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October 2021


There really is no comparing the Illinois Insurance Pre-Licensing Program to any competitor in the state. No other provider offers as many benefits as we do! Plus, our instructors are licensed with certifications and have deep knowledge of Illinois laws and regulations - something no one else can offer! Click here to view our comparison chart. 
Designed by experienced agents for the next generation of great agents - this is the BEST experience in the industry!
The highly reviewed Illinois Insurance Pre-Licensing Program is moving to Virtual classes on the 1st and 3rd weeks of every month. Now just remember the 1st and 3rd week and get your new hire enrolled as soon as possible.
Here is what our students say:
  • “Easy to understand.”
  • “Presenters kept the class engaged.”
  • “The layout and wording of the book is very resourceful.”
  • “The online study tools were very beneficial.”
  • “I chose this program because of the instructor’s level of experience.”
  • “Great pace of learning.”
The schedule for 2022 has been released. Your new hires will come back from class prepared to pass the exam on the first try. Click here to register. IIA of IL members receive a discount off registration.  

Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
Commercial Property Institute
November 3-4, 2021

IN PERSON or Virtual
IIA of IL Office
Springfield, IL 
16 hours of IL CE credit
CE Available in other States, contact IIA of IL for details
In the CIC Commercial Property course, you will gain a detailed understanding of Commercial Property coverages and endorsements and learn how to maximize coverage and protect your property accounts.

Your full attendance at the 16 hours of instruction of your choice will satisfy your annual update requirement and no exam is required.
Topics Covered:
  • Commercial Property Coverage Forms
  • Commercial Property Causes of Loss
  • Commercial Property Endorsements
  • Time Element Coverages
  • Time Element Endorsements
Discover the benefits participants will gain by attending. Register Today

Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)
James K. Ruble Seminar
December 8-9,  2021

16 hours of IL CE credit
CE Available in other States, contact IIA of IL for details
James K. Ruble Graduate Seminars are now available as an update option for all dues-paid National Alliance designees (CICs, CRMs, CPRMs, CISRs and CSRMs).

Graduate Seminars feature a variety of advanced topic selections along with real-life applications for the material. Use what you learn here to explain to your clients some of the exposures they may face and the most effective methods for remedying them. 

Your full attendance at the 16 hours of instruction of your choice will satisfy your annual update requirement and no exam is required.
Topics Covered:
  • Cutting Edge Insurance Solutions
  • Personal Lines Troubles and Solutions
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Insurance Valuation Problems
Discover the benefits participants will gain by attending. Register Today

Upcoming Classes
November 18 - Personal Lines Misc. - Virtual
December 16 - Personal Auto Exposures - Virtual
Empower Outstanding Individuals to Provide Exceptional Account Management and Customer Service
Today’s organizations live and die by their customer service - so be great at what you do! If you are thinking about expanding your skills, only one program should be on your radar - CISR.
Why? CISR courses are known for preparing front-line professionals to analyze risks, policies, forms, and claims data and communicate that understanding clearly to their clients, carriers, and colleagues. There are no prerequisites for taking courses or enrolling in the CISR Program.
But, if you are:
  • an employee of an agency, insurance company, or insurance-related business,
  • an agent, account manager or executive, customer service representative, agency or company manager, or
  • a new representative or agent,
You’ll benefit from attending CISR courses which set the standard for training in technical expertise, productivity, responsibilities, and client relationships. Scholarships are available to IIA of IL members.

Your New Hire Training Plan to Gain Incremental Success
We read often “A Best Practice:  Be sure to have a Plan for your new hire’s orientation and onboarding.”  This is TRUE.

A wise leader will map a plan that is staged and builds incremental skills.

Stage the learning plan to include incremental and purposeful learning that carries an immediate impact.  Statistics show that continual learning will increase new hire retention considerably. 
A solid training program for new hires includes education, experience and exposure.
  1. Start with the Basics! You hired a talented individual who is “brand new” to insurance. Create a continuous and cumulative education path to gain new knowledge and practical skills that can be immediately applied in their role.

    The most important thing you can do is to “avoid the firehose” technique.  This is when you push the new hire into a multi-week producer school or program immediately, load up lots of reading material in all modes and pack the days with “filler” activities. 

    Create an incremental plan that taps into a variety of learning resources.  Space and vary the learning interactions including online, real-human interactions, hands-on accountable responsibilities, etc.  

  2. Map a gradual plan of smaller hurdles at first and that lead to a longer or more detailed education and experience.  Correlate new information to application of skills and knowledge.   

    The reality is that onboarding should be staged for a period of one year.  This is not related to the new hire’s capabilities to perform “real work.”  Staging or phasing in essential skill-based and process training should correlate to job functions that carry immediate impact and are essential functions of the individual’s role.

  3. Incorporate Customer-Ready Activities (immediately).  Whether the new hire has their license or is currently studying, they can still impact customers in a variety of ways. 

    Create significant activities where they can gain exposure.  For example, accompany producers on client meetings, analyze monthly renewals with alignment to a questionnaire, review agency inbound inquiries to understand the client’s voice and needs, identify coverage gaps on various account reviews, etc.  
Help the new team member build confidence from Day One
Reinforce Progress and Reward Positive Impact.

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With Over 25 Webinars a Month - You Can Receive Your CE Credit ANY Day and From ANYWHERE That Works For You!
The IIA of IL offers over 25 webinars a month lead by nationally recognized faculty. You can earn the CE you need without having to be tied to your desk as long as you have internet access. We are always adding new programming to the lineup. Check out the below courses coming up soon. 

ETHICS*; E&O; Flood; The Twelve Great Commercial Ins. Mysteries; Liability Issues in Personal Lines Policies; Business Income; Workers Comp; Fiduciary Liability, ERISA Bonding and Employee Benefits; Insuring Hobby & Small Farms; Contractors Property Exposures; Income After Retirement and so many more. 

*Ethics as a live webinar, now meets the approval of your Ethics credit for Illinois renewals.  

You can view the full schedule of webinars here

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