Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

The 2020 Oregon Certification Course

Inspiring adjuster certification since 1991

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC 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

"I really liked how there were able to relate day to day situations to help better understand some of the different situations and questions we had."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:35:42-08:00
"I really liked how there were able to relate day to day situations to help better understand some of the different situations and questions we had."
"Vincci - all I can say about her, she is a Gem Stone. She helped me learn whatever she taught in a very easy way. I used to think different before meeting her. She made the whole training lot more enjoyable and informative."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:40:09-08:00
"Vincci - all I can say about her, she is a Gem Stone. She helped me learn whatever she taught in a very easy way. I used to think different before meeting her. She made the whole training lot more enjoyable and informative."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:46:24-08:00
"The study questions were extremely helpful! I am glad that they were implemented throughout the course."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:48:35-08:00
"The course provides a more complete view of the life of a workers' compensation claim than many of my colleagues are exposed to."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:45:44-08:00
"The course book had a logical flow and did a good job at giving a broad overview of Oregon's workers' compensation system."
"I really enjoyed hearing real life examples and how it applies, to everyday claim handling."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:29:05-08:00
"I really enjoyed hearing real life examples and how it applies, to everyday claim handling."
"The instructors were easy to understand, made sure we understood the material, and provided everyday examples."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:34:21-08:00
"The instructors were easy to understand, made sure we understood the material, and provided everyday examples."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:42:29-08:00
"I liked how Matt used real life examples, kept the material moving, and would go back if needed."
"It was nice to get real world examples to be able to put in into perspective."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:36:16-08:00
"It was nice to get real world examples to be able to put in into perspective."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:47:39-08:00
"This class, as a whole, makes me feel a lot more confident about the legal aspects of working through a claim."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:45:12-08:00
"The course manual is something I will likely refer to many times into the future."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:51:49-08:00
"I learned so much about the WC system. I especially loved the personal anecdotes and the technical understanding that Matt brought to this class."
"Hearing about real examples makes understanding the text easier."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:28:30-08:00
"Hearing about real examples makes understanding the text easier."

"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."

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:47:00-08:00
"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."
"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."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:30:25-08:00
"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 in-person interaction helped me apply real world situations I was experiencing at my claims desk to the material in class."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:32:33-08:00
"The in-person interaction helped me apply real world situations I was experiencing at my claims desk to the material in class."
"All instructors were amazing; knowledgeable and personal and seem to have a genuine interest in the content as well as the success of the students. They were all approachable making themselves available to help in any way possible."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:39:09-08:00
"All instructors were amazing; knowledgeable and personal and seem to have a genuine interest in the content as well as the success of the students. They were all approachable making themselves available to help in any way possible."

"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."

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:44:32-08:00
"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."
"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."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:40:23-08:00
"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."
"The course was simple and easy to follow. I loved that they had a webinar option so I didn't have to commute to the office. It was very convenient."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:37:15-08:00
"The course was simple and easy to follow. I loved that they had a webinar option so I didn't have to commute to the office. It was very convenient."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:43:37-08:00
"Matt made the material very interesting and memorable by relating real stories with the statutes and rules."
"I am very thankful for the time you took to help with my certification process. A thousand and one thanks to you and your wonderful team."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:26:47-08:00
"I am very thankful for the time you took to help with my certification process. A thousand and one thanks to you and your wonderful team."

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

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:52:22-08:00
"Excellent class! I learned a lot. Everyone involved in Workers' Comp ought to take it."
"The study questions helped to solidify what we learned and were super handy to have for the final exam."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:42:32-08:00
"The study questions helped to solidify what we learned and were super handy to have for the final exam."

"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."

Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T11:41:27-08:00
"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."
"I felt like the book was pretty easy to navigate."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:41:44-08:00
"I felt like the book was pretty easy to navigate."
"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."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:37:42-08:00
"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."
"Class discussions and past-case conversations brought to light practical applications."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:35:27-08:00
"Class discussions and past-case conversations brought to light practical applications."
"(In-person interaction) helps me understand how the system works."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:31:26-08:00
"(In-person interaction) helps me understand how the system works."
"I really enjoyed the course and learning from the attorney. It really is a wonderful idea to have attorneys who work with the materials every day presenting it!"
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2019-12-04T14:38:08-08:00
"I really enjoyed the course and learning from the attorney. It really is a wonderful idea to have attorneys who work with the materials every day presenting it!"
"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."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T13:07:36-08:00
"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."
"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."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-06T13:06:47-08:00
"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."
Reinisch Wilson Weier PC
2018-11-07T08:36:28-08:00
"Topics were laid out well and broken into chunks that made sense to someone who doesn't have much experience."
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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.

When is the course offered? 

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: February 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27, March 3, 5, 10, 12 (exam on the last day)
    • Summer Course: July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, August 4, 6 (exam on the last day)
       REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
    • Fall Course: September 29, October 1, 6, 8 13, 15, 20, 22, 26, 29 (exam on the last day)
      Please register by Friday, September 11

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
  • 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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

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.