I just read with great delight that my insurance colleague, Ryan Hanley, achieved his CIC designation (Certified Insurance Counselor). What an accomplishment- many congrats to you!
I received my designation in 2003, and let me tell you, it’s far from easy. At that time, the program consisted of Five 2 ½ day classes, with a comprehensive exam at the end of each. The classes are Agency Management, Life and Health, Commercial Property, Commercial Casualty and Personal Lines. You can visit the Society of CIC’s website for more information about the program. Some of this may have changed since I did it, but the idea is still the same. Nonetheless:
I. Busted. My. Ass.
And even with that, I still failed one class and had to retake it- Commercial Casualty. That was brutal. Have no doubt, I worked extra hard to pass it the second time 🙂
And this designation came at a significant cost- My classes averaged $400 a pop, plus 3 nights at a hotel and meals (and I didn’t get to retake the Casualty class for free). Not to mention time spent away from the office.
So why did I do it? Simple.
I wanted to be the absolute best I could be in my profession. I wanted to perfect my craft. I wanted to gain as much knowledge as possible, stay current and most important, hold myself to a higher standard. Because those high standards translate into the absolute best insurance experience possible for my customers.
And quite frankly, it’s pretty damn awesome to be able to say “Look what I did.” It shows the utmost respect and passion for the insurance profession, one I hold very near and dear to my heart. And still bust my ass every day trying to communicate to others.
I’m heading to my annual CIC update next month (to keep the designation, you have to attend a 2 day update class annually). I’m excited because the agenda promises advanced sessions on current, very pertinent topics that affect insurance professionals working today. And to me, that’s the sign of a true professional- people who make a commitment to consistently better themselves and their education in their chosen field.
So, welcome to the club Ryan. Wear that CIC badge proudly.