Iowa State Requirements


Required Continuing Education Hours

Life and Health Producers

36 CE hours, including 3 hours of ethics, are required every 3 year license term (see license term below). Only 18 hours (50% of the total CE requirement) may be obtained through self-study. The remaining 18 hours must be completed in a classroom environment.

Annuity Training Requirement

Before selling, soliciting, or negotiating annuity products in Iowa, prodcuers must complete a one-time annuity training course approved for at least 4 hours. This requirement is separate from the current requirement for Indexed Insurance.

Indexed Insurance

All producers selling indexed life products must complete a one-time 4 credit-hour training course.

Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance

  • Initial 8-hour LTC training requirement: A one-time training course of at least 8 CE credits in subjects related to long-term care insurance must be completed prior to selling any long-term care insurance. This training course is required to be in a classroom setting.

  • Ongoing 4-hour LTC training requirement: Following the initial training, producers continuing to sell LTC insurance must complete ongoing training of 4 CE credits in subjects related to long-term care insurance every three-year CE term afterward.

Property and Casualty Producers

36 CE hours, including 3 hours of ethics, are required every 3 year license term (see license term below). Only 18 hours (50% of the total CE requirement) may be obtained through self-study. The remaining 18 hours must be completed in a classroom environment.

Flood Insurance

Resident insurance producers who sell federal flood insurance policies must complete a one-time 3-hour course approved for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Crop Insurance Producers

18 CE hours, including 3 hours of ethics, are required every 3 year license term (see license term below). Only 9 hours (50% of the total CE requirement) may be obtained through self-study. The remaining 9 hours must be completed in a classroom environment.

Roster Fees

A roster fee of $1.00 per CE hour is required to process course completion hours in Iowa and will be added to the order upon checkout.

Nonresident CE Requirements

If a nonresident producer’s home state does not have a CE requirement, the producer must comply with the Iowa CE requirement.

Annuity Training Requirement

Before selling, soliciting, or negotiating annuity products in Iowa, prodcuers must complete a one-time annuity training course approved for at least 4 hours. This requirement is separate from the current requirement for Indexed Insurance.

Indexed Insurance

All nonresident producers who wish to sell fixed index life products must complete an approved 4-hour training course.

Long-Term Care (LTC) Insurance

Nonresident producers who have completed an 8-hour NAIC LTCP course approved for use in any other licensed state have met the Iowa LTC training requirement. Nonresident producers that have not taken an approved LTCP course in another state must meet the training requirement by completing an Iowa approved course.

License Term

The license term is the last day of the licensee’s birth month every 3 years.
Licensees may track credits and verify expiration date at SBS Connect. Click here to access. There is no fee, but you must register to use this free service.

CE Subject Requirements

Category restrictions:
There are no restrictions; however it would be preferred to take courses for license type.

Course presentation:
Self study online or correspondence. Only 50 percent of credit hours may be obtained through self study.

Study requirements:
Students should read course material prior to completing final exam.

Final Exam Requirements

Exam proctor requirements:
Self-study final exams must be monitored by a disinterested third party who shall NOT serve for examinations of family members, relatives, or dependents; employers or supervisors; employees or subordinates; partners, joint ventures, or co-owners; or for anyone in whom the proctor or instructor has an economic or other interest in assuring the successful outcome of the examination.

Exam rules:
The final exam must be passed with a grade of 70 percent or higher to receive credit. Exams are closed book. Students have unlimited retakes.

CE Carryover Allowance

Excess CE hours may not be carried over to the next renewal.

Course Repetition Rules

A course may not be taken for credit more than once within a 3 year licensing term.

Certificate of Completion

AOIS provides online, printable certificates of completion in Iowa. Certificate of completion will be available to print online immediately after a final exam is passed. Producers must retain a copy of each certificate of completion in their files for 4 years.

CE Completion Reporting

Next-day Reporting - AOIS reports course completions to State Based Systems (SBS), the CE administrator, every business day.

License Renewal Process

A renewal notice will be sent via email (if available) by the state 60 days prior to the producer's expiration date. The notice will state whether the CE requirement has been met and state the renewal fee.

A producer is required to renew his or her license in a timely manner, regardless of whether a notice is received from the Insurance Division. *It is recommended that CE be completed at least 1 month in advance of license renewal. Click here to check your license status.

CE Exemptions

The following individuals are exempt from CE requirements:

  • A producer who is an attorney licensed to sell insurance. The producer/attorney must file a report showing proof of compliance with the continuing legal education requirement for the attorney's home state and pay the CE fee and the renewal fee.

  • Attorneys who do not have a CE requirement in their home states must comply with the Iowa insurance CE requirements.

  • A producer who is on extended active duty with the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • A nonresident producer who lives in a state where CE is required. These producers must file the renewal notice through the NIPR gateway. For details visit http://www.nipr.com.

  • A producer who is licensed for creditor surety. The producer must file the renewal report and pay the renewal fee.

Helpful Links

Look up license number

View your CE transcript

Renew your license online

Iowa DOI Web site

State-based Systems (SBS) Contact Information

SBS Web site
Phone: 816-783-8990
Email: serffhelp@naic.org

State Contact Information

Iowa Insurance Division
Phone: 515-281-7761
Fax: 515-281-3059
Email: Click here to e-mail the insurance division

Mailing Address:
Iowa Insurance Division
Department of Commerce
330 Maple St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0065




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