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Insurance Agent

Insurance agents assess people's financial needs and advise them on how to protect themselves against financial loss. They may represent insurance companies directly or as independent representatives, and sell life, property, casualty, automobile or health insurance policies to individuals, businesses or public institutions.

Contact

Alberta Insurance Council
500, 222 - 58 Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta  T2H 2S3
Phone number: 403-233-2929
Fax number: 403-233-2990
Website: www.abcouncil.ab.ca

Alberta Insurance Council
Suite 600 Bell Tower                                                                                                                 10104 - 103 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 0H8
Phone number: 780-421-4148
Fax number: 780-425-5745
Website: www.abcouncil.ab.ca

Legislation

Under Alberta's Insurance Act and Insurance Agents and Adjusters Regulation, you must be licensed by the Alberta Insurance Council (AIC) to sell insurance in Alberta.

What You Need

General insurance agents must: (1) pass a Level 1 examination and, within 36 months, pass a Level 2 examination, (2) submit a security clearance document, and (3) be recommended by an authorized person. Life insurance agents and accident and sickness insurance agents must: (1) pass an examination, (2) submit a security clearance document, and (3) be recommended by an authorized person. All certificate holders must carry Errors and Omissions Insurance. For official, detailed information about licensing requirements, visit the AIC website or contact the Alberta Insurance Council.

Working in Alberta

Insurance agents who are licensed by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for licensing in Alberta if licensed agents in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

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