Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

The 2019 Oregon Certification Course

Inspiring adjuster certification since 1991

Reinisch Wilson Weier believes that Oregon adjusters should not just be certified, but also be educated to comprehend and apply the rules and the statutes, as well as understand the history of and the reasons for the current workers’ compensation processing procedures.

  • Educated adjusters are more effective critical thinkers from the start
  • Educated adjusters get workers back to work faster
  • Educated adjusters handle litigated claims more effectively
  • Educated adjusters avoid audit issues and potential penalties

"The instructors were easy to understand, made sure we understood the material, and provided everyday examples."
2018-11-07T08:34:21+00:00
"The instructors were easy to understand, made sure we understood the material, and provided everyday examples."
"I really enjoyed hearing real life examples and how it applies, to everyday claim handling."
2018-11-07T08:29:05+00:00
"I really enjoyed hearing real life examples and how it applies, to everyday claim handling."

"This class, as a whole, makes me feel a lot more confident about the legal aspects of working through a claim."

2018-11-06T11:47:39+00:00
"This class, as a whole, makes me feel a lot more confident about the legal aspects of working through a claim."

"The course book was simple to understand and it had all the relevant information needed for the exam. It is a book I can always refer to when handling claims at work."

2018-11-06T11:44:32+00:00
"The course book was simple to understand and it had all the relevant information needed for the exam. It is a book I can always refer to when handling claims at work."

"I liked how Matt used real life examples, kept the material moving, and would go back if needed."

2018-11-06T11:42:29+00:00
"I liked how Matt used real life examples, kept the material moving, and would go back if needed."
"The main reason (I would recommend the course) would be the attorneys that presented the information. They were amazing and made learning fun and very clear."
2018-11-07T08:37:42+00:00
"The main reason (I would recommend the course) would be the attorneys that presented the information. They were amazing and made learning fun and very clear."

"The course provides a more complete view of the life of a workers' compensation claim than many of my colleagues are exposed to."

2018-11-06T11:48:35+00:00
"The course provides a more complete view of the life of a workers' compensation claim than many of my colleagues are exposed to."

"I learned so much about the WC system. I especially loved the personal anecdotes and the technical understanding that Matt brought to this class."

2018-11-06T11:51:49+00:00
"I learned so much about the WC system. I especially loved the personal anecdotes and the technical understanding that Matt brought to this class."

"The course manual is something I will likely refer to many times into the future."

2018-11-06T11:45:12+00:00
"The course manual is something I will likely refer to many times into the future."
"Class discussions and past-case conversations brought to light practical applications."
2018-11-07T08:35:27+00:00
"Class discussions and past-case conversations brought to light practical applications."

"Excellent class! I learned a lot. Everyone involved in Workers' Comp ought to take it."

2018-11-06T11:52:22+00:00
"Excellent class! I learned a lot. Everyone involved in Workers' Comp ought to take it."
"(In-person interaction) helps me understand how the system works."
2018-11-07T08:31:26+00:00
"(In-person interaction) helps me understand how the system works."
"One thing I especially appreciated is that Matt and Vincci would often talk about how certain rules arose -- in response to a specific problem, through case law, etc -- and how the rules tended to be applied (or not applied) in practice. That type of background stuff is very helpful and it's not written down anywhere."
2018-11-07T08:30:25+00:00
"One thing I especially appreciated is that Matt and Vincci would often talk about how certain rules arose -- in response to a specific problem, through case law, etc -- and how the rules tended to be applied (or not applied) in practice. That type of background stuff is very helpful and it's not written down anywhere."

"The study questions were extremely helpful! I am glad that they were implemented throughout the course."

2018-11-06T11:46:24+00:00
"The study questions were extremely helpful! I am glad that they were implemented throughout the course."
"Hearing about real examples makes understanding the text easier."
2018-11-07T08:28:30+00:00
"Hearing about real examples makes understanding the text easier."

"The presenters made a 3-hour long class very engaging, interesting and fun. That is a very hard thing to do when teaching a very tough course like this. They have really encouraged me to become a better adjuster."

2018-11-06T11:41:27+00:00
"The presenters made a 3-hour long class very engaging, interesting and fun. That is a very hard thing to do when teaching a very tough course like this. They have really encouraged me to become a better adjuster."
"They made a 3-hour long class very engaging, interesting and fun. That is a very hard thing to do when teaching a very tough course like this. They have really encouraged me to become a better adjuster."
2018-11-06T13:06:47+00:00
"They made a 3-hour long class very engaging, interesting and fun. That is a very hard thing to do when teaching a very tough course like this. They have really encouraged me to become a better adjuster."
"Topics were laid out well and broken into chunks that made sense to someone who doesn't have much experience."
2018-11-07T08:36:28+00:00
"Topics were laid out well and broken into chunks that made sense to someone who doesn't have much experience."

"Matt made the material very interesting and memorable by relating real stories with the statutes and rules."

2018-11-06T11:43:37+00:00
"Matt made the material very interesting and memorable by relating real stories with the statutes and rules."
"The study questions helped to solidify what we learned and were super handy to have for the final exam."
2018-11-07T08:42:32+00:00
"The study questions helped to solidify what we learned and were super handy to have for the final exam."

"The course book had a logical flow and did a good job at giving a broad overview of Oregon's workers' compensation system."

