The Alberta Insurance Council has pretty strict CE credit requirements when compare to most other provinces. Hopefully this article will give you answers to some of the more common questions people have about Alberta’s CE credit requirements.
HOW MANY CE CREDIT HOURS DO I NEED IN ALBERTA?
According to the Insurance Agents and Adjusters Regulation, all resident agents and adjusters need 15 hours of credits per certificate. That means if you hold both an agent and adjuster license, you need 15 CE credits each for a total of 30.
WHAT IF I JUST GOT LICENSED?
If you become licensed in the first 9 months of a certificate term, you need to get CE credits. The number of hours required is calculated pro-rata using the formula laid out by Council.
Note: the certificate term/period is July 1st to June 30th. (ie. July 1st, 2019 – June 30th, 2020)
If you got licensed in the last 3 months of a certificate term, you don’t need to get CE credits for that year.
IF I DO EXTRA HOURS THIS YEAR, CAN I CARRY THEM FORWARD TO THE NEXT YEAR?
Yes, you are able to carry forward up to 7.5 hours of CE credits from 1 term to the next.
WHAT COURSES QUALIFY FOR CE CREDITS IN ALBERTA?
You can browse and search a list of courses at the Alberta Insurance Council’s course look-up page.
If you’re wondering about how to get your Alberta CE credits, look no further. We also have a catalog of Alberta Insurance Council approved CE courses.
HOW DO I REPORT MY COMPLETE CE COURSES TO COUNCIL?
While you don’t need to send your certificates to Council, you need to enter all approved courses that you’ve taken into your profile (you can do this online). Alberta Insurance Council/Alberta Accreditation Committee approved CE courses are identified using their AIC course number.
You also need to keep a copy of your CE certificates for 3 years following the end of that certificate term. If you are randomly audited by Council, you would need to be able to produce them.
HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER I’VE SATISFIED MY CE REQUIREMENTS
You can log into your AIC account and check your CE Summary Report to make sure that you’ve completed the 15 CE hours of approved courses required to renew your license.
WHAT IF I DON’T GET ENOUGH CE CREDITS?
If you don’t complete all of your CE requirements by June 30th, you will not be able to renew your certificate (license) and it will automatically expire. You won’t be able to work as an agent or adjuster until you’ve completed your CE requirements and re-apply for your license.
There may also be consequences with licensing and fines if you fail to maintain your required CE credits.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
If you have any questions that weren’t answered here. Get in touch and I’ll be happy to help. I’ll also update this article from time to time.