Certified Insurance Counselor

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Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) 

PIIAC is the exclusive Colorado provider of the Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation program. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors provides practical education for Insurance Professionals. The Society of CIC, a member of The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research, is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1969 that provides technical knowledge to all areas of the insurance industry. Currently, there are over 31,000 professionals who obtained their designation with more than 65,000 participants in the CIC Program.

Professionals with their CIC designation earn 30% more than their undesignated counterparts.

High-level, market-focused update and CE Credit.

Ability to customize your designation with expanded CIC curricula and the CRM and CPRM courses.

Questions about CIC?

The Certified Insurance Counselor designation program helps you in many ways. Learn about how to obtain your CIC, why its important, how to maintain your designation and much more.

Still have questions? Visit The National Alliance’s CIC Main Page for additional information.

How do I obtain the CIC designation?

To earn your CIC designation, you must take five CIC courses and pass a comprehensive exam which immediately follows each course. All courses must be completed within a five-year period. One of the CIC courses can be substituted with a CRM or CPRM course to complete the designation. 

How do I maintain the CIC designation?

After receiving the CIC designation, you must attend one course annually.

  • CIC course
  • CRM course
  • CPRM course
  • James K. Ruble Seminar*
  • PROFocus Series Seminar*
  • MEGA Seminar*
  • Entrepreneurial Insurance Symposium*
  • Dynamics of Selling*
  • Dynamics of Sales Management*
  • Dynamics of Company/Agency Relations*

*Must pay dues to The National Alliance to attend

What course topic options are available with the CIC designation?

There are seven course topics available with the CIC designation. 

  • Agency Management
  • Commercial Casualty
  • Commercial Property
  • Commercial Multiline
  • Insurance Company Operations​​
  • Life and Health
  • ​Personal Lines​
Are continuing education hours available when taking the courses to obtain the CIC designation?

Yes, all the CIC courses are approved for state continuing education in all states. Colorado specific CE hours are listed below. 

  • Agency Management 
    • 13 CE Hours for Property & Casualty/Life & Health 
    • 3 CE Hours for Ethics
  • Commercial Casualty 
    • 16 CE Hours for Property & Casualty
  • Commercial Property 
    • 16 CE Hours for Property & Casualty
  • Commercial Multiline
    • 16 CE Hours for Property & Casualty
  • Insurance Company Operations 
    • 16 CE Hours for Property & Casualty
  • Life and Health 
    • 16 CE Hours for Life & Health
  • Personal Lines 
    • 12 CE Hours for Property & Casualty
    • 4 CE Hours for Homeowners 

For details on CE for other states, call PIIAC – (303) 512-0627 or The National Alliance – 1 (800) 633-2165.​

What does a typical class schedule look like?

All programs in CO will follow the following schedule:

Day 1:

Registration 7:30am

Class 8am – 5:15pm

Exam Briefing 5:15pm – 5:30pm

Day 2: 

Class 8am – 5pm

Day 3:

Exam 8am – 10am

Can I take the CIC online?

Yes, all CIC courses are available online. The best way to take CIC classes online is through a National Alliance Subscription Membership. Click here to learn more about the subscription options.

Are there any policies I need to be aware of?

To see if your class has any electronic device restrictions, click HERE.