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Volume 2, No. 2 - March 2013

Education Central

- Things to know about your continuing education

Be Sure to Get Your CE Credit When You Earned It

Investing time to increase your education in your insurance profession will help you continue to be a qualified representative to the public. It may also help you meet continuing education requirements mandated by Florida Statutes.

If your purpose is solely to increase your knowledge, you're welcome to take any course offered. However, if you are also looking to meet your CE obligations, it is imperative that you are aware of the qualifications of CE credits.

Information on CE requirements and qualifications for CE credits can be found in Sections 626.2815 and 626.2816, Florida Statutes, and Rule Chapter 69B-228, Florida Administrative Code. The following will be helpful to keep in mind.

CE credits are only applied to your CE requirement when the course is:

  • Approved by the Department;
  • Taught by a Department-approved provider; and
  • Completed in its entirety by the student.

Education course providers must have or know the following:

  • You are a licensed agent or adjuster looking for CE credit;
  • A photo identification upon your arrival;
  • Your printed name and signature on the sign-in sheets (for all live courses);
  • Successful completion and submission of any required examination before your compliance date; and
  • Submission of any other provider-required information.

Course providers have 21 days to report to the state that you completed a course. If you did not receive credit for a course that qualifies per the Florida Statutes and Administrative Code, you may contact the Department after the 21-day period with the following information:

  • Date you completed the course;
  • Copy of your certificate of completion; and
  • A copy of the course outline.

These tips should help you make certain you take the right course and follow the right steps to receive CE credit. Any questions may be sent to Education@MyFloridaCFO.com.

How to Search for Approved CE Courses

Looking for continuing education (CE) courses to be sure you get all your hours completed? Our online course search can easily help you by listing those courses approved by the Department.

  1. Go to our website at www.MyFloridaCFO.com/Division/Agents.
  2. Click on MyProfile on the left panel and log in to your account.
  3. Once in your MyProfile inbox, click on Locate at the top left. Then click on Future Course Offerings.
  4. Select the Course Authority for the type of license held or course you need to take.
  5. You can also make other choices, like Study Method and Location, to narrow your search results.
  6. If you click on Perform an Advanced Search, you will have additional options to narrow your search results, such as Course Date and Course Level.

Because many factors may affect your continuing education requirement (e.g. licenses held, number of years licensed, etc.), we encourage you to periodically check your MyProfile account to determine your individual continuing education compliance requirements and status. You will also be able to find more approved CE courses after logging in to your MyProfile account versus the public search option, which limits the results to the first 100 course offerings.

We wish you success as you continue to complete your hours to keep your knowledge current in an ever-changing insurance market. And remember, your CE compliance date is your DUE date, not your DO date.

Subject Matter Experts Needed

Have you ever heard someone comment about the questions on the State of Florida license exams? Ever wondered who comes up with them?

Every year the Department and our state exam vendor conduct a thorough review of every question on each of our license examinations. These questions are reviewed to make sure that they are accurate, test entry level knowledge, and are clear in how they read.

Along with having members from the Department and our exam vendor, we rely on the perspective from Florida licensed agents and adjusters. These licensees serve as subject matter experts who attend online and in-person meetings to review examination questions.

The payoff includes participating in the process that qualifies future licensed insurance agents and adjusters as well as additional hours credited to your transcript to help meet your continuing education requirement.*

If you would like more information on participating as a subject matter expert in our annual exam review workshop this summer, please send an email to Education@MyFloridaCFO.com and include in the subject line: Question about Exam Review Workshop.

We hope to see you in Orlando this summer!

*Some expenses are reimbursable.

Applying to Be an Education Instructor

Applicants who wish to be approved as an independent instructor must submit a resume with their applications per Rule 69B-228.060(2)(c), F.A.C. Individuals may submit Certification of Instructor Forms or Application for Supervising Instructor Approval forms separate from any education provider with only the applying instructor's signature. If an individual submits a certification form, a resume must be attached.

Some applicants have experienced issues uploading a resume online. If you do, you will receive notification from the Department to email a resume to Education@MyFloridaCFO.com. Applicants must then email their resume or risk having the application closed out.