Association of Average Adjusters creates Senior Associate qualification…

Academia, Associations, HR, Marine Insurance, Maritime Education and Training — By on May 18, 2016 at 1:38 PM
Andrew Paton (chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters) standing on the left, with eight of the 13 first people to qualify as Senior Associates of the Association. From the left, the Senior Associates are Stelios Magkanaris (Piraeus), Joseph Shead (London) on the stairs,  Andrew Slade (London),  Robert Tomlinson (London),  Heather Robinson (London),  Angeliki Kallini (Piraeus),  Benjamin Gibbs (London) and John Thompson (Liverpool).

Andrew Paton (chairman of the Association of Average Adjusters) standing on the left, with eight of the 13 first people to qualify as Senior Associates of the Association. From the left, the Senior Associates are Stelios Magkanaris (Piraeus), Joseph Shead (London) on the stairs, Andrew Slade (London), Robert Tomlinson (London), Heather Robinson (London), Angeliki Kallini (Piraeus), Benjamin Gibbs (London) and John Thompson (Liverpool).

Association of Average Adjusters creates Senior Associate qualification to enhance value of its highly regarded examinations system

The Association of Average Adjusters has approved an important new development in the structure of its examination qualifications.

With effect from May 2016, a new qualification with the title ‘Senior Associate’ has been introduced. This follows consultation among Fellows of the Association, its Committee of Management and Examining Committee. The first 13 men and women to qualify for the title have been named, and they were congratulated at the annual meeting in London of the Association by chairman Andrew Paton.

Candidates are able to obtain the new qualification on attaining two passes out of the three Fellowship modular exams (excluding the practical exam) with one of those passes being module F1: General Average, Salvage and Carriage of Goods by Sea. To achieve Senior Associate status, the examinees will still have to attain the 75% pass mark in the same way as those who are aiming to become Fellows of the Association.

The move is in response to interest by Associates who work in offices other than those of adjusters in pursuing courses to a point short of becoming fully qualified Fellows. “It is believed that the introduction of this new qualification will encourage non-average adjusting Associates to continue their studies and to pass some of the Fellowship module exams, ” said Mr Paton.

A great deal of prestige attaches to passing the rigorous examinations, which have been sat by record numbers of candidates in recent years, underlining the international reach of the Association. Twice a year, exam centres are chosen from maritime centres around the world, depending on demand in individual countries.

The new Senior Associates are Heather Robinson, Benjamin Gibbs, Nicholas Rowe, Robert Tomlinson, Andrew Slade, Joseph Shead (all of Richards Hogg Lindley, London), Charlotte Warr (of Sarnia Training, London), John Thompson (of Richards Hogg Lindley, Liverpool), Peter Fei Xiao Ming (of Richards Hogg Lindley, Hong Kong), Angeliki Kallini (of Richards Hogg Lindley, Piraeus), Stelios Magkanaris (of Swedish Club, Piraeus), Rathna Poojary (of Jani Clancey & Richards, Mumbai) and Nanami Hara (of Charles Taylor, Tokyo).
Senior Associates will not be entitled to sign Payment on Account Recommendations and Adjustments using the Association’s seal. Only Fellows of the Association will be entitled to use the seal in signing such documents.

Following the October 2015 examinations (in 16 locations worldwide) and March 2016 sittings (at 22 exam centres) there are a total of 26 new Associates, bringing the grand total of Associates to 135. Mr Paton said that there were 13 candidates who had passed all but one of the modules needed to become Fellows, meaning that “over the next few years undoubtedly there will be a stream of new Fellows, which will be excellent news for the Association and for the profession.”

Mr Paton praised the dedication of David Pannell, convenor of the examining committee, and colleagues who set and marked the papers.

The Association of Average Adjusters promotes professional principles in the adjustment of marine claims, uniformity of adjusting practice, and the maintenance of high standards of professional conduct. Irrespective of the identity of the instructing party, the average adjuster is bound to act in an impartial and independent manner. The Association plays an important part in London insurance market committees and has strong relationships with international associations and insurance markets.

Please see www.average-adjusters.com

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