Registering for the OTL Exam


Before applying for your general insurance agent licence in Ontario, you must successfully pass a qualifying exam known as the ‘Other Than Life (OTL) Agent’s Exam’. 

Passing the ‘Other Than Life’ (OTL) Agent’s Exam is just one of the requirements needed to receive the Agents Licence. Applicants must be sponsored by a licensed insurer, among other requirements. For more information on the requirements to become a general insurance agent in Ontario, please visit http://www.fsrao.ca.

Insurance agents who hold a general licence from another Canadian province or territory can apply for the same licence in Ontario without writing the full Other Than Life (OTL) Agent’s Exam. Out of province candidates will instead need to successfully pass the Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Examination. More information on this exam is available below.

Given the current global health crisis, the Insurance Institute of Ontario is currently offering virtually proctored OTL exams.

NEW! Candidates looking to write the Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Examination can now register online for their exam for January 2022 dates and onward. Continue reading for more information on virtual proctoring and how to register for this exam.

Do I need to write the OTL Agent's Exam?

Am I eligible to write the Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Examination?

Insurance agents who hold a general licence from another Canadian province or territory can apply for the same licence in Ontario without completing the full education program required for new Ontario applicants. You would still need to complete the Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Exam.

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA) regulates and licenses all insurance agents in Ontario. Please visit the FSRA website to determine whether you are eligible to write this exam prior to registering.

How can I prepare for the OTL Agent's Exam?

What is the virtual exam experience like?

When can I write my exam?

You should schedule your virtually proctored exam immediately after registration. Exam sittings start at various times during the day, 7 days a week, subject to proctor availability. The booking time is a 24-hour clock, so ensure you select the correct time you intend to write at. For instance, if you want to write at 2 pm, select 1400 hrs. Seats are booked on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will be able to book an exam date and time within the following exam windows, subject to proctor availability: 
January 4 - 28, 2022
February 7 - 28, 2022 
March 7 - 28, 2022 

What if I require special accommodations for my OTL Agent's Exam or Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Examination?

What can I expect during the OTL Agent’s exam?

I've written my OTL Agent's Exam, now what?

I’ve written my Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Examination, now what?

An exam grade will be generated within 2 business days of your exam.

If you are successful in your exam attempt:
The Institute will share your passing grade with FSRA so you can proceed with the steps necessary to receive your agent licence. The Institute does not participate in the OTL Agent licensing process beyond the exam.

If you are unsuccessful:
If it is your first attempt, you can register again for another examination. If it is your second attempt, you must wait 8 months until you can re-attempt the exam. If you are eligible to re-write, register for the re-write using the same process as the first exam.

I still have questions.

 

Proceed to Exam Registration


Register for your OTL Agent’s Exam

Licensing candidates must abide by the RIBO rewrite policy. Additional attempts will be considered void and a refund will not be provided. The Institute administers the RIBO exams on behalf of RIBO, in compliance with the Institute’s Licensing Exam Policies and RIBO Exam Policies.

Our registration process has changed. Please review the following steps very carefully:

1. If you do not have one already, sign up for an Institute member ID. Write down this number as you will need it to complete the registration process.

2. Review and abide by the OTL Agent/Level 1 Examinations Rules and Regulations.

3. Review the Examination Policies and system requirements on our virtual proctoring page and determine whether you will be able to meet these specifications on your company issue or personal computer.

4. When you have completed the above 3 steps, complete the virtual registration linked below to review your personal details and process your payment, which is $225 + HST per attempt.

5. Once registration is complete and payment has been processed, you will receive an email with booking instructions to select your preferred exam date and time.


I've reviewed the instructions! Proceed to virtual registration

Register for Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Exam

Register for your Ontario Agent Auto Equivalency Examination


You may attempt this exam no more than two times in an 8-month period. If you are not successful in the second attempt, you must wait 8 months before writing this exam again. Any additional attempts within this period will be considered void and a refund will not be provided.

Please review the following steps very carefully:


1. If you do not have one already, sign up for an Institute member ID. Write down this number as you will need it to complete the registration process.

2. Review and abide by the OTL Agent/Level 1 Examinations Rules and Regulations.

3. Review the Examination Policies and system requirements on our virtual proctoring page and determine whether you will be able to meet these specifications on your company issue or personal computer.

4. When you have completed the above 3 steps, complete the virtual registration linked below to review your personal details and process your payment, which is $250 + HST per attempt.

I've reviewed the instructions! Proceed to virtual registration