• Certified Insurance Counselors FAQ

    Who should attend CIC institutes?
    How much time is involved in each institute?
    Can I earn CE credit? How many hours?
    When and where do institutes meet?
    How does the CIC Program compare to CPCU?
    Are scholarships available?
    What are the requirements to earn the CIC designation?
    How is the curriculum determined?
    What is a conferment?
    What is MyPage?
    How do I obtain a subscription to the Knowledge Alliance?  

    Who should attend CIC institutes?
    SmallCICThe CIC Program is for agency and company personnel—owners, producers, agents, account managers, brokers, underwriters, and marketing or claims personnel. Participants must be licensed agents, brokers, adjusters, or solicitors; or have at least two years of full-time experience in the insurance industry or as a risk management professional; or have served for at least two years as a full-time insurance faculty member at an accredited college or university.   

    How much time is involved in each institute?
    Each institute is 2½ days (or 20 hours) of instruction, followed by an optional 2-hour exam.

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    Can I earn CE credit? How many hours?
    Each institute is approved for continuing education credit in all CE states. CE credit is based on attendance, not on passing an exam.

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    When and where do institutes meet?
    Institutes are offered regularly and throughout the state. See a scheduleAgency Management and Life & Health institutes are now available online, and arrangements can also be made to bring CIC Institutes in-house at a location of your choosing. Contact Dave Newell for more information. 

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    How does the CIC Program compare to CPCU?
    While the two designation programs are complementary, the CIC institutes focus on the "hands-on," practical application of insurance principles, and CPCU offers a more theoretical approach.

    CPCU is an eight-part, theory-based program. Depending on your location and choice, you can take the classes through self-study, online, or in a classroom setting. National exam windows are offered four times a year.

    Each of the five, classroom-based CIC institutes lasts 2½ days. CIC exams are developed and administered onsite at the end of each course. An annual continuing education requirement must be met to maintain the CIC designation, while CPCU has an optional continuing professional development program.

    Are scholarships available?
    Yes. To be eligible for a CIC institute scholarship, you must meet all the regular attendance requirements, plus be a first-time participant in the CIC Program, and have never received any other scholarship from The National Alliance. Learn more and apply on The National Alliance website. 

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    What are the requirements to earn the CIC designation?
    You must take all five CIC institutes (or four institutes and one CRM course), and pass all five examinations within five calendar years.

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    How is the curriculum determined?
    The curriculum advisory committee meets periodically to evaluate and update course content.

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    What is a conferment?
    The conferment ceremony, held during FAIA's annual Planning Session, is public acknowledgement of your earning the CIC designation. You gather with other recent designees to celebrate achieving this professional milestone. During the conferment, new designees are presented with their gold CIC lapel pin by the president of The National Alliance, National Alliance board members, or other distinguished representatives of The National Alliance.

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    What is MyPage?
    Your important National Alliance professional education information is in one convenient place on MyPage, including the way to update your contact information, CE certificates, course history, exam results, and new program offerings.

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    How do I obtain a subscription to the Knowledge Alliance?
    The Knowledge Alliance is a web-based information resource that focuses on current, practice-oriented insurance, risk management and agency management issues, trends, and developments. Access is included as a benefit to dues-paid CICs, CRMs, CISRs, and CSRMs. For those not holding one of the designations, a subscription is available for $189 annually.

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