CIC FAQs

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Who should attend CIC institutes?
How much time is involved in each institute?
How how many CIC Institutes are there?
How many CIC Institutes must I complete to earn the designation?
What is involved with the CIC Expansion?
If I have already taken the Commercial Casualty and/or Commercial Property Institute, can I take one or both of the newly revised Commercial Casualty or Commercial Property Institutes and have it count as one of the five needed to earn the CIC Designation?
Can I take institutes in other states, or only in the state I live in?
Can I earn CE credit? How many hours?
When and where are classroom courses conducted? Are CIC institutes available online?
How much do the institutes cost?
How can I enroll or obtain more information about CIC institutes?
How does the CIC Program compare to CPCU?
Are scholarships available?
What is the format of the exam and how long does it take to receive results?
Are there study materials that can be reviewed prior to the institute?
Do you have suggestions if I don't pass the exam?
If I fail an exam, do I have to wait before I can take it again? Is there a cost for retaking the examination?
How is the curriculum determined?
What is a conferment?
What is MyPage™?
What are my options for meeting the Society of CIC update requirements?

Who should attend CIC institutes?
The CIC Program is for agency and company personnel — owners, producers, agents, account managers, brokers, underwriters, solicitors, and marketing or claims personnel. They must be licensed or have at least two years of full-time experience in the insurance or risk management industry. Insurance faculty members teaching at least two years at an accredited college or university are also eligible.

How much time is involved in each institute?
Each institute is two-and-a-half days (or 20 hours) of instruction, followed by an optional 2-hour exam. Passing the exam is required to earn the designation.

How many CIC Institutes are there?
Currently, there are six. But the CIC program is expanding! in October 2017, a seventh institute, Insurance Company Operations, will be available in certain test markets. This new institute will be offered nationally during 2018.  

  • Commercial Property
  • Personal Lines
  • Agency Management
  • Life and Health
  • Commercial Multiline
  • Insurance Company Operations NEW October 2017!

How many CIC Institutes must I complete to earn the designation?
You can choose five CIC institutes or you can choose four CIC institutes plus one CPRM or CRM course—which gives everyone more choice! But you must pass all five exams to earn the designation.  

What is involved with the CIC Expansion?
A new commercially focused institute—Commercial Multiline—will become available nationwide in 2017, and will be offered in the CIC Online Classroom during 2018.

A seventh CIC institute, Insurance Company Operations, will be piloted during 2017 and offered on a national basis in 2018.

Visit https://www.scic.com/courses/CIC to learn more about the exciting, new CIC institutes.

If I have already taken the Commercial Casualty and/or Commercial Property Institute, can I take one or both of the newly revised Commercial Casualty or Commercial Property institutes and have it count as one of the five needed to earn the CIC designation?
No. To ensure that you earn a well-rounded designation, you must choose from the other options for designation attainment. If you are commercially focused, consider attending the CIC Commercial Multiline institute as one of your choices to earn your CIC designation!

Can I take institutes in other states, or only in the state I live in?
You may take the institutes in any state, but the Personal Lines curricula does vary in some states to include state-filing content. Please consult the institute agenda for specific details. 

Can I earn CE credit? How many hours?
Each institute is approved for continuing education credit in all CE states. CE credit is based on attendance, not on passing an exam. For state-specific information, please use the online CE guide.

When and where are classroom courses conducted? Are CIC institutes available online?
More than 300 institutes are conducted each year in major cities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Access Registrations/Schedules for dates and locations. CIC institutes are also offered in an instructor-led webinar based format. Click here to learn more.

How much do the institutes cost?
Registration fees vary from state to state. Check with the state association for specific information. The registration fee is $430 for institutes offered in the CIC Online Classroom.

How can I enroll or obtain more information about CIC institutes?
Click here to enroll online or call 800-633-2165.

How does the CIC Program compare to CPCU?
While the two designation programs are complementary, the CIC institutes focus on a practical application of insurance principles. CPCU offers a more theoretical approach.

Each of the classroom-based CIC institutes lasts two-and-a-half days. A two-hour, closed-book, proctored exam is given at the end of each institute. For online institutes, the exam is offered during the week following the end of the five-week, webinar-based institute. An annual CE requirement must be met to maintain the CIC designation.

CPCU has an optional continuing professional development program. CPCU is an eight-part, theory-based program. Depending on your location and choice, you can take the classes through self-study, online, or in a classroom setting. National exam windows are offered four times a year.

Are scholarships available?
Yes. To be eligible for a CIC institute scholarship, you must meet all the regular attendance requirements, plus be a first-time participant in the CIC Program, reside in the state in which you are applying, and have never received any other scholarship from The National Alliance. For more information, click on the CIC scholarships link located on this page.

What is the format of the exam and how long does it take to receive results?
Each CIC institute has an optional two-hour essay exam (passing the exam is required to earn the CIC designation). The Educational Consultant writes the exam during the institute to ensure that it reflects topics that were included in the notebook material and information that was discussed in class. Please reference the Preparing for CIC document for tips and sample questions. The exams have between 18–21 questions. Exam result notifications are posted to MyPage in MyDocuments within 4 to 6 weeks.

Are there study materials that can be reviewed prior to the institute?
We encourage the use of study materials such as Insurance Essentials; CISR courses, and/or the four-hour online William T. Hold Seminars (Preparing for CIC Homeowners or Personal Auto).

Do you have suggestions if I don’t pass the exam?
You can request an exam review within six months following the institute by visiting your MyPage. An Educational Consultant receives your request and reviews your exam personally. The National Alliance Team wants you to have the best possible outcome, so we encourage you to try again. Others have found it to be helpful to participate in class, ask questions for clarification during the presentations, review the Learning Objectives in the notebook, and ask for help from a mentor at your office.

If I fail an exam, do I have to wait before I can take it again? Is there a cost for retaking the examination?
To maintain the value of the CIC designation, the course materials must be understood sufficiently to pass the examination. A new registration for another institute is required. It is recommended that you attend the institute again to properly prepare and then take the examination for that institute.

How is the curriculum determined?
The curriculum advisory committee meets periodically to evaluate and update course content.

What is MyPage™?
Your important National Alliance professional education information is in one convenient place on MyPage, including a way to update your contact information, request or decline state CE, download CE certificates, and view your course history, exam results, and new program offerings. Click on the MyPage icon at the top (right-hand side) of the page.

What are my options for meeting the Society of CIC update requirement?

Full attendance at any of the following:

  • James K. Ruble Seminar (Dues payment required to attend)
  • Any Certified Risk Manager (CRM) course (classroom or online)
  • Any Certified Personal Risk Manager (CPRM) course
  • Any CIC institute (classroom or online)
  • Dynamics of Selling, Dynamics of Sales Management (Open to all, dues payment required to earn update credit)
  • Dynamics of Company/Agency Relationships Program (company personnel only) (Dues payment required to earn update credit)
  • Entrepreneurial Insurance Symposium (Open to all, dues payment required to earn update credit) 


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