Resident producers must complete the Continuing Education (CE)as specified below by the end of their birth month every two years. If a resident producer adds a qualification to their existing license, the CE requirements for the new qualification will be waived until after their next renewal.
In order for a resident producer to renew their license for the next two year period, they must have completed their CE hours during the previous two year period and submit a renewal application (available 60 days prior to the end of their birth month).
Find your expiration date using the consumer inquiry service available through Sircon. The information can also be printed for your records.
Administrative Rule of South Dakota (ARSD) 20:06:18:03 specifies the required hours of continuing education credits (CEC) for each qualification a producer holds. The number of hours needed for each qualification carried on your license are shown below.
Life/Health alone — 10 hours
Property/Casualty alone — 10 hours
Crop ALONE — 4 hours
Crop and Life/Health — 2 hours Crop and 8 hours Life/Health
Crop and Property/Casualty — 2 hours Crop and 8 hours Property/Casualty
Crop, Property/Casualty and Life/Health — 2 hours crop, 8 hours
Property/Casualty and 10 hours Life/Health
The CE period will be waived for any new qualification added during the two- year CE period of an existing producer's license until the first renewal.
Continuing education requirements must be completed during a 24 month period ending on the producer's birth month beginning in April 2012.
The South Dakota Division of Insurance uses Sircon (a web-based program) to manage and monitor continuing education compliance. Upon successful completion of an approved course, credit will be applied to your record by the provider. Producers are not required to report their continuing education credits (CECs) to the Division of Insurance.
Using Sircon, you can:
A $20 licensing fee is payable online at Sircon.
All fees are non-refundable.
If the licensing renewal and payment of the $20 fee is not completed through Sircon by the due date, the license will lapse and your appointments will be terminated.
Effective April 30, 2010 newly licensed resident producers initially have a 24 - 35 month license in order to allow adequate time for producers to complete full continuing education requirements before their first renewal.
Examples are as follows:
Licensed in July 2010 - Birth month in February - will renew by February 2013
Licensed in July 2010 - Birth month in July - will renew by July 2012 (24 month)
Licensed in Aug. 2010 - Birth month in July - renew by July 2013 (35 months)
Producers who are moving to South Dakota from a state that requires continuing education may provide evidence of prior course completion to satisfy these requirements, providing the courses were completed during the same time frame.
During the license renewal period, a licensee can request to restrict (drop a line or lines from your license) online through the Sircon producer's website* or through the renewal section of NIPR while going through the renewal process.
*If utilizing Sircon to complete your request, a licensee can request a free printable license within 30 days of renewal.
Extensions of time to obtain CECs may be granted upon showing "good cause" for such an extension to be granted. "Good cause" is defined as death, disability, natural disaster or other extenuating circumstances which makes it impossible to attend a continuing education course or do independent study.
Such requests must be in writing and must be received by the Director not less than 21 days before the expiration of the two-year period or the expiration of the previous extension period. The request shall contain the name, address and telephone number of the producer requesting the extension. If the reason for the request is medical, a doctor's statement is required. No extension shall be granted for greater than one year. The extension shall have no effect on the deadline for obtaining CECs in the next two-year period.
The following producers are exempt from all continuing education requirements:
The producer must notify the Division office in writing if he/she falls under one of the exempt categories.
A producer who loses his/her license due to non-renewal (failure to pay the renewal fee) or for not completing their CEC requirement can become reinstated within one year of cancellation by completing all licensing procedures. The producer shall be required to obtain the CECs required for the time he was licensed in the two-year period he was cancelled. These CECs must be completed before the producer may be reinstated. A producer will need to pay $40 in order to reinstate the license.
Contact the Continuing Education Coordinator for the number of credit hours required for reinstatement.
After reinstatement the producer shall then complete his continuing education requirement for the current reporting period.
If you have additional questions please contact:
Continuing Education Coordinator
South Dakota Division of Insurance
124 S. Euclid Ave., 2nd Floor
Pierre, SD 57501-3185