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Increase your insurance knowledge with andrew g gordon incI have just returned from a course, The Agency Management Institute. I found this course to be quite extensive and it definitely added to my 30 years of insurance knowledge. The areas of study as related to an insurance agency, included:

  • The Agency as an Organization
  • Managing and Sustaining Financial Strength
  • Human Resources
  • Agency Productivity & Effectiveness
  • Legal & Ethical Responsibilities.

This course is one in five that must be completed in order to obtain my Certified Insurance Counselor designation. Each course is two and a half days long, for a total of 20 hours.

This program is administered through the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research. In addition to the wealth of information that is obtained from these courses, continuing education credits are also earned. As the National Alliance for Insurance Education and Research states, “The Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation has been the insurance industry's premier, proven source for practical, real-world education since 1969”. More than 300 CIC institutes are conducted each year in major cities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

To achieve the designation, there are five courses that must be attended: Commercial Property, Commercial Casualty, Life & Health, Agency Management and Personal Lines.  A written exam and passing grade is required for each course. I have completed the Commercial Property and Commercial Casualty courses with  passing grades and am waiting for my test results for the most recent course (usual time frame is 6 to 8 weeks!). Hopefully I have passed! All five courses must be completed and passed within a five year period.

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