Reinisch Wilson Weier PC Workers' Compensation Defense and Employment Law

Washington Labor and Industries extends (re)certification deadlines

By Reinisch Wilson Weier PC, Aug 14, 2020

From an August 14, 2020, Washington Labor and Industries announcement:

L&I is extending to July 1, 2021 the requirement for certified claims administrator certifications that are expiring between March 20 and June 30, 2021.

The extension is being made due to a number of issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns over bringing groups of people into the building.

L&I also is extending the time for people outside the state of Washington who are making claim decisions to be a certified claims administrator in the state. The deadline would have been July 1, 2020 without the extension.

These extensions will align the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-15-350 requirement for out-of-state administrators to become certified to the new requirement in Substitute House Bill (SHB) 2409 passed in March 2020, that all certified administrators, in- and out-of-state, become certified by July 1, 2021.

L&I is looking into offering electronic testing in the future and continuing work on a new version of the certification test. The new test will assess claim administrators’ knowledge in the areas outlined in WAC 296-15-360. The statute requires those pursuing a new certified claims administrator certification to meet the requirements of the department-approved comprehensive goal-oriented curriculum. More details about the new test will be coming.

If you are a certified administrator and the postponement of the testing is causing a hardship, contact Kelli Zimmerman at 360-902-6904 to discuss individual options.



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