What is a Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation?
by Cameron Musil
When you desire to be advised on important insurance related matters, you want to know that the person you are working with is professional, up to date, knowledgeable and capable of helping you. Choosing to work with an independent insurance professional that holds the CIC designation would be wise. The CIC designation program consists of 5 institutes, they are; Personal Lines, Commercial Casualty, Commercial Property, Life & Health and Agency Management. To earn the CIC designation, five written essay exams must be passed within five calendar years. The five written essay exams are designed to make sure that the insurance professional truly understands the subject and content at a deep level. The Certified Insurance Counselors (CIC) designation program has been the insurance industry's premier, proven source for practical, real-world education since 1969.
The devil is in the details when it comes to insurance, especially at claim time. Insurance professionals who embark on earning the CIC designation are taught in depth about lots of the major insurance policies that relate to each institute topic. For example, at the Commercial Casualty institute, insurance professionals will dissect the general liability, business auto and business umbrella insurance policies among several others. The whole purpose of all of this is to better equip the insurance professional to truly help their client. Every insurance client has a different situation, unique exposures and coverage goals. An insurance professional has many important functions, but one of the most important is to work closely with the client and be a trusted advisor. Being an insurance professional is kind of like being an architect. We custom design and layer insurance coverages to properly protect the client based on various factors. I personally enjoy holding the CIC designation and truly believe that I can better serve all of my clients because of it.