Membership Information and Benefits
There’s Never Been a Better Time to Join FAPIA
What Is FAPIA All About?
Learn What FAPIA Gives You For The Cost Of A Cup Of Coffee Each Day
- Professional Lobbyists in Tallahassee
- Strong working relationship with DFS
- Provides top-quality PA-specific Continuing Education
- Top-notch Public Relations firm to inform the public and the Legislature about the industry
- Holds two Conferences per year for education, networking and information
- Website provides up-to-date information necessary for your business
- FAPIA Forum magazine published several times per year
- Member benefits and discounts exceed the cost of membership
- The Industry Voice….
- Recognition as a professional in your field
- Listing on the www.fapia.net website
- FAPIA ID Card sets you apart from the rest
In The business of Protecting Insured Floridians.
Our organization boasts a professional membership of nearly 500 members and associates who protect the interests of everyone who has suffered an insurance loss, from single family homeowners to Fortune 500 companies. We are the largest trade association for public adjusters in the nation.
IN THE BEGINNING… In February of 1993 public adjusters from across the state gathered to form the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters with a mission to work together to strengthen and add professionalism to the industry. FAPIA has since worked to enhance the industry, improving the laws and regulations governing the industry. From that initial group, the association has grown and made a difference in the lives of Floridians. FAPIA member strive to serve clients with honor, character and a sense of pride.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS… Over the years, FAPIA has continued to grow in membership and in influence. When we stand together with one voice, our regulators, legislators and the public listens. Through a variety of programs, including lobbying and public relations, we help educate about the good work being done by the industry.
HOW MUCH… How much would it cost you to have a team of lobbyists in Tallahassee to protect your ability to do business? As a member of FAPIA it is part of your dues.
How much would you have to pay for a professional award-winning public relations firm to promote your industry? To respond to negative articles or editorials? To formulate positive stories? As a FAPIA member, it’s part of your dues.
How much would you pay to have the best public adjuster specific continuing education courses? With two conferences per year, FAPIA does that. Our membership gathers twice a year at the finest resorts, with memorable speakers and excellent exhibitors. Not to mention great networking, fabulous food and fun.
Just as the service to you provide to insured consumers proves extremely valuable , so is the value in membership in FAPIA.
INVEST IN YOURSELF & FAPIA… Now is the time to invest in yourself and your career as a public adjuster.
FAPIA members have exclusive access to our Members Only area on FAPIA.net. There you can find special member benefits, associate members who can assist you and your clients, even past presentations from top industry experts.
You also get the forms and documents, including the model PA contract developed for and by FAPIA members. You even get a listing on the FAPIA Find An Adjuster section where the public goes to find public adjusters.
Recognizing the Value in FAPIA MEMBERSHIP
WHAT DO OUR MEMBERS THING ABOUT THEIR MEMBERSHIPS?
“I’m a better PA since joining FAPIA.” Nancy Dominguez
“Great Conferences.” Stephen McCaffrey
“It offers state-wide representation for our industry.” Frank Finlay
“As a FAPIA member, you stay informed on all the changes in our industry.” John Mercedes
Now is the time to invest in yourself and in your career as a public adjuster!
What You Need to Know and Do to Apply for a FAPIA Membership
Review the goals and objectives of FAPIA to ensure that membership will be of benefit to you professionally and personally
Visit the FAPIA website to:
- Understand who is FAPIA
- Understand the history of our Association
- Understand our Bylaws
- Understand what FAPIA is doing now
- Understand our Code of Ethics
Requirements to be a FAPIA member
Only persons who are duly licensed by the Florida Department of Financial Services as Public Insurance Adjusters may apply for full membership. Membership is limited to individuals who fulfill all the requirements of FAPIA as set by the Board of Directors. Those requirements include:
- Of good character
- Being properly appointed as a public insurance adjuster
- Having no more than one complaint filed against you with DFS (and documentation must be provided on any complaint)
- You must agree to follow FAPIA’s Code of Ethics.
Apply for Membership***
Complete and submit to FAPIA the following:
a. FAPIA membership application
b. Payment of the FAPIA annual dues of $495.00***
Your membership application will not be considered or processed until all of the above have been completed. This application must be completed in full and honestly. Additional information may be needed to complete your request for membership. You will be contacted if applicable.
Your information will be reviewed by:
- FAPIA’s Membership Committee
- FAPIA’s Officers and Board of Directors
- All members of FAPIA will be advised of your request for membership.
Once you have completed Steps 1, 2 and 3, you will be granted temporary membership on a probationary period of 90 days. This will allow ample time for review of your application. Once your application receives final approval, you will be granted full membership which includes voting rights at the general membership meetings and access to member benefits.
If your application is not approved, your application fee will be refunded.
The best way to reap the full benefits of FAPIA membership is to get involved. There are various standing committees for which you can volunteer. Committees often conduct their business via email so the time and travel commitment is not overwhelming. However, this will allow you to get to know FAPIA officers who serve as chairpersons of the committee. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend both FAPIA conferences (winter & summer) where you have access to the finest PA specific education in the country, as well as interacting with vendors and associate members; networking with other PAs from around the state; and briefings by our lobbyists and officers on the business of both FAPIA and the industry. Finally, you will receive constant updates throughout the year on the various programs and actions FAPIA is taking to protect and preserve the public adjusting industry.
***If an application for membership is made within 90 days of a FAPIA Conference and the applicant is attending that Conference, the applicant must submit payment equal to the amount charged for non member attendees. Upon final approval of membership, the applicant will be refunded any amount that exceeded the FAPIA member conference fee and the FAPIA annual membership fee.