Over 150.000 insurance professionals and consumers come to the Insurance Forum every month. Click here to register for FREE


Go Back   Insurance Forums > Insurance Agents and Brokers Forum > Insurance Continuing Education Forum

Reply to Best Insurance Certifications     
Old 02-20-2015, 01:20 PM   #1
New Member
jrcarroll291 on Best Insurance Certifications
 
Join Date: May 2014
Posts:6
State: jrcarroll291 is an Insurance Agent from
Best Insurance Certifications Best Insurance Certifications
Hey all,

I am looking to get some certifications to advance my knowledge and credibility in the insurance industry, yet I am unsure of which ones to get. I am currently a broker at a small agency and plan on staying here for as long as possible as I believe it has the brightest future, however, I would like to boost my credibility from a corporate perspective just in case I ever need to make the jump to the corporate side (most likely as an underwriter). Basically, I am looking for which certifications carry the most weight in the corporate world of insurance. I have read a lot of forums on this topic, and the common consensus is that the certifications are meaningless from a sales perspective. Very few people actually know what those letters mean, and most people seem to believe they don't directly enhance your skills as an agent. That comes from trials, errors, and self-learning.. and I totally agree. Similar to the fact that a college degree doesn't necessarily contribute to an entrepreneur's success as a business owner. I simply think a cert would be great to put on a resume in the event I was ever hunting for a corporate job one day... I just want to prepare myself for any situation. (As well as gain more knowledge). So which ones do you guys feel are worth the time, money, and effort? I am hearing CPCU is the cream of the crop, but it is quite a commitment. I am ok with hard work and commitment obviously, but are there any other combinations of certs that I can get that require less time and money yet yield the same benefits? Thanks for all who take the time to reply!
------------------------------------
  Reply With Quote to Best Insurance Certifications

Old 02-20-2015, 02:45 PM   #2
DHK
Guru
DHK on Best Insurance Certifications
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts:5,828
State: DHK is an Insurance Agent from California
DHK is a member of 5000 posts Super VIP club
Best Insurance Certifications Re: Best Insurance Certifications
I'd take a look at various credentials that are recognized by your state department of insurance as a substitute for pre-licensing training. These should help your "corporate resume":

This is in California as of 2009:
http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0200-ind...hanges2008.pdf

Nationally Recognized Designations
Section 1749 and 1749.4 of the CIC were amended to recognize courses from other nationally recognized designation programs not currently listed in 1749.4, as meeting the standards for prelicensing and continuing education requirements. Effective January 1, 2009, the recognized designations will be as follows:

• Any part of the Accredited Advisor in Insurance (AAI) program totaling 25 hours for the fire casualty broker-agent license.

• 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 Associate in Risk Management (ARM) program totaling 30 hours for the fire casualty broker-agent license.


There are others listed, but they relate primarily to "Life Only" and/or "Accident and Health" licenses.

There may be other designations that also have a quality educational content, but they may not be nearly as recognized by employers as the ones that State DOI recognize too.

In addition, I'd take a look at the home office personnel and determine "who holds what designation". Just peruse LinkedIn for various companies, look at their employees and check it out.

----------

There are more listed here, but you'll still need to do your research on them: Professional Designations and certifications for the insurance industry
------------------------------------
  Reply With Quote to Best Insurance Certifications
Old 02-20-2015, 04:55 PM   #3
Guru
GreenSky on Best Insurance Certifications
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts:14,599
State: GreenSky is an Insurance Agent from Nevada
GreenSky is a member of 5000 posts Super VIP club
Best Insurance Certifications Re: Best Insurance Certifications
I'm not sure if any designations mean much other than the knowledge you gain.

Rick Bronstein, CIC, CBC, ACBC, MSAA, CSA, CLTC
------------------------------------
  Reply With Quote to Best Insurance Certifications
Old 05-09-2015, 01:24 PM   #4
Expert
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts:32
State: AssociatePI.com is an Insurance Agent from
Best Insurance Certifications Re: Best Insurance Certifications
Look into the chartered property casualty underwriter designation (CPCU) it's one of the premier designations of the inurance industry. Highly regarded and held by only about 4% of the indusrty, I've always heard people refer to it as the "CPA of the insurance industry"
------------------------------------
  Reply With Quote to Best Insurance Certifications
Old 04-26-2017, 09:25 AM   #5
Expert
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts:20
State: AmirMarashi is an Insurance Agent from Undisclosed Location
Best Insurance Certifications Re: Best Insurance Certifications
Top Insurance Certifications:

-Health Insurance- Registered Health Underwriter (RHU)
-Life Insurance- Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU)
-Property Casualty Insurance- Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
Holders of these three designations are seen throughout the industry as knowledgeable experts on insurance administration, underwriting, and regulation. In the linked articles on the various insurance designations available across the industry, you will find numerous other designations described as well that insurance professionals have used to gain and demonstrate their insurance expertise.
------------------------------------
  Reply With Quote to Best Insurance Certifications
Reply to Best Insurance Certifications 

  Insurance Agent Forum > Insurance Forums > Insurance Agents and Brokers Forum > Insurance Continuing Education Forum




Similar Threads with Best Insurance Certifications
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
MA & PDP Certifications JustinTime Senior Insurance Forum 0 06-23-2014 04:59 PM
Any Free Certifications Online? jex Insurance Pre-Licensing Forum 2 10-17-2013 12:55 AM
2014 UHC Medicare Certifications quackattack99 Senior Insurance Forum 1 08-20-2013 05:48 AM
Who Designs These Certifications? JSD8675 Senior Insurance Forum 18 09-13-2011 11:51 PM
Anyone selling Coventry you must do the 2009 certifications... MSIS Senior Insurance Forum 6 08-21-2008 06:03 PM



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:44 PM.

Forum enabled with vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.


Join the Forum - It's FREE

Share This Page



Weekly Poll

Whats the biggest selling point for voluntary benefits?