Individual General Insurance Licence

General insurance salesperson level 1 licence, agent level 2 or level 3 licence, sole-proprietor licence, and trainee registration qualifications and application information for first-time or returning individuals applying for an insurance licence in British Columbia.

Section 168 of the Act defines an insurance agent as: "a person, other than an insurance company or an extraprovincial insurance corporation, who solicits, obtains or takes an application for insurance, or negotiates for or procures insurance, or signs or delivers a policy, or collects or receives a premium."

Section 168 of the Act also defines an insurance salesperson as: "an individual who is employed by an insurance agent or by an insurer to solicit, obtain or take an application for general insurance, or to negotiate for or procure general insurance, or to collect or receive a premium for general insurance."

All individuals, including non-residents, whose applications are received by Council on or after March 1, 2019, must complete the Council Rules Course to qualify for licensure with Council, except those that qualify for licensure under Reactivation Provision in Council Rule 2(19). Please refer to Council Notice ICN 18-003 Revision of the Council Rules Course Requirement.
 

General Insurance Salesperson Level 1 Licence

Licence requirements, prerequisites and apply for a general insurance salesperson level 1 licence:

A general insurance salesperson level 1 licence is an entry-level licence that:

  • Requires the licensee be under direct supervision.
  • Restricts where the licensee can work.
  • Prohibits the licensee from signing contracts of insurance.
  • Requires the licensee to meet education prerequisites.

Additional requirements effective January 1, 2017 (review Council Notice ICN 16-006 for more details):

  • Salesperson level 1 licensees who engage in the sale of automobile insurance outside the agency are required to first have additional training, education, and experience; and
  • At least 60% of a salesperson licensee’s annual income from his or her employment at an insurance agency, must be comprised of a salary.

Successful completion of ONE of the four education options listed below. Results (including from courses granted under equivalency*) remain valid up to one year from successful course or exam completion date, after which the applicant is required to retake the course or exam.

Please note, Council does not have any information about the course details, including costs, delivery methods, or scheduling:

*Equivalency: Level 1 General Insurance Licensing Program — ILS Learning Corporation (ILScorp), to qualify for a general insurance salesperson level 1 licence. Council also accepts this program as part of the education prerequisites towards a general insurance agent level 2 or level 3 licence.

 

  • Complete the application yourself, following the instructions in the application package. 
  • Answer all questions and attach all required documents, including the application fee, before submitting your application to Council, as incomplete applications may take longer to process.
  • If your application has been pending for more than our displayed processing times, please feel free to contact Council's Licensing Department.

View and download the General Insurance Salesperson Level I Licence Application  
View and download the General Insurance Salesperson Level I Licence Fee Schedule
View and download the Continuing Education Reapplication Supplement (if applicable)

General Insurance Agent Level 2 Licence

Licence requirements, education prerequisites and apply for a general insurance agent level 2 licence:

A general insurance agent level 2 licensee:
  • Can work without supervision.
  • Is not restricted to conducting insurance activities at the agency.
  • Can sign contracts of insurance.
  • Must be authorized to represent a licensed general insurance agency.
  • Must have met the educational prerequisites.

Successful completion of ONE of the four education options listed below. Results (including from courses granted under equivalency*) remain valid up to one year from successful course or exam completion date, after which the applicant is required to retake the course or exam.

Please note, Council does not have any information about the course details, including costs, delivery methods, or scheduling:

*Equivalency: Level 1 General Insurance Licensing Program — ILS Learning Corporation (ILScorp), as part of the education prerequisites towards a general insurance salesperson level 1 licence, or a general insurance agent level 2 or level 3 licence.

 

  • Complete the application yourself, following the instructions in the application package. 
  • Answer all questions and attach all required documents, including the application fee, before submitting your application to Council, as incomplete applications may take longer to process.
  • If your application has been pending for more than our displayed processing times, please feel free to contact Council's Licensing Department.

