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  Vol. 7 No. 2 March 2019

Central de Educación

Course Authority and What It Means to You

A course authority is an alpha numeric designation which broadly defines the subject of the course. Generally, the course authority will link to a specific license type. For example: A course authority of CE 2-15, would be courses designed for life, health and variable annuity agents licensed under type 2-15.

The following is a listing of some of the broader course authorities and the license types they're designed for:

CE 2-20 - Property and Casualty agents and Customer Representatives
CE 2-40 - Health agents
CE 2-14 - Life (including Variable Annuities)
CE 2-15 - Health and Life (including Variable Annuities)
CE 4-10 - Title agents
CE 2-34 - Bail Bond agents
CE 3-24a, b and c - All Lines adjusters
CE 3-20a, b and c - Public adjusters

The importance of the course authority becomes critical as it relates to the 5-hour Law and Ethics Update course. The "Update" course is license specific, as follows:

CE 5-220 - Property and Casualty agents and Customer Representatives
CE 5-240 - Health agents
CE 5-214 - Life (including Variable Annuities)
CE 5-215 - Health and Life (including Variable Annuities)
CE 5-237 - Bail Bond agents
CE 5-320 - Public adjusters
CE 5-620 - All Lines adjusters

A common question we receive related to courses other than the 5-hour Law and Ethics Update course is, "Can I get credit if I take this course?". With the exception of title agents and public adjusters (who must take courses specific to their license), credit will be given for any approved continuing education course. For example: An all lines adjuster would get credit for a course with a course authority of CE 2-20 etc.

In closing, a course authority allows you to generally determine the subject matter of a course and who it was designed for. This allows you to take subject matter which is of interest to you.

Are You Compliant with Your CE or Not?

To be CE compliant requires more than just taking CE courses. Below are a few suggestions for remaining CE compliant:CE shrug

CE requirements change. You should regularly review your CE status through your Mi Perfil account. Your total hours have specific allocation requirements that must be met. Be sure to take all the right categories of CE courses.

Check for late hours. Hours taken after your due date will still post on your compliance evaluation screen, but they will be noted as "Late". Though your hours requirement may have been met, late completion of your continuing education requirement will result in penalties.

Check prior evaluation periods. Always check previous compliance periods to make sure you are not delinquent for a prior period. Be sure to click on VIEW ENFORCEMENT NOTICE just below the Not Compliant text to check for any outstanding fines.

Check your transcript. The same course cannot be taken with the same provider within a two-year period and receive credit. This is noted on your transcript as a duplicate course. You will need to take a different course to meet your CE requirement.

We wish you success in completing your hours to remain knowledgeable in an ever-changing insurance market. And remember, your CE compliance date is your DUE date, not your DO date.

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 Mi Perfil 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 Mi Perfil account versus the public search option, which limits the results to the first 100 course offerings.

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