. Of course, given the highly visual nature of our course, VIITA students enjoy the benefits of a site-based school without the added cost or inconvenience.

• Presently, I am a sales rep covering a large territory. As a loss control inspector, would it be possible to include some loss control inspections into my current schedule? Most definitely. As an independent contractor, a loss control inspector will typically decide on a service area which makes the most sense to the inspector. Usually, that will be a reasonable distance from one's place of residence, but, if, as you suggest, it proves more profitable to broaden the area of service, most inspection companies will welcome same as long as the work assignments can be completed in the allotted time frame.

• Okay, I take the VIITA course, obtain my certificate, then what? You will be eligible to work as an independent commercial insurance loss control inspector. We will refer you to a number of companies who belong to an association of national & regional inspection companies and who are always in need of qualified inspectors.

• If I enroll in your loss control inspector course, how long will it take for me to recoup the cost of the tuition? That depends on where you live and what opportunities there are in your area. As an independent contractor you can take on work from a number of companies. Of course, just one company could well keep you as busy as you care to be.

• As an independent loss control inspector, how will I be compensated for my time & effort? That will vary by the company and the type of work contracted for. An independent loss control inspector is not normally compensated on an hourly basis. Payment is typically for a total project (the completed report). However, this generally translates to a average fee of $50-$70 for a report that takes/involves two hours of onsite and report writing time. (of course, projects vary in time based on size and complexity). Depending on the company, there may be reimbursement for some expenses such as tolls & mileage.

• How long does it usually take to successfully complete the VIITA course? The course is designed to be taken at one's own pace. But just how long it will take to gain a working knowledge of the course material will vary with the individual, factoring in the desired pace of study, how much someone already knows and how quickly one learns. For the person who has the time and is anxious to complete the course, successful completion within a week is very possible. That said, everyone who enrolls will have access to the course material into perpetuity, thus accommodating every schedule and affording current and graduated students open-ended/unlimited access to all course & bonus materials.

• Is there a limit to the number of times course material can be accessed? Once enrolled, everyone is provided a password which allows unlimited, open-ended access to all course content, including lessons and bonus materials.

• What if a person fails the certification exam. Can one simply take the test again? Successful completion of the course requires a passing grade of 80 on the final certification exam. The good news is that there is no limit to the number of times one can take the exam. Of course, a failing grade will typically require further study of the materials. More importantly, how well one does on the final exam will be a good indicator of well prepared one is to do this kind of work. So everyone should aim for a perfect score and keep taking the exam until one achieves same.

• Does the VIITA course include on line technical support? Absolutely. In addition to the lesson plans, enrolled students have access to a Q&A technical support blog for posting loss control questions. Of course, the added benefit of such a feature is that students, besides having their own questions answered, also get to see replies to questions posed by others.

• What is the cost of the course? Originally $549, for a limited time only, now$399, which includes the entire 15 lessons, computerized tests, online student support, certificate of completion, downloadable refresher and bonus materials and work referrals.

• How secure is the method of credit card payment? PayPal is a familiar, secure and trusted method of credit card payment.
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