Applying for a Licence Based on Equivalency

Applicants who do not have the required education for their licence class can request that the Insurance Council consider granting a licence based on alternate education and experience that is equivalent to the licence qualifying education. These are reviewed on a case by case basis and may take longer to review. 

Please note, application fees will not be refunded if the application is declined.

Alternate Education

Applicants must provide:

  • Specific details showing how the alternate education provides the same level and depth of knowledge provided by the BC insurance licence application education requirements.

  • Supporting documentation on successful completion of the alternate education.

Alternate Experience

Applicants must provide:

  • Specific details of job duties

  • Details describing the scope of insurance products or adjusting.

How to Apply

  • Applicants must submit all detailed equivalency requests with a completed BC insurance licence application, including a criminal record check and applicable fees. See first-time licence applicant or former licensee re-application information.

  • Applicants can expect an initial response within 10-15 business days of the Insurance Council's receipt of the application. As each request is unique, we are unable to provide an estimated processing time.