Insurance Licensing in Manitoba

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Give yourself the best chance of success in your licensing exam.

The Insurance Institute is a trusted source of education for the p&c industry in Canada, and we want to ensure that new entrants to our industry are well-prepared.


Level 1 Licensing Examination Update

The Insurance Institute of Manitoba is now offering level 1 licensing examinations in an online format with virtual proctors. The main priority of the Institute is the health and safety of our students and members. We cannot accommodate in-person proctoring at this time.

Virtual proctoring involves the installation of software on a candidate’s laptop/computer and use of a webcam, among other requirements. The virtual proctor closely monitors candidate activity during the exam.

Online licensing exams are subject to an additional fee, per candidate, per attempt.

Technical requirements:
Virtual proctoring has certain technical requirements [PDF Download].
Students must have a computer with access to the internet and a webcam.
Please review the system requirements to assess if your computer meets the specifications.

Exam availability:
Online exam availability is limited, and time-slots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you are unsuccessful with your exam and need to rewrite, it may take longer than usual to secure a timeslot for a reattempt.
Please do not submit requests for specific dates/times, as the schedule of availability is only accessible by registered candidates.

Scheduling an Exam:
To register your online licensing exam, please follow these steps:

1. Review the technical requirements to determine whether your computer is able to meet the system specifications.
2. Email Sabrina Wang for booking support.

Visit the Virtually Proctored Computer-based Examinations page for further information on how the process works.

The Insurance Institute of Manitoba provides everything you need to get your Manitoba General Insurance level One Licence - including the study materials, course and the exam.

How do we help you get ready for licensing?

Watch our short video to find out.


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The cost of our course is competitive, and includes:

1. The materials designed to help you pass your exam:
• Course texts (General Insurance Essentials: Part 1, General Insurance Essentials: Part 2
• Online tutorial with practice quizzes, a discussion forum, resource links, and a glossary of key terms.

2. The exam itself, which you will sit through the Insurance Institute of Manitoba.
Please note that should you need to re-write your exam, there will be an additional fee charged.

3. Membership with the Insurance Institute of Manitoba for the remainder of the current membership year.
Membership provides you with access to our designations that are recognized by insurance industry employers, as well as local professional development and networking opportunities. As a member, you are making an investment in your career and the P&C insurance profession. Learn more about the benefits of membership.

What are the learning formats offered for this course?

Self-study kit – if you prefer independent study or if you need to be able to schedule studying to suit your busy professional and personal commitments, this format is perfect for you. Our course materials are presented as a self-directed learning kit to help you prepare for our licensing exam. Purchase our self-study kit.

After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:

• Demonstrate knowledge of the insurance industry and the regulation of insurance, including the role and benefit of insurance to society and the roles of brokers, insurers, reinsurers, underwriters, adjusters, regulators, and industry associations.  

• Distinguish insurance needs for a broad spectrum of personal and commercial customers and choose the most appropriate property, liability, and automobile insurance products, coverages, and policy structure, including applicable endorsements, to meet clients’ insurance needs.  

Who should take this course?

This course is right for you if you are new to the insurance industry. There are no prerequisites to register in the Insurance Institute of Manitoba's General Insurance Level One licensing course.

Credit towards the CIP program

Once you've passed your licensing exam and received your provincial license, you will be eligible for credit towards our highly-regarded Chartered Insurance Professional designation program. You'll get credit for C11: Principles and Practice of Insurance, the first course in the program - meaning you'll be one step closer to becoming a CIP. Learn more about this transfer credit.


1. Study and ensure you know the course material - please be aware that it is a self-directed course that requires you to learn at your own pace using the provided study materials and online resources. A tutor is available on the online tutorial to answer questions and/or concerns about course material. If you prefer extra learning support, please check with us for information about virtual course offerings.

2. Complete the practice quizzes on the online tutorial. If you successfully complete the quizzes and are confident in your mastery of the course material you are likely ready to write the general level one licensing exam.

3. Register for your exam with the Insurance Institute of Manitoba.

4. Once you've passed our licensing exam, submit the letter confirming your passing grade, together with your completed licence application to the Manitoba Insurance Council for approval.

5. Congratulations on becoming a General Level One Agent/Broker in Manitoba! If your goal is to maximize your potential in both your education and career, the Insurance Institute of Manitoba is here to assist you. Learn more.

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