Continuing education (CE) requirements
Before you can renew or reinstate a license, each resident individual producer with life, disability, property, casualty or personal lines must complete a total of 24 credit hours of CE. Three of those hours must be ethics credits.
Signing up for CE courses
Our list of CE providers includes all providers approved to offer continuing education courses for Washington state producers. It is current as of January 2015 and is updated twice a year.
Contact the provider(s) to verify which courses they currently offer. Tip: Search the Internet using "Washington state insurance continuing education" and use our list to verify the provider in your search results is approved to offer CE courses in Washington state.
You can also check our list of CE providers with online courses.
CE compliance tips
- You may take any approved insurance continuing education course.
- You may take an eligible insurance designation course.
- You don't have to take courses with subject matter that matches the lines of authority on your license.
- Waivers can be issued for military-activation or medical reasons.
- If you have a question about a waiver, email our education analyst.
CE requirements if Washington state is not your home state
- Non-residents do not have to meet our CE requirements to renew their Washington state license. However, there are some education requirements for transacting long-term care insurance business.
- There are also requirements for flood insurance education and annuity suitabilities training, but you may have met these education requirements in your home state.
CE courses and credits
How do I know my CE courses are valid?
- You took them from an approved provider. "Approved" means a provider has been granted authority by our office to offer insurance courses with CE credit.
- You are not repeating a course you completed in the preceding three-year period. (Many courses have similar titles, so make sure you're not repeating the same course number.)
- You completed your courses during your current renewal cycle (between your last expiration date and current expiration date).
How long are my CE credits good for?
- A certificate of completion is valid for 24 months from the date of completion. Course credit may only be applied toward renewal if completed within the current renewal cycle (between your last expiration date and current expiration date).
- For reinstatement, courses must be completed within the 24 months prior to your application for reinstatement.
- Excess credits cannot be carried over from one renewal cycle to the next.
After finishing your CE course(s)
When you successfully complete an approved course, the course provider will issue you a certificate of completion and report your CE credits to us (within 10 days of course completion).
We recommend that you retain each certificate of completion for your own files a minimum of three years from the date the course is used for renewing your license.
How do I know which of my CE courses have been reported?
Log in to your online account and select the "Individual Education History" menu option. This will provide you with a PDF document charting your CE history.