Insurance CE: Online vs. Traditional

Every agent must take a certain number of hours of insurance continuing education courses to maintain their license. For the most part, how you do it is up to you—and there are both online and traditional continuing education courses available. Here’s a look at the pros and cons of both types of courses.

Benefits of Online Education


It’s flexible. The big draw of online education is that it’s much easier for busy professionals to fit into their schedules. Instead of driving or taking public transportation to a class that may or may not fit perfectly into your daily schedule, you can sit down and study at home or in the office—whenever you have time. This is often why working insurance agents choose online rather than in-person continuing education.

It can be less expensive. Regardless of the price of the classes themselves, there can be costs associated with traditional forms of insurance education that aren’t required for online education. The cost of gas for your car or bus or train fare, for example; or the cost of childcare or missed work. With online education, none of these auxiliary costs are necessary.

You can work on your own. Some people work better in groups. But others work best on their own, in a quiet place, without the pressure of a classroom environment. If this is how you study, an online insurance continuing education course may be best for you. With the online format, you can control where you study.

Advantages of Traditional Education

It’s more social. With an in-person continuing education class, you’ll get the chance to meet and mingle with insurance producers and others in your industry—which could be good for your business. Many people don’t see insurance continuing education classes as opportunities to network, but they can be, depending on the class and the type of insurance you sell.

You get personal attention. For some people, working with an instructor is invaluable. Some insurance continuing education courses provide access to an instructor, but many don’t. If you feel you need one-on-one attention and in-person feedback to get the most out of a course, traditional insurance continuing education may be better for you than an online format.

You’re on a set schedule. For some, this is a drawback. But for others, a regular schedule helps keep them focused and moving forward with their studies. If it’s hard for you to schedule time or keep motivated on your own, then traditional insurance continuing education classes may be a better choice.

You don’t necessarily need to choose between online education and a more traditional classroom experience. If you’re not sure which will work best, try both—and see which one suits your learning style and schedule the best. With the right mix of online and traditional continuing education, you’ll be able to meet your licensing requirements easily—while developing your expertise in the insurance industry.

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