Becoming an Auto Insurance Agent: Your How-to Guide

Are you ready to join the ranks of successful auto insurance agents across the country? If so, you've come to the right place. Read on to learn what it takes to become an auto insurance agent—and start a fulfilling career!

Formal Education

For the most part, companies tend to favor individuals who've earned a college degree from a four-year institution. And, while non-grads shouldn't be counted out, it's important to understand that this field views education as one of its foremost tenets.

Many universities and colleges are starting to offer insurance and related courses to their repertoires; some even offer a bachelor's program in insurance. If this is not true of your educational institution, hope is not lost! Many auto insurance professionals have backgrounds in the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Economics
  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Liberal Arts

Familiarity with computers and various types of software is also a growing area of interest amongst insurance companies to keep up with the technological changes in the industry.

Industry Qualifications

On top of a bachelor's degree, you will also be required to take and pass a licensure exam in the states in which you plan to sell auto insurance. And, because auto insurance falls into the property and casual line of insurance sales, your licensure will only apply to selling property and casual insurance polices—unless you seek additional licensure. The licensure exam consists of questions regarding insurance fundamentals and state insurance laws.

Many auto insurance agents take their education one step further by earning the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation. To earn this special insurance degree, candidates must pass 10 college-level courses, have a minimum of three years of experience in the insurance industry and abide by a strict code of ethics.

The CPCU distinction is sought by many auto insurance agents because such agents are nationally known for their experience, professionalism, and ethical standards. In fact, many companies offer incentives for agents wishing to earn CPCU distinction by paying for their courses.

Start Your Career Today!

Becoming an auto insurance agent can be an exciting and gratifying experience. Get started today by contacting your state's Department of Insurance for details on what it takes to earn your license!

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