California Insurance Agent 24-Hour Continuing Education Course (Life, Health, Property, and Casualty)

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How to Renew Your California Insurance License

General Requirements:

Total Hours

24 hours biennially for Producers and Adjusters (except 20 hours for Limited Lines Automobile Producers)

Compliance Renewal Date

Renewal date is the last day of the license issuance month biennially. When adding a new line of authority, the renewal date is based off of the date of the issuance of the original license.  The renewal date for Personal Lines Agents licensed prior to 1/1/2009 is 12/31 biennially. Independent and Public Adjusters renew on 5/31 of even numbered years.

You may also need to take specific courses or earn specific credit types to renew your license. These course completions will count toward the total hour requirement.

Line-Specific Requirements:

Hours must be taken in license type held. If multi-licensed, any course is allowed.

For All Licenses:

Ethics
3 hrs – Producers & Adjusters must complete 3 hrs of Ethics as part of the total requirement

Annuity Requirements

Licensees who solicit individuals for annuities sales must complete 8 hour California-specific annuities course. After completing this training, producers must complete 4 hours of training on California annuities every license renewal period thereafter. This requirement is part of and not in addition to the regular continuing education requirements.


Long-Term Care Training

Accident and health agents who solicit individuals for the sale of Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance must complete an eight-hour LTC course prior to selling LTC insurance. Additionally, newly licensed agents must complete eight (8) hours of LTC training every year for the first four years that they are licensed (without duplicating a course during the same license term). Beginning in the fifth year that they are licensed, licensees are required to complete eight hours of LTC training every two-year license term.


Flood Requirements

This state has issued a notice reminding licensees who sell flood insurance of their requirement to comply with the minimum 3 hours of training requirements established by FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.


All Other State Requirements

Resident Requirements

Life and/or Accident/Health agents must complete 24 hours biennially, including 3 hours of ethics.

Fire & Casualty broker-agents must complete a minimum of 25 approved credit hours for that license type for each of the first four 12-month periods, starting from the issuance date of the original license. Licensees must also complete four hours of ethics continuing education training every license term as a part of the requirements. After the first four years of licensure, 24 hours is required biennially including 3 hours in ethics.

Effective January 1, 2014, all licensed agents and adjusters who have an ethics requirement are required to complete 3 hours of ethics.

Personal lines licensees must complete 12 hours per two year period, including 3 hours in ethics.

Approved courses must be completed for the license of insurance held by the licensee.

This state has issued a notice reminding licensees who sell flood insurance of their requirement to comply with the minimum training requirements established by FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.

Variable Contracts is a sub-line or authority attached to the Life license line. Also requires FINRA registration.

Homeowners Valuation Training: California Property/Casualty broker-agents who sell homeowners insurance must complete an approved course on Homeowners Valuation prior to transacting homeowners insurance. This training is a one-time requirement.

Non Resident Requirements

Licensed non-resident producers who comply with the continuing education requirements of their resident state of residence are exempt from the California continuing education requirement. However, nonresidents are required to comply with the annuities and the LTC training requirements.

Course Repetition

Course repetition is not permitted within the compliance/renewal period.

Course Requirements

Bio data/security questions – This state requires the use of bio-data questions to confirm you are in fact the intended user and that it was you that completed the course. To successfully complete the course, these questions must be answered correctly when asked.

Forced progression – This state requires the user to successfully complete each page of the online course before being allowed to proceed to the next.

Exam Rules

Online certification exams are closed book. Course materials are not available while the exam is in progress. The final exam must be passed with a score of 70% or higher to receive CE credit. If the exam is not passed on the first attempt, students have an unlimited number of retakes.

Period Requirements

Renewal date is the last day of the license issuance month, biennially. Personal Lines renewal is 12/31 biennially.

Carryover Criteria Requirements

Carryover of CE hours is permitted. Excess credits in ethics may not be carried over.

Reporting Requirements

Sponsors have 30 days from course completion to report credits. Need license number to report.

Exemptions

Experience

Any person who is 70 years of age or older, and has been licensed in good standing for 30 continuous years is exempt from completing continuing education to renew his/her Life and/or Fire & Casualty license.

However, the licensee must still satisfy the California LTC requirement to sell long-term care insurance, as well as the annuities training in order to sell annuity products.

Professional Designation

Credit earned in order to satisfy the following programs may be applied for insurance CE credit:

  • Any part of the Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF) program totaling 30 hours for the life-only license and the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) curriculum totaling 30 hours for the life-only license and the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) program totaling 25 hours for the fire casualty broker-agent license may be applied for insurance CE credit.
  • Any part of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) program totaling 30 hours for the fire casualty broker-agent license.
  • Any part of the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) program totaling 25 hours for the life-only or accident health agent license and the fire casualty broker-agent license.
  • Any part of the Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (CEBS) program totaling 25 hours for the life-only license and the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) program totaling 30 hours for the life-only license.
  • Any part of the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) program totaling 30 hours for the life-only license.
  • Any part of the Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) program totaling 30 hours for the life-only license and the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Health Insurance Associate (HIA) program totaling 25 hours for the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) program totaling 30 hours for the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Registered Health Underwriter (RHU) program totaling 30 hours for the accident and health license.
  • Any part of the Associate in Risk Management (ARM) program totaling 30 hours for the fire casualty broker-agent license.

Acceptable Training Methods

  • Correspondence (Print)
  • Company Seminars
  • Classroom
  • CBT/CD-ROM (Computer-Based Training)
  • Online (Internet Delivery)

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