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The Insurance Agents and Adjusters Regulation of Alberta sets out the Continuing Education Requirements for insurance agents, brokers and adjusters. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions asked by Agents, Brokers and Adjusters in Alberta. What are the Certificate Terms for Continuing Education? Life and Accident & Sickness insurance agents, General insurance agents and Adjusters are required to complete in each certificate term at least 15 hours of approved continuing education courses. Effective July 1, 2014, a “certificate term” means the period beginning on July 1 and ending on the next June 30. How do I know that I have satisfied my CE requirements? You must log in to AIC and check your CE Summary Report.
What happens if you fail to renew your license by May 31? You will be prohibited from acting as an agent. Your agency or sponsoring insurance company will be notified immediately of the expiry of your license. If you wish to apply under the reinstatement process, you will be required to complete ad submit a paper application form, along with the annual licensing fee and the reinstatement fee of $70.00. You will not be able to act as an gent until the Insurance Council of Manitoba approves the application and confirms the reinstatement by email to you. Delays could occur where additional requirements must be submitted for reinstatement.
Demand for insurance products and services remains as strong as ever but there has been a fundamental shift in the channels consumers choose to make their purchases. Insurance is generally bought directly through an insurer (through its captive agents, the web or other direct channels) or through independent agents and commercial brokers who provide access to the products of several insurers. Agreements bind brokerages and insurance companies together. The terms of these can vary according to the companies involved. These agreements will document the relationship that exists between the two parties.
General Insurance Continuing Education Requirements and Definitions for BC. Number of Hours Required: if you have an approved designation* you must have 4 qualified hours of continuing education; OR if you have been licensed as a general insurance agent or salesperson for at least 5 of the last 7 years in a Canadian jurisdiction, and you do not have an approved designation, you must have 6 qualified hours of continuing education; OR if you have not been licensed as a general insurance agent or salesperson agent for at least 5 of the last 7 years in a Canadian jurisdiction and you do not have an approved designation, you must have 8 qualified hours of continuing education.
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ILScorp courses are available for a specific amount of time from the date of purchase. CE course subscriptions and individual courses are available for 6 months from the date of purchase, CAIB Courses have 4 months’ access and Level 1 Licensing for 3 months, all with unlimited amount of access. If you log into your ILScorp profile and do not see any courses listed under the “My Courses” tab, you can renew / purchase your course subscription from the ILScorp Course Catalog, or by choosing your subscription category here. Once your purchase is complete, you will have immediate access to your courses.
This new Life/A&S course is now available and included as part of your ILS LIFE/A&S Course Subscription. In this course, learn how in certain cases Split Beneficiary Planning allows for cash extractions (free of dividend tax) from the corporation in excess of actual policy premiums; how a separate and well drafted Split Beneficiary Agreement is required, including a defendable pricing model likely using NCPI as the source cost; and that specialized legal and tax advice may be needed before implementing such planning.
ILScorp Virtual Classroom programs are built on a structure of daily assignments and due dates that you must meet, whether it’s taking an online chapter quiz; completing daily questions; watching weekly review videos; or participating in a discussion with fellow classmates. However, within the virtual classrooms structure you have the freedom to choose the best times to participate that sync with your individual schedule. Moderated by long-time insurance educator Todd Hochban, the ILS Virtual Classroom Programs prepare you to write your insurance licensing exam in just four weeks, sending your insurance career to new heights!
Retirement Success in Canada a course designed to introduce you to the topic of Canadian retirement income. In this new course on Retirement Success in Canada you will be introduced to each of the “three pillars” that make up the replacement income of most Canadian retirees and the issues and solutions surrounding them. In the beginning we cover the first pillar of Canadian Retirement Savings, the Old Age Security program. OAS Pension and Benefits are paid out according to:
4 New Life/A&S CE. Understanding, Analyzing and Interpreting Financial Statements
This course is included as part of your ILS LIFE/A&S Course Subscription. A financial statement provides a record of the financial activities and positions of a business during a period of time. These statements represent a means of communicating a given business’s financial information to different parties who then can base their decisions on the statistics provided. Note that a proper understanding of financial statements is paramount to an individual’s ability to make informed decisions including whether to invest in or grant credit to a business.