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CIC Designation

What is CIC?

The Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) Program has been the insurance industry's premier, proven source for practical, real-world education since 1969, enhancing professional skills and offering an opportunity for national recognition within the insurance community. Research has shown that CICs generate increased profits for their agencies. The CIC designation means you have the knowledge, personal dedication, and expertise to succeed in an ever-changing demanding profession. Becoming a CIC is also a pledge to meet the challenge of lifelong professional continuing education.
The CIC program is comprised of seven institutes. Each CIC institute is 16 hours of instruction, followed by an optional exam. Presentations are custom-tailored to reflect the applicable state laws and policies. To receive the CIC designation, you must attend five of the seven institutes and pass the exams for each.

Registration: Wed., 7:00am - 8:00am
Class: Wed., 8:00am - 5:15pm; Thurs., 8:00am - 5:00pm
Exam (Optional): Fri., 8:00am - 10:00am

Contact the IIANC Education Department at or 888-275-8907 with questions.
Note: Information provided during CIC Institute and Ruble Seminar live webinar offerings are based on country-wide forms and are not NC-specific.

CIC Fellowship

CIC Fellowship

IIANC will award five (5) Fellowships to attend a CIC Institute during the upcoming year.  The Fellowships are presented in honor of Dr. Robert S. Cline, CPCU, CLU, and Education Consultant for the CIC Program in the Carolinas from its inception in 1976 to 1991. Each Fellowship covers the entire registration fee to one (1) Institute in North Carolina from the date awarded through one calendar year.

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CIC Designation

How Do I Earn the CIC Designation?

To earn the CIC designation, you must attend five of the seven institutes and pass the exams for each within a five-year period. The CIC program is for both agency and company personnel. To be eligible to attend CIC institutes and obtain the CIC designation, an individual must:

- Be a licensed agent, broker, adjuster, or solicitor; or  
- Have at least two years of full-time experience in the insurance industry or as a risk management practitioner; or 
- Have served as a full-time insurance faculty member at an accredited college or university. 

The CIC institutes are also open to those who wish to receive CE credit only. Any course may be attended individually and the exam waived. 


How Do I Maintain the CIC Designation?

After receiving the CIC designation, no further exams are necessary. To keep the CIC designation, you must update each year by attending a CIC institute or James K. Ruble Graduate Seminar. If you recently completed your designation, click here to see the guidelines for you completing your initial update.

If you have questions about maintaining your designation, contact The National Alliance directly at 800-633-2165 or on their website.

CIC Institutes

Agency Management

CE Credit: 16 GEN
Agency personnel today must be both professional insurance counselors and sound business people. This institute covers the important internal operations necessary to successfully run an agency in today's business world. A case study is used through the program for direct, practical application.

  • Agency as an Organization
  • Financial Analysis and Agency Value
  • Managing an Agency's Book of Business I - New Business
  • Managing an Agency's Book of Business II - Retention
  • Human Resources
  • Agency Productivity and Effectiveness
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities 

Commercial Casualty

CE Credit: 16 GEN
Explore casualty exposures and become familiar with important coverages.

  • Commercial General Liability
  • Business Automobile Coverages
  • Workers Compensation
  • Excess Liability/Commercial Umbrella Coverages
  • Garage Insurance
  • Employment-Related Practices Coverages
  • Additional Insureds
  • Fiduciary Liability
  • Cyber Liability


Commercial Property

CE Credit: 16 GEN
This institute covers innovative ways to maximize coverage for various types of commercial property accounts.

  • Commercial Property Coverages
  • Commercial Property Endorsements
  • Commercial Property Causes of Loss Forms
  • Time Element Coverages
  • Commercial Inland Marine Coverages
  • Business Owners Policies

Insurance Company Operations

CE Credit: 16 GEN
The Insurance Company Operations Institute will help you to gain a better understanding of strategic decision-making strategies in order to satisfy regulatory requirements, meeting compliance standards, product development, underwriting, distributing and marketing, processing claims, and other vital company functions. 

  • Executive Strategies, Regulation & Compliance
  • Actuarial Practices & Accounting
  • Product Development
  • Agency/Policyholder Services
  • Underwriting
  • Claims


Life & Health

CE Credit: 16 GEN
There are countless opportunities for property and casualty agents to develop life and health business. This institute will provide the basic, essential background, knowledge, and confidence to succeed in this market.

  • Essentials of Life Insurance
  • Essentials of Group, Individual Disability Income & Health Insurance
  • Applications of Life and Health Insurance for Personal Needs
  • Applications of Life and Health Insurance for Business Needs
  • Annuities
  • Medicare, Medicare Supplement, Medicaid
  • Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Innovations in Life and Health Insurance
  • Financial Planning
  • Retirement Planning
  • Estate Planning
  • Organizational Structure and Marketing Techniques for Life and Health Insurance
  • State Specific Exposures/Special Coverages


Commercial Multiline

CE Credit: 16 GEN
Drill down into emerging topics—such as Cyber and Crime—that are critical to today’s marketplace from both property and casualty perspectives.

  • Businessowners Policy (BOP) 
  • Commercial Inland Marine Concepts & Coverages 
  • Crime Coverages & Endorsements 
  • Cyber Exposures and Coverages 
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance 
  • Excess Liability/Commercial Umbrella Coverages 


Personal Lines

CE Credit: 16 GEN
This institute will address the unique needs of individuals, families, and family members, and tackle the complexities of state-specific personal lines forms

  • Personal Residential Coverages
  • Personal Automobile Coverages
  • Personal Umbrella/Excess Coverages
  • Home-Based Business
  • Rental Car Coverages
  • Watercraft Coverages
  • Flood
  • Mobile Home Coverages
  • Personal Lines Case Study
  • Personal Lines Catastrophe Coverages
  • Specific State Exposures/Innovations/Special Coverages
James K. Ruble Graduate Seminar

James K. Ruble Graduate Seminar Information

CE Credit: 16 GEN
Graduate seminars are available to dues-paying CICs and Certified Risk Managers (CRMs) only. These seminars offer CICs and CRMs the opportunity to attend a wider variety of seminars covering more advanced and single focus subjects.

See the course schedule at the bottom of this page for a current listing of our Rubles and to register. 

Registration Fee: 
Member Price: $445.00*
Non-Member Price: $445.00*
*Please note: Registration fee includes CE filing fees.
CIC Online

CIC Online

The CIC program is also offered online by The National Alliance for Insurance Education & Research. The instructor-led online format differs from the traditional classroom experience offered through IIANC:

• Same tested, high-quality curriculum
• Interaction with and instruction by the same expert faculty—with the ease of a webinar
• Convenience - use your computer, tablet or cell phone
• 5 weeks, with 2 webinars weekly: 10–12 am and 2–4 pm Central Time
• Daytime Only
• Extended study period for exam-takers
• Instructive quizzes, optional reading assignments, exercises, and discussion board postings

Learn more about the online CIC program here

Please use the following referral code when registering: IIANC