View and download the General Insurance Agent Level 2 Licence Application
View and download the General Insurance Agent Level 2 Licence Fee Schedule
View and download the Continuing Education Reapplication Supplement (if applicable)

General Insurance Agent Level 3 Licence

Licence requirements, education prerequisites and apply for a general insurance agent level 3 licence:

A general insurance agent level 3 licensee is in a supervisory or management position and must have a higher level of education and experience than a level 2 licensee. Applicants must:
  • Have been licensed for 5 of the last 7 years.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years as a level 2 general insurance agent.
  • Must have met the educational prerequisites.

Successful completion of Council’s mandatory Level 3 Seminar, AND ONE of the four additional education options listed below.

Results (including from courses granted under equivalency*) remain valid up to one year from successful course or exam completion date, after which the applicant is required to retake the course or exam.

Please note, Council does not have any information about the course details, including costs, delivery methods, or scheduling:

AND one of:

*Equivalency: Level 1 General Insurance Licensing Program — ILS Learning Corporation (ILScorp), as part of the education prerequisites towards a general insurance salesperson level 1 licence, or a general insurance agent level 2 or level 3 licence.

 

  • Complete the application yourself, along with the agent level 3 application supplement, following the instructions in the application package. 
  • Answer all questions and attach all required documents, including the application fee, before submitting your application to Council, as incomplete applications may take longer to process.
  • If your application has been pending for more than our displayed processing times, please feel free to contact Council's Licensing Department.
View and download the General Insurance Agent Level 3 Licence Application
View and download the General Insurance Agent Level 3 Application Supplement
View and download the General Insurance Agent Level 3 Licence Fee Schedule
View and download the Continuing Education Reapplication Supplement (if applicable)
 

General Insurance Sole-Proprietor Licence

Get a general insurance sole-proprietor licence if you are an individual wishing to act as an agency, without forming a corporation or partnership.  Licence requirements and apply for a sole-proprietor licence:

A general insurance sole-proprietor licence is subject to the same standard licence conditions as individual, corporate and partnership licences. An individual sole-proprietor must:
  • Complete the application yourself, following the instructions in the application package. 
  • Answer all questions and attach all required documents, including the application fee, before submitting your application to Council, as incomplete applications may take longer to process.
  • If your application has been pending for more than our displayed processing times, please feel free to contact Council's Licensing Department.
View and download the General Insurance Agent Sole-Proprietor Application 
View and download the General Insurance Agent Sole-Proprietor Licence Fee Schedule
View and download the Continuing Education Reapplication Supplement (if applicable)
 

General Insurance Trainee Registration

See licence requirements, education prerequisites and apply for a general insurance trainee registration:

General Insurance Trainee Registration: Requirements

General insurance trainee registration is granted to new applicants as a one-time, temporary exemption from licensing, and applicants:
  • Must never have previously held a general insurance salesperson or agent licence.
  • May only conduct ICBC transactions.
  • Must be under the direct supervision of a licensee who initials or signs all transactions.
  • Must not conduct any form of insurance activities outside the premises of the employer under any circumstances.
  • May only hold a trainee registration for a total of six months.
  • Must have met the educational prerequisites. 

Successful completion of the course below. Results remain valid up to one year from successful course or exam completion date, after which the applicant is required to retake the course or exam.

Please note, Council does not have any information about the course details, including costs, delivery methods, or scheduling:

 

  • Complete the application yourself, following the instructions in the application package. 
  • Answer all questions and attach all required documents before submitting your application to Council, as incomplete applications may take longer to process.
  • If your application has been pending for more than our displayed processing times, please feel free to contact Council's Licensing Department.
View and download the General Insurance Trainee Registration (no fee required)

Motor Vehicle Dealership Sales Staff Licence

Apply for a motor vehicle dealership sales staff licence:

  • Complete the application yourself, following the instructions in the application package. 
  • Answer all questions and attach all required documents before submitting your application to Council, as incomplete applications may take longer to process.
  • If your application has been pending for more than our displayed processing times, please feel free to contact Council's Licensing Department.

View and download the Motor Vehicle Dealership Sales Staff Application

View and download the Motor Vehicle Dealership Sales Staff Licence Fee Schedule