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Become an insurance agent

Insurance is something people hope they never need but are grateful for when they do. There are hundreds of insurance products available and Canadians will look to their insurance agents to help them sort through the features and select the right coverage for their lives. As a trusted professional, you’ll consult with clients about their goals and help them select coverage to protect what’s important to them.

Insurance career pathways

  • LLQP certification
  • A&S certification
  • Top-up from A&S

LLQP certification

Choosing life insurance can be confusing. As a knowledgeable, licensed professional, you can advise Canadians on insurance products that provide peace of mind and financial security for their loved ones.

The Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) course curriculum includes both life insurance and accident & sickness (A&S) modules.

Successful completion of all course components, including certification exams, enables you to write the provincial licensing exam and to apply for a Life and Accident & Sickness Insurance license in any Canadian jurisdiction except Quebec.

BCC courses for this path

Who should enrol?

  • Individuals interested in selling life insurance and extended health or disability insurance.
  • This course is recommended for people interested in starting a career in insurance.

Pathway comparisons

LLQP A&S Top-up from A&S

A&S insurance modules

Yes

Yes

Yes

Life insurance modules

Yes

No

Yes

Exam

4 licensing exams

3 licensing exams

2 licensing exams

Sell A&S insurance

Yes

Yes

Yes

Sell life insurance

Yes

No

Yes

Province/territory license eligibility

All except Quebec

All except Quebec

All except Quebec and Yukon

Continuing education requirements

Varies by province

Varies by province

Varies by province

A&S certification

Help Canadians protect their lifestyle by advising them on the types of accident and illness insurance products that would meet their needs. The Accident & Sickness (HA&S) course is an entry level course toward a career as an insurance agent.

Successful completion of all course components, including certification exams, enables you to write the provincial licensing exam and to apply for an Accident & Sickness Insurance license in any Canadian jurisdiction except Quebec.

This course does not allow you to apply for a license to sell life insurance products.

BCC courses for this path

Who should enrol?

  • Individuals interested in selling accident & sickness insurance or who want to sell health or disability insurance.
  • Interested in starting a career in insurance
  • Who eventually want to sell life insurance (with additional training)

Top-up from A&S

If you’re a licenced professional for accident and sickness insurance, you are familiar with the licensing process. Perhaps you would like to expand your knowledge and advise Canadians on insurance products that provide peace of mind and financial security for their loved ones.

You’ve already completed the Accident & Sickness program, and you’ll receive credit for those courses for the Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) course curriculum.

Successful completion of the remaining course components, including certification exams, enables you to write the provincial licensing exam and to apply for Life Insurance license in any Canadian jurisdiction except Quebec and Yukon.

BCC courses for this path

Who should enrol?

  • Individuals interested in selling life insurance.
  • Individuals who are already licensed to sell accident & sickness insurance.

Specializations

If you would like to enhance your knowledge about more complex finance and insurance matters, there are specialized courses you can take that will allow you to better serve your clients.

Chartered Life Underwriter®

The Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU®) certificationprovides the education needed to differentiate your practice in complex wealth transfer and estate planning.

Elder Planning Counselor™

The Elder Planning Counselor (EPC™) course provides classes and training for professionals working with clients over 55 in many different fields, including financial planning, insurance, accounting, funeral planning, social work, and nursing.

Certified Health Insurance Specialist®

The Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS®) CHS is the best recognized living benefits-focused certification in Canada.

Continuing education

Insurance agent licensing organizations require professionals to meet annual Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

BCC offers a variety of courses and formats. Choose between online delivery, live webinars, and classroom seminars to earn your credits. We also offer a unique subscription program that puts you in control of your CE credits.

Ethics & Professional Responsibility CE course

Our Ethics & Professional Responsibility CE courses give you an opportunity to earn the FP Canada Professional Responsibility credits that are required annually for many insurance and financial certification.

CE podcasts

BCC podcasts are freely available to our students. To receive CE credits, students can purchase and pass our podcast quizzes.

CE seminars and webinars

BCC CE seminars and webinars feature presenters from the financial services sector, as well as other institutions and industries. Attend to learn about and discuss emerging trends and important topics to financial and insurance professionals.

Advocis®, The Institute for Advanced Financial Education (The Institute), CLU®, CHS, CH.F.C.®, PFA™ and APA® are trademarks of The Financial Advisors Association of Canada (TFAAC).

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