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Iowa Requirements

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Visit the Iowa Insurance Division for current CE requirements.
General Requirement

All producers must complete 36 CE credits within their respective 3 year term.  At least 18 of these credits must be taken as classroom credits.

Ethics Requirement

All producers must complete 3 hours of ethics continuing education (CE) credit within each renewal period. More than one ethics course may be taken as long as it has a different course number.

Annuity Requirement

Effective January , 2011, Iowa Administrative Rules 191-15.72 requires all insurance producers selling or soliciting Annuity Products in the State of Iowa to obtain four (4) continuing education credits by an APPROVED vender offering an Annuity Products Course.  This is a one-time requirement and it not a condition of license renewal.

Annuity ‘Best Interest’ Regulations, 191 IAC 15.72, Bulletin 21-01

The Iowa Insurance Division (IID) adopted and filed amended Suitability in Annuity Transactions regulations applicable to any sale or recommendation of an annuity on or after January 1, 2021 (191 IAC 15.72-78). The IID intends to monitor implementation for a period of 12 months starting January 1, 2021, the effective date of the regulation. The IID believes this is an appropriate timeframe for insurers to conduct the requisite operational changes to their systems to establish internal processes to comply with the regulation. During this period, the IID will consider good faith efforts to be significant as we work with industry to implement these enhanced consumer protection standards.

The adoption of the regulation by the IID follows efforts by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to revise the Suitability in Annuity Transactions Model Regulation (#275). The IID intends to rely on the drafting notes contained within the Model Regulation as interpretive guidance and expects this will aid companies in implementing the regulation. For example, Model Regulation contains a drafting note relating to the requirement in subparagraph 15.75(3)“b”(8) to identify and eliminate any sales contests, sales quotas, bonuses and non-cash compensation that are based on the sales of specific annuities within a limited period of time. The drafting note clarifies that the intent of this provision is to prohibit sales contests, sales quotas, bonuses and non-cash compensation based on the sale of a particular product within a limited period of time, but not to prohibit general incentives regarding the sales of a company’s products with no emphasis on any particular product.

On October 14, 2020, the Division issued Bulletin 20-12 which provides information related to training requirements and available training approved by the IID. Producers should review Bulletin 20-12 to ensure they will have completed the required training by July 1, 2021.

Efforts by the NAIC Annuity Suitability Working Group (A) to review and revise the Model Regulation have been extremely important in advancing this initiative. This Working Group is currently in the process of creating a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which will promote greater uniformity across NAIC member jurisdictions. A current draft is available at the NAIC’s webpage. The IID anticipates the FAQ document will provide important guidance to insurers and producers as they establish and maintain procedures designed to meet their good faith obligations to comply with this regulation.

Long-Term Care (LTC) Partnership Training Requirements

Producers who have not completed a total of 8 qualifying LTC Partnership Training credits on or before Dec. 31, 2009, will be required to complete a one-time training equivalent of 8 credits prior to engaging in any long-term care insurance sales activity, including soliciting and negotiating.  Once you have met the initial 8-hour training, the ongoing requirement of 4 hours of LTC Partnership continuing education (CE) credit must be completed within each renewal period, including the initial one.  The initial 8-hour training can be done in any hourly increments.  You may register for the initial 8-hour classroom- substitute, approved online course through the online tab on our website via our self-study/online partner, WebCE.

Indexed Product Requirement

All producers who wish to sell fixed index annuity products on or after January 1, 2008, must complete a one-time 4 credit hour training course.

Flood Insurance Requirement

As of April 1, 2008, all producers who sell federal flood insurance policies are required to complete a one-time 3-hour flood insurance course. The online course that fulfills this training requirement is Flood Facts: NFIP Agent Seminar.  Online courses that fulfill these requirements can be found in our online courses section.

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