Ohio Insurance Continuing Education State Requirements
On this page, you will find all of the state-specific information for Insurance CE in the state of Ohio.
Ohio Department of Insurance
Annuity Best Interest Training Requirement
A producer who engages in the sale of annuity products must complete a one-time, 4-credit training course approved by the Department of Insurance and provided by the Department of Insurance-approved education provider. Producers may not engage in the sale of annuities until the annuity training requirement has been completed.
A producer who has completed a 4-credit annuity suitability training course approved by the Department of Insurance prior to 02/14/2021 must, within 6 months after 02/14/2021, complete either:
- a new 4-credit annuity best interest training course approved by the Department of Insurance after 02/14/2021; or
- an additional one-time, 1-credit annuity best interest training course approved by the Department of Insurance and provided by a Department of Insurance-approved education provider on appropriate sales practices and replacement and disclosure requirements.
Long-Term Care Training
Producers selling LTC must complete an 8-hour LTC training program prior to selling and a 4-hour LTC course biennially thereafter.
All Other State Requirements
Ohio resident licensees must complete a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education credit, including at least three hours of approved ethics training, every two years.
All Ohio resident insurance agents licensed in property, casualty or personal lines who may sell a flood insurance policy are required to complete a one-time course related to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This course will provide at least three (3) hours of continuing education credit and may be applied to the normal twenty (20) hours requirement. They will be required to complete this education course during the first compliance period.
Title producers need 10 hours biennially and Surety Bail producers need 14 credit hours biennially.
This state has issued a notice reminding licensees who sell flood insurance of their requirement to comply with the minimum training requirements established by FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.
Non-resident producers who have met the requirements of their home state are exempt from the Ohio CE requirements.
Course repetition is not permitted within the compliance/renewal period.
No certification exam is required.
Renewal periods for all agents shall be the last day of their birth month every two years. All CE credits must be completed prior to license renewal.
On February 1, 2016, the Ohio Department of Insurance amended the Agent Continuing Education (CE) rule (3901-5-01) to allow agents who completed more than the required number of 24 credit hours to apply those extra credits to the next renewal period. Resident agents who hold a Major Lines License may carryover up to 12 credits during each renewal period. All carryover credits are applied as "General" credits and therefore agents will continue to need to meet specific "Ethic" or other line of business requirements.
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State Reporting Fees
The Ohio Department of Insurance requires a course reporting fee of $1.00 per credit hour (online, self-study and classroom courses). This state reporting fee will be automatically charged to you (on the last credit card used in your account) each time you complete an online, self-study, or classroom course.
Instructors for approved CE courses may receive CE credit for instructing courses. Credit may be given in an amount equal to two times the number of hours actually spent instructing a course. Credit will be given only once per course per compliance period.
There are no CE exemptions for agents who hold an active insurance license. If a company requires a retired agent to hold an active license to receive renewal commissions, then that agent must maintain their CE. If an agent is not soliciting, selling, or negotiating insurance, and they are not required to hold an active insurance license, they may request to have their license inactivated for a period of no less than 24 months. Inactive agents are not required to complete CE.
Acceptable Training Methods
- Correspondence (Print)
- Company Seminars
- CBT/CD-ROM (Computer-Based Training)
- Online (Internet Delivery)
- Classroom Equivalent
This information is based on state laws and regulations and is subject to change. Kaplan Financial Education makes every effort to make sure this information is current and accurate, however, Kaplan Financial Education is not engaged in rendering legal or professional advice and shall not be held responsible for inaccuracies contained herein.
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