BC General Insurance Licensing Education

Broker and Independent Adjuster Level 1 Licensing


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Level 1 Licensing Examination Update

The Insurance Institute of BC is now offering level 1 licensing examinations in an online format with virtual proctors. We look forward to returning to our normal licensing exam operations as soon as it is safe to do so. Unfortunately, we cannot offer any alternate exam arrangements 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. If your computer meets the requirements, submit your completed BC Level 1 Licensing Examination Confirmation and Consent Form to kcarmichael@insuranceinstitute.ca.
3. A member of the Institute team will contact you within 2 business days for payment of the proctor fee to complete exam registration.
4. Refer to our Virtual Proctoring – Steps for Success Candidate info sheet for exam booking instructions, and to prepare for your virtually proctored online exam.

For any questions, please contact Kaiti Carmichael 778-328-3456.

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Our licensing program provides the education required by the Insurance Council of BC to obtain either a Level 1 Salesperson Licence to sell Autoplan and Homeowner policies or a Level 1 Independent Adjuster Licence to process claims. The course material includes the Insurance Institute’s General Insurance Essentials (GIE) textbooks, but with a single exam for licensing purposes. 

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Next class: July 2020

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To schedule your Level 1 licensing exam or rewrite, please refer to the information above.

Licensing exams are based on the 2018 edition of the General Insurance Essentials C81 & C82 textbooks.

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The industry has a wonderful and inclusive story to tell, and offers variety, flexibility, above-average advancement and a real sense of community—and the Insurance Institute of BC is here to help you along the way.

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Education Pathways

Broker/Agent Level 1
Broker/Agent Level 2
Broker/Agent Level 3
Independent Adjuster Level 1
Independent Adjuster Level 2
Independent Adjuster Level 3

Exam Information:

The level 1 licensing exam is a closed-book, paper-based test and is two hours in duration. 70% is the minimum grade required to pass the exam. The exam consists of 100 multiple choice questions comprised of the following categories and sub-categories:

Industry Knowledge 39% of exam
• Career Proficiencies
• Ethics and Professionalism
• Insurance and Risk Concepts
• Insurance Contract 
• Risk Management

Automobile Insurance
26% of exam
• Policy coverages, conditions, and exclusions 
• Automobile Insurance Application
• Insurance and Risk Concepts
• Ratemaking

Habitational Insurance
25% of exam
• Endorsements
• Fire Statutory Conditions
• Insurance and Risk Concepts
• Liability
• Policy Coverage

Commercial Property and Liability Insurance
4% of exam
• Commercial Liability
• Commercial Property

6% of exam
• Claims