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6231 – Insurance agents and brokers

Insurance agents and brokers sell life, automobile, property, health and other types of insurance to individuals, businesses and public institutions. Insurance agents are employed by individual insurance companies or are independent representatives of specific insurance companies. Insurance brokers are employed by brokerage firms, or may work in partnerships or hold sole proprietorship. Supervisors of insurance agents are included in this unit group.

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Example titles

  • Insurance agent
  • Insurance broker
  • Insurance sales representative
  • Insurance sales supervisor

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:
  • Sell automobile, fire, health, life, property, marine, aircraft and other types of insurance to clients
  • Establish client insurance coverage, calculate premiums and establish method of payment
  • Provide information concerning group and individual insurance packages, the range of risk coverage, benefits paid and other policy features
  • Ensure appropriate forms, medical examinations and other policy requirements are completed
  • Monitor insurance claims and respond to clients' enquiries
  • Identify and solicit potential clientele.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • On-the-job training and insurance industry courses and training programs are provided and are required for employment.
  • Licensure by the insurance governing body in the province or territory of employment is required.

Additional information

  • Progression to insurance management positions is possible through experience.
  • Completion of educational programs through the Insurance Institute of Canada or its provincial counterpart entitles agents to professional recognition as an Associate of the Insurance Institute of Canada (A.I.I.C.) or Fellow of the Insurance Institute of Canada (F.I.I.C.).
  • Completion of educational courses through the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors allows for various levels of professional designations for insurance and financial advisors.

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Breakdown summary

Broad occupational category
6 - Sales and service occupations
Skill level
B - Occupations usually require college education, specialized training or apprenticeship training.
Major group
62 - Retail sales supervisors and specialized sales occupations
Minor group
623 - Insurance, real estate and financial sales occupations
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