Dear Insurance Professionals,
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support. For over 15 years we have stayed in touch with our insurance partners by offering CE Courses while allowing agents to learn the landscape of the insurance industry. Since March 2020, we have had to pivot due to COVID-19 restrictions and have taken a different approach in how we relay this information to you. Our lead insurance instructor, Paul Pinchak shares some insights and challenges as it relates to our new virtual CE programs.
Continuing Education (CE) – remains the primary method of satisfying accreditation requirements through many professions. Everyone from doctors to lawyers to insurance agents are included and must take the necessary hours/course work in order to retain their license.
Retired since 2004, I have done my best to remain current on major issues impacting the Property and Casualty industry. This has proven to be a challenge. This column does not allow for a decade plus review of our industry and the multitude of changes that have taken place; however, I will address CE requirements as they apply to licensed P&C Agents.
It is important to understand that the 24 hour CE requirement every two years still applies . There are few, if any, live in-person classes while there are any number of online accredited courses that can be completed at work or at home. Another approach is to live stream through a Zoom type format. In order to have this accepted and accredited, the course and instructor must first be approved. Once the session is under way, validation by way of regular input/feedback by participants is necessary to ensure continuous involvement in the presentation. Also, the instructor must be available to the participants should they have any questions.
Save the date: March 23, 2021 – Homeowners Issues and Challenges – Course 132323: 3 Credits. For more information and registration details please contact Peter Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So far, I have done two Zoom classes. Being “old school” this has presented me challenges. No people in the chairs, no eye contact to see if the material is being understood, no spontaneous laughter, no immediate feedback. So, we all- myself included- must adapt. For 2021, we will do four more CE courses; one each quarter. Comfort levels will elevate for both myself and, most importantly, the agents who are kind enough to spend time with us and trust me to deliver quality and relevant material.
Stay tuned … I look forward to “seeing” you as the year unfolds.
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