Insurance sales professionals help give people financial security, preservation of dignity, and some serious peace of mind. It is an important role that truly changes people’s lives for the better, and it is a career that is on the rise. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment of Insurance Sales Agents to grow 10% over the next several years — much faster than the average for all occupations.
There are many different niches within the insurance sales industry. Property and casualty insurance is designed to help people protect their possessions and provide liability coverage in case of an accident. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, this may be the perfect path for you. Read on to learn how to earn your insurance sales license and become an insurance sales agent in Connecticut.
Insurance agents sell insurance policies to customers on behalf of insurance companies. They must be knowledgeable with the types of policies their agency sells, and help people determine the best insurance plan for their situation. In order to be successful in the insurance industry, you should have strong skills in the following areas:
1. Get Educated
In many states around the country, a high school diploma remains the bare minimum requirement for insurance sales agents, although more and more insurance brokers are looking for potential hires who have some postsecondary education under their belt. In Connecticut, you need to complete an approved line of prelicensing education before you can sit for the state licensing exam.
When you consider your options in pursuing an insurance sales program in CT, such as the new Insurance Sales Certificate program at Goodwin University, for example, you are investing in a bright future. You will also be learning as you go! In addition to preparing you for a fulfilling career in the growing insurance sales industry, the school’s partner agencies may offer you a paid apprenticeship during your time in the program. Many of these employers offer full-time employment to successful students upon completion of this program.
The courses offered in the Insurance Sales Certificate program include:
- Principles of Insurance
- Sales and Service I: The Fundamentals
- Insurance Software Management
- Personal Finance and Insurance
- Customer Relations in a Multicultural World
- Cooperative Work Assignment
2. Pass a Licensing Exam
Once you have completed your courses, you may register to take the state licensing exam. Licensing exams for those in CT are provided by Prometric. You can make your exam reservation online, by phone, fax, or mail.
There is an initial registration fee of $140. Every two years, insurance agents in CT must renew their license and pay at $160 fee.
3. Apply for Your License
Once you have completed – and passed – your state licensing exam, you may apply for your insurance sales license.
4. Find Your Firm
Now that you have completed your program, completed your required state exam, and earned your insurance sales license, you are ready to dive into your new career. But landing a job can be tricky. At Goodwin University, we offer additional assistance in this area. Our Career Services Team can help you find the career of your dreams. Some of the services we offer include:
- Resume/Cover letter writing
- Business Networking
- Interview Practice
The Career Services Team works tireless to find you the right role. This service is offered to Goodwin grads — for free — for life. Our job is not complete until you are in a job you love.
If you would like to learn more about the new Insurance Sales Certificate program at Goodwin University, call 1-800-889-3282 or visit us online at: goodwin.edu to request more information.
Goodwin University is a nonprofit institution of higher education and is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), formerly known as the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Goodwin University was founded in 1999, with the goal of serving a diverse student population with career-focused degree programs that lead to strong employment outcomes.