. “Earning ‘ASCA Certified’ status assures those in the snow removal industry that I am able to better understand the issues surrounding the operation of their business"
Liberty, MO (PRWEB) October 27, 2015
Robert Holmes, President of Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, the nation’s leading provider of snow insurance, has successfully completed the necessary educational requirements and has proven knowledgeable of established industry standards to earn “ASCA Certified” status by the Accredited Snow Contractors Association.
“I believe strongly that proficiency in established industry standards for snow and ice management is crucial to understanding the business challenges of those that fight snow each and every winter,” Holmes says. “Earning ‘ASCA Certified’ status assures those in the snow removal industry that I am able to better understand the issues surrounding the operation of their business while providing the level of customer service and professionalism in which they are entitled, all with the goal of reducing their exposure to the financial risk related to extremes in natural snowfall.”
The association's "ASCA Certified" program is the result of establishing the first "industry standards" for the professional snow and ice management industry. The ASCA’s overall goal of establishing standards and a certification process is to lower instances of frivolous slip-and-fall claims and to control insurance premiums.
“Anyone who engages in snow and ice management, or contracts for this essential winter service, understands how baseless slip-and-fall personal injury claims have gotten out of control, caused liability insurance rates to skyrocket, and has had a negative impact on many small businesses’ bottom-lines during theses fiscally challenging times,” says ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride. “It is our belief that the ‘ASCA Certified’ designation will serve as a strong deterrent to plaintiff’s attorneys pursuing these frivolous claims, and will help snow contractors work with their clients – property owners and managers – to provide the safest conditions possible during winter weather events.”
ASCA members receive the certification status after completing 10 hours of one-hour, ASCA-approved online educational classes. After each session, a test is issued and must be passed (80% is a passing grade) to receive credit. Once the required class work is completed ASCA certification is issued to the contractor. This is valid for one year from the date of issuance. Contractors are required to take 10 hours of online continuing education through the ASCA in order to update their certification status.
About Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance
After over a decade of providing weather risk solutions to some of this country’s largest corporations, to providing weather insurance to small town festivals, fairs, concerts, and other outdoor events, Robert Holmes decided that he could provide a better customer experience through his own company, and Spectrum was born. Since its inception, Spectrum has established itself to be the nation’s premier provider of snow insurance, rain insurance, and other weather insurance coverage. For more information about Spectrum Weather and Specialty Insurance, Inc., visit http://www.spectrumweatherinsurance.com, or contact Robert Holmes directly at 816-810-2346, or via email at rholmes(at)spectrumweatherinsurance(dot)com.
About the ASCA
The Accredited Snow Contractors Association is a trade association with the purpose of advancing the professional snow and ice management industry and to promote its role in performing high-risk services to society. Check out ascaonline.org for more details, or contact ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride directly at 330/523-5368 or via email at kgilbride(at)gie(dot)net.