How To Become An Insurance Agent In Connecticut
What Kind Of Agent Are You Going To Be?A majority of people who are applying for their insurance license have a plan in already in place of where they are going to use it. If you don't yet have a plan on how you will be using your insurance license, this is the place to start. Here are some of the questions that you should ask yourself:
- What type of insurance am I going to sell?
- Am I starting my own agency or working inside of an existing agency?
- It may depend on how your agency is set up to tell you what type of licenses you need to hold.
- What types of licenses does my company require me to hold?
How To Get Your Insurance License In Connecticut
The first step in getting a Connecticut insurance license is taking pre-license education courses. These are state required courses pertaining to the subject matter that will be on the license exam. To fill the pre-license requirement, you must complete a certain amount of credit hours depending on the lines of authority (types of licenses) you wish to attain.
For the Property & Casualty lines, you must take eighty (80) hours of pre-licensing, and for Life, Accident, & Health you must also take eighty (40) hours. You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course. Keep this certificate, as you will need it when taking your exam.
Most applicants choose to take these courses online, as it fits their schedule better, but there are also in-person courses available. You should choose which format in which to take your courses based on your preferred method of learning. The goal isn't just to get the courses out of the way, it's to prepare you to pass your license exam on the first attempt.
Insurance License Exams
The next step after completing all of your pre-license coursework is to take the insurance exam. You will take one exam for each combined line of insurance you wish to carry. Life, Accident, & Health (LA&H) and Property & Casualty (P&C) are a total of four lines, but the licenses and exams are presented at two combined lines.
This is a proctored test, which means that you will be in a controlled environment with a person watching you. For people who haven't tested in a situation like this should be aware of this fact, and work on taming their nerves prior to sitting for the exam.
The fee for each attempt of the exams is $79. When you show up you must have two forms of ID, including a photo ID, and the original or a paper copy of the pre-license education certificate. An electronic copy of this certificate will not be accepted.
The Life, Accident, and Health exam is One hundred fifty (150) questions long, and you have two hours and thirty minutes (2:30) to complete the test. Here is a copy of the Life, Accident, and Health test outline, provided by Prometric.
The Property and Casualty exam is One hundred fifty (150) questions long, and you have two hours and thirty minutes (2:30) to complete the test. Here is a copy of the Property and Casualty test outline, provided by Prometric.
You must score 70% or higher on each of these tests to pass.
Check out our Insurance Exam Guide. It's extremely in-depth, and will hopefully help you pass the first time.
Insurance license tests are intentionally difficult, but not impossible by any means. You should study to the point of comfortability with the information before you attempt the test. Failing the exam isn't the end of the world, but keep in mind that you will need to pay the fee each time you attempt the test.
Note: StateRequirement recommends that you study for one exam at a time, then after passing, starting on your next line. The exams are difficult enough on their own without confusing information from one line to another.
You may register to take your exams and find more information on the Prometric Connecticut website. Prometric offers much more information regarding testing in the Prometric Connecticut Insurance Licensing Information Bulletin
Once you have completed your exams, you are now ready to apply for your license. If you have more than one line of authority that you have passed the exam for, be sure to apply for all of those lines.
The fee for an online application is $140. If you want to add another line of authority to your license in the future the fee to amend the license is $130.
Fill out your online application on the Connecticut License Application page.
Once you have submitted your application and have filled all the other requirements, your license application will be reviewed by the state. Your background check from the application will also be reviewed.
If everything is to acceptable standards your license should be issued quickly. If there are any items from your background check that need to be reviewed, it may slow down the process of issuance. If this is the case, the state may contact you to provide context to the issues that they have run into.
The application review normally takes between seven and ten (7-10) business days. After this period, you will receive an email with confirmation that your license has been issued.
You've done the work, put in the time and effort, and now hold the key to your own success! We're proud of you. Take five (5) minutes and celebrate.
Information on this page has been gathered by a multitude of sources and was most recently updated in October 2018.
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