All claims administrators managing self-insured claims must be certified. To get an L&I approved claim administrator certification, you must take the following steps:
When a new claim administrator, who is not certified, is hired by a self-insured employer they must create a Claims Administrator Trainee profile in SICATS. Claims Administrator Trainees have two years to complete the following requirements and become a certified claims administrator.
They must work under the mentorship of a certified claims administrator, for a minimum of 1 year while obtaining experience in the administration or oversight of claims under Title 51 RCW. The work experience must occur within the 5 years immediately prior to applying to take the test per WAC 296-15-360.
Take required training
Within 6 months of hire, Trainees must begin taking the required training. They must complete an L&I approved 72 hour goal-oriented core curriculum training course resulting in a worker's compensation professional designation; or an approved training program within the department.
Take and pass the Self-Insurance Claims Administrator Test - The test is offered remotely.
To register to test, log into your SICATS account. Our Trainers will respond with additional details when the testing is approved.
Testing is available during business hours, Monday through Friday. You will be able to request any time slot that is available in the SICATS system.
After passing the test, you will be designated as a certified claim administrator.
If you have any questions please contact the Self-Insurance team at SITrainerQuestions@lni.wa.gov.
Maintain your status
To maintain a certified claim administrator status, you must provide documentation that you completed 45 qualifying credits of continuing education over each consecutive 3-year period. Five of these credits may be safety related.