2018-11-06T11:45:44+00:00
"The course book had a logical flow and did a good job at giving a broad overview of Oregon's workers' compensation system."
"Like a lot of the people in the class, I'm coming to Oregon workers' comp from another state, so there were a lot of holes in my knowledge. The course gave me exactly what I needed: a good, solid foundation in how the Oregon system works."
2018-11-07T08:40:23+00:00
"Like a lot of the people in the class, I'm coming to Oregon workers' comp from another state, so there were a lot of holes in my knowledge. The course gave me exactly what I needed: a good, solid foundation in how the Oregon system works."
"They were very knowledgeable. The instructors made the material easy to understand and ensured the important items were thoroughly covered. Their sense of humor and personable nature made the class time go by quickly."
2018-11-06T13:07:36+00:00
"They were very knowledgeable. The instructors made the material easy to understand and ensured the important items were thoroughly covered. Their sense of humor and personable nature made the class time go by quickly."
"The in-person interaction helped me apply real world situations I was experiencing at my claims desk to the material in class."
2018-11-07T08:32:33+00:00
"The in-person interaction helped me apply real world situations I was experiencing at my claims desk to the material in class."

"There was nothing in this class that could be called 'useless.' Even if I know I won't be working with litigated claims any time soon, I know how what I do at the beginning of a claim can mitigate potential problems years later."

2018-11-06T11:47:00+00:00
"There was nothing in this class that could be called 'useless.' Even if I know I won't be working with litigated claims any time soon, I know how what I do at the beginning of a claim can mitigate potential problems years later."

Why should I take this course?

  • This live course has been led since 1991 by attorneys who exclusively defend Oregon worker’s compensation claims. Students will not only understand the basics of Oregon statutes and administrative rules, but will also hear personal experiences and industry history.
  • Two ways to attend:
    • Now offering a live-streaming option—watch the live presentation at your desk and live chat your questions. (Online participants will need to take the test at our Training Center or be proctored by an employer.)
    • We offer the classroom setting at our Training Center, which is best suited for discussion among fellow students. Classroom registrations limited to just 15 students.
  • The most current rules and regulations; content updated before each session.
  • Everyone receives a comprehensive Claims Manual, which has become an excellent reference guide after the course.
  • Each class is followed by thorough discussion of study questions.
  • A practice exam helps students prepare for the final exam.
  • Mentoring during the study questions as well as one-on-one mentoring outside of classes.
  • More than 500 adjusters have become certified as a result of this course.

This course is for anyone new to Oregon workers’ compensation claims adjudication. Oregon law requires all new workers’ compensation claims examiners to obtain certification by successfully completing an examination that demonstrates their familiarity with pertinent statutes, administrative rules and claims procedures.

Upon passage participants receive all documentation necessary to satisfy the Oregon rules and statutes governing claims examiner certification. Certified examiners must also renew their certification every three years by documenting 24 hours of continuing education; certified adjusters can take this course to satisfy the renewal credits.

What does the course cover?

Students will study the most recent versions of

  • The Basic Oregon Workers’ Compensation Claims Manual
  • Workers’ Compensation Law (ORS Chapter 656)
  • Workers’ Compensation Administrative Rules (OAR Chapter 436)

The course consists of 9 lectures based upon reading assignments in the 13 textbook chapters, including a post-class discussion of study questions that students complete in advance for each class, plus the final exam during the last (10th) session.

2019 Schedule 

Each course consists of 10, three-hour sessions from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays unless otherwise noted:

  • Spring Course: March 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21 26, 28, April 2, 4 (exam on the last day)
    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

    Summer Course: July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, August 1, 6, 8 (exam on the last day)
    Please register by Friday, June 21

    Fall Course: October 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31 (exam on the last day)
    Please register by Friday, September 13

Attendance: Students may not miss more than one of the first 8 class sessions to remain eligible to take the certification exam. Replays of recorded lectures will be available for course participants to make up missed classes.

What does it cost?

The course tuition is $525 per person (in-person or online), which includes

  • Ten 3-hour live classes led by our attorneys – online or in our classroom
  • The comprehensive Claims Manual plus a hard copy of ORS 656
  •  Study questions and discussions with our attorneys after each class lecture
  • One-on-one mentoring with an attorney during study questions and outside of class
  • A pre-test study session and practice exam
  • The certification examination
  • All necessary documentation upon passage

The fee is due in advance and is nonrefundable. We can now accept payment online as well as checks in advance of the first class.

Click here for additional information: Course Information Fact Sheet

Questions? Click here to email Scott Wolff, Marketing Director or call direct 503-452-7266.

 

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This course was previously led by Jerry Keene, founder of the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Institute. Jerry taught the course from 1991, when Oregon first began to require examiner certification, until his teaching retirement at the end of 2017.

 

Renewal of an existing Oregon Certification

According to OAR Chapter 436, Division 055 (effective January 1, 2017):

An insurer may renew a claims examiner’s certification upon verification that the claims examiner has completed 24 hours of training within the past three years. The 24 hours of training must include:

      • At least six hours of training on ORS chapter 656, OAR chapter 436, and relevant case law;
      • One hour related to the interactions with IME providers;
      • Additional (general) training related to
        a) medical case management;
        b) communication skills;
        c) claims processing skills related to OR claims

The Basic Oregon Workers’ Compensation Certification class may be taken to meet the above renewal requirements. Click here to read OAR 436, Division 055.

 

On-site Continuing Education

Course leaders are available to conduct on-site training sessions of this course. Contact Scott Wolff for more information and rates for an onsite course presentation.