If you're involved in the insurance industry and you're licensed in New York, you might already be familiar with New York insurance continuing education classes. If you aren't familiar with these classes — such as if you are new to the insurance industry or if you have just moved and gotten licensed in New York — then you should familiarize yourself with the requirements and the ins and outs of these continuing education classes. These are some of the things that you should know about these continuing education courses.
You Probably Have to Take Them
First of all, if you don't think that you have to take continuing education classes, you should know that this is probably not true if you are licensed to work in the insurance industry in New York. Typically, these continuing education courses are required every couple of years if you are a broker, adjuster, producer, consultant, or someone else who is involved in the insurance industry.
You May Have to Take Extra Hours
If you have more than one type of insurance license, you might think that your continuing education classes for one license can actually work for both licenses. However, you will typically be required to take classes for both types of licenses. If you want to make sure that you keep both of your insurance licenses, then you should find out about this and make sure that you take the necessary classes.
You'll Need to Find a New York-Approved Program
Of course, you should know that you can't just take any online insurance continuing education classes. Instead, you will need to make sure that the continuing education classes are approved by the state of New York. Otherwise, even though you might learn something in the classes that you take, you will still have to take more continuing education classes that are, in fact, approved by the state of New York.
It's Important to Start Early
You probably will not want to wait until the last minute to take your continuing education classes. Classes can sometimes fill up fast, for one thing, so you'll want to get in early to make sure that you get a spot. Additionally, if you aren't able to complete the classes for some reason or another, you'll feel better if you have more time so that you can take the classes again without having to worry about your insurance licenses lapsing.