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In a previous consultation on the topic of continuing education, Insurance Council licensees voiced the need for more clarity around what qualifies for CE credit and who is considered an acceptable CE course provider.
At present, the onus is on licensees to assess the course content to ensure that the courses they are taking align with CE Guideline requirements. However given the variety in course content and delivery, interpretation of course eligibility can sometimes be challenging.
The proposed accreditation program is intended to make it easy for licensees to identify what courses can count towards their annual credit requirement.
The program’s intended participants are insurance continuing education course providers. This includes agencies, insurers, industry associations and commercial course providers.
What does the program involve?
Accreditation is available for individual courses and course providers.
To achieve accreditation, a course or course provider would be reviewed by an Accreditation Committee established by the Insurance Council to ensure they meet the criteria set out in the respective Accreditation Guidelines.
How will the application process work?
Applications would be reviewed by Accreditation Committees. There would be committees for Life Insurance and General Insurance/Adjusters respectively, comprising industry representatives from these licence classes.
Criteria for accreditation
The proposed accreditation program would allow anyone to submit individual courses for accreditation. The criteria for course accreditation are as follows:
Course meets the definition of technical content described in the CE Guidelines (also described in the Guidelines for Individual CE Course Accreditation and Guidelines for CE Course Provider Accreditation);
All accredited courses are valid for three years from the date of approval;
Mechanism for attendance tracking in place;
Documentation of participant course completion;
Process for regular course evaluation in place.
Course provider accreditation
To be eligible to be an ACP, a course provider must:
Offer a minimum of five industry courses at any given time that meet course content requirements outlined in the Continuing Education Guidelines; OR
Offer insurance designation programs or courses that lead to a recognized insurance designation.
Provide access to a current course for review as part of the application;
Complete a training course for ACPs within 30 days of application approval; and
Have a mechanism in place for regular evaluation of course content to monitor quality of materials, delivery of content and industry standards.
Courses/course providers would need to renew accreditation after three years.
If an accredited course undergoes major changes (e.g., content, credit amount, course length), it will need to be resubmitted for review
The Insurance Council will periodically monitor, review or audit course content and delivery.
A fee will be charged for accreditation, which would go towards the cost of accreditation review and program administration. Program fees will be structured on a cost recovery basis and will be comparable to similar programs from other provincial regulators (e.g., Alberta).
The CE Accreditation Program is based on two foundational documents, one for the accreditation of courses, and one for the accreditation of course providers:
Program Guidelines: Continuing Education Accreditation for Individual Courses
This document outlines the program elements and process for the accreditation of courses.
In these early consultations we heard that:
The accreditation process needs to be timely and able to accommodate a large volume of courses
The program should harmonize with other jurisdictions where possible
Accreditation renewal should occur at intervals that are not onerous for course providers
Eligibility criteria for course provider accreditation need to be clearly defined for applicants
Updates to the proposed program considered this feedback.
For questions about the proposed CE Accreditation Program, licensee continuing education requirements or stakeholder engagement please contact us.