New York Insurance Continuing Education
We are an approved NYS Department of Financial Services education provider (Provider ID# NYPO-103305).
You're busy running a business, so you need to make the most of your time. Why not complete your continuing education online? At Your Pace Online offers easily accessible and high-quality courses to meet your CE needs. Our Insurance Producer courses are approved by the state of New York, and when you're finished with your courses, we'll report your credits to them - for free.
NY 15 HR L&H Review
This continuing education course will provide an insurance producer with 15 hours of training on life and health insurance. It also covers the newly added topics per the 2022 CE requirement change.
This course explores several topics including annuities, qualified retirement plans, medical plans, group health insurance, long-term care insurance, insurance law, ethics and professionalism, as well as diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias.
NY 15 HR P&C Review
Insurance producers who are looking to renew their producer license will find 15 hours of continuing education content on property and casualty insurance in this course.
This course discusses ethics, property and casualty insurance, specialty lines of insurance, as well as covers four new topics per the 2022 continuing education requirement change.
NY 3 HR Law, Ethics, Diversity, Inclusion, & Elimination of Bias Course
Insurance producers in New York can meet the new core continuing education requirements for license renewal with this 3-hour course.
This course will cover the three new requirements mandated by the state:
- Insurance law
- Ethics and professionalism
- Diversity, inclusion, and elimination of bias
NY 3 HR Enhanced Flood Insurance
Licensees who sell flood insurance through the NFIP must take this standalone course as part of their continuing education for license renewal.
Note: According to the 2022 CE change, bridge courses for Life & Health and Property & Casualty will no longer satisfy this requirement.
New York Insurance Continuing Education Requirements
All insurance licensees in New York, including producers and public adjusters, must complete 15 hours of continuing education (CE) during each two-year period of active licensure. If you hold both a life/health and a property/casualty license, you must complete 30 hours of CE, including 15 hours in each license area.
You may take any course that the state has approved as CE for your line category. Courses categorized as 'bridge' may satisfy both life/health and property/casualty lines. Taking a 15-hour bridge course satisfies the full CE requirement for the renewal period.
Only courses completed through approved Provider Organizations may count toward CE. You may take any course approved for your insurance line.
CE requirements have changed for licensees who renew their license on or after April 1, 2022.
A number of specific course topics are now required, and include:
(1) at least 1 hour of Insurance Law instruction;
(2) at least 1 hour of Ethics and Professionalism instruction;
(3) at least 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias instruction;
(4) at least 1 hour of Flood Insurance instruction, if the licensee is licensed to sell one or more lines of property/casualty insurance; and
(5) at least 3 hours of Enhanced Flood Insurance instruction, if the licensee sells flood insurance through the NFIP.
Approved course formats include:
- Online delivery
- Company seminar
- Computer-based training
- Print correspondence
Rules for Non-Residents
Non-resident producers are exempt from New York's general CE requirements if their home state has a CE requirement.
If you're a non-resident looking to claim this exemption, you must remain in good standing with your home state. If your home state does not have a CE requirement, you must comply with New York's requirements.
If you are a non-resident looking to sell long-term care partnership (LTCP) insurance, you must fulfill New York's LTCP CE requirements regardless of your home state requirements. More information about those requirements is below.
Carryover of Excess CE
If you are renewing your insurance license, CE hours above the minimum 15 or 30 hours may not carry over into the next two-year term.
If you are applying for re-licensing, you may include credits that you completed in the previous renewal period as well as the period leading up to your re-license application.
Insurance License Term Renewal Requirements
The license term for insurance producers in New York is two years. Your activation and expiration dates are based on your date of birth and whether you were born in an odd-numbered or even-numbered year.
If you were born in an odd-numbered year, your license will expire on your birth date in each odd-numbered year. Likewise, if you were born in an even-numbered year, your license will expire on your birth date in even-numbered years. Your license will show your effective and expiration dates.
Public Adjusters are the exception to this guideline. The license for public adjusters ends on December 31 on every even-numbered year.
You must renew your license before its expiration date for the license to remain active. You do not need to complete CE credits during the two-year period between your initial certification and your first renewal. After that first renewal, you must complete your full 15 or 30 hours of CE before you apply for each subsequent renewal.
Rules for Taking the Exam
To receive credit for a CE course, you must complete a final exam with a score of 70% or higher. You may take the exam an unlimited number of times until you pass.
All online certification exams are closed book. You may not access course materials or any supplemental information while you are taking the exam.
Rules for Repeating a Course
If you complete a course for CE credit in New York, you may not use that same course for CE again in the future.
You must report your CE hours within 30 days of when you complete the course. Submission must include your full license number.
If you receive a certificate of completion from your course provider, you must retain that original certificate for future reference.
Insurance CE Requirement Exemptions
Licensees who are called to active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces during the term of their license are exempt from CE requirements during that term.
There is no CE requirement for renewing Independent Adjuster, Reinsurance Intermediary, Mortgage Guarantee, or Bail Bond licenses.
Annuity and Life Insurance Requirements
Producers selling annuities and life insurance in New York must complete suitability and consumer Best Interest training, in keeping with changes to Insurance Regulation 187. This regulation is an amendment to Part 224 of Title 11 of the New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations.
A 2019 modification to Regulation 187 adds a Best Interests component to tighten standards on how insurance producers recommend annuities to customers. The modification also brings life insurance products under the umbrella of the same regulation.
The modification instituted this one-time training requirement with a deadline of August 1, 2019, for annuities producers and February 1, 2020, for life insurance producers. You must complete this training if both of the following apply:
- You have not completed the mandatory training
- You intend to sell annuities and/or life insurance starting before or during your next license term
This is a one-time requirement for producers who have not yet recommended the Best Interest training for these insurance lines.
Long-Term Care Training
To qualify to sell New York State Long-Term Care Partnership (LTCP) insurance, producers must complete a one-time six-hour training course. Only this specific course, offered through the New York Department of Financial Services, can qualify a producer to sell LTCP insurance in the state of New York.
Licensees are required to complete three hours of line-specific training before selling flood insurance under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Training programs must be in compliance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards and offered through an Approved Provider Organization.
Flood training is a one-time requirement set by FEMA and the NFIP. Producers who complete this training will earn CE credits for the year in which the training takes place.