One of the reasons you are visiting this site is because you already understand that you must pass the Colorado Licensing Exam before you can obtain your Resident Insurance License. In order to take the Colorado licensing exam, you must first register with Pearson VUE, which is the exam testing company that has been selected by Colorado to administer your licensing exam. And, before you register for the exam, you must complete formal prelicensing education if you are taking any of the major lines of exams (life, disability, property, or casualty). Formal prelicensing education is NOT required to take the Limited Lines Credit Insurance exam.
To register you may call the testing company at 800-275-8247 or register online here. Before you register, you may want to read our informative guide entitled All About Registering For and Taking the Colorado Insurance Exam. Please note that taking a 180 Licensing course DOES NOT register you for the exam, does not help you meet your formal prelicensing education (where required), and is designed for exam prep only. (In other words, our courses are strictly designed to help you pass your exam.) And, for advice on how to pass the exam and what to expect on exam day, see our Guide to Passing the Colorado Insurance Exam.
Important Notice: The state of Colorado has a prelicensing education requirement. You must take a course from a provider on this list. Go here. 180 Licensing is not an approved provider; our focus is solely designed to help you pass your insurance licensing exam the fastest and easiest way possible. If you are still having trouble passing the exam after you have taken a prelicensing course from an approved provider, consider putting the odds in your favor by taking one of our premier exam prep courses. They are self-paced, online, and very affordable and effective.
The following steps will guide you through the process of becoming licensed in Colorado:
1) Select an Exam Prep (Prelicensing) Course to Help You Pass the Colorado Insurance Exam
In Colorado, you must complete an approved prelicensing education course before you can take your insurance licensing exam (again, this required education does not apply to those taking the Limited Lines Credit exam). This includes 40 hours (for each line) in life and health, 20 hours (for each line) in property and casualty, 3 hours of ethics, 3 hours of principles, and 4 hours of “legal concepts and regulations.”
Pearson VUE maintains a list of approved prelicensing course providers. Go here to locate a provider. (Please note that many formal prelicensing education courses are not really designed to help you pass the actual licensing exam, so if you need help getting ready for the exam, 180 Licensing can help.)
If you taking one or more of the major lines exams (life, disability, property, or casualty) and you are about to take or have already taken your required, state approved formal pre-licensing class and still feel the need for assistance with exam preparation, you have a number of choices. Of course, 180 Licensing considers itself the very best, most enjoyable, and cost-effective method of preparing for your exams. Supplement our national courses with the state law materials that you received from your prelicensing education provider to best prepare for your exam.
However, in the name of full disclosure, here’s a rundown of your choices and our opinions. These include:
- Correspondence Courses. Often these courses consist of a manual and perhaps some sample questions on a disc that may or may not be specific to your state’s exam. The course manuals are boring and often out-of-date, and do not effectively convey the critical points that need to be mastered by you. And, they do not use techniques that “teach” you the material; OR
- A Live Class. Sometimes these classes are effective and sometimes they are not – pick one and take your chances. Plus, these courses are often not located near you, and you must miss time from work or travel to take the class. And, if you don’t understand a point, it is virtually impossible to “rewind” the instructor to review any confusing points. (When we find what we consider a good live class located in your state through our market research, we will list the class here. If you know of an exceptional class, please email us so we can confirm and list the class); OR
- Online Courses with Simulated Instructors. If you have listened to computer generated voices before, you know that they will drive you nuts after a few hours. I cannot imagine listening to a computer voice for 40 hours trying to prepare for a licensing exam; OR
- Online Courses with Real Instructors. A couple of companies have online classes with real people lecturing. While good in theory, most of these “real people” are simply “talking heads” in the corner of the screen that you will soon tire of- who wants to watch a little pointed talking head for 40 hours on a little computer screen? We know we don’t. But you may find that appealing. OR
- Comprehensive Interactive Course That Teaches. You guessed it. 180 Licensing has spent hundreds of hours creating a manual that is not only fun to read, but that is also highly authoritative and effective. The founder of 180 Licensing has personally helped over 10,000 students pass their licensing exams using our materials and techniques. Our interactive course materials take you step by step through the critical points – the materials are “designed to teach.” You can learn the key points at your own pace, anywhere you wish. With our exam prep materials, you do not need to “second guess” anything- it’s all there, in one easy package. Passing the exam cannot be made any easier or more enjoyable than with 180 Licensing.
2) Register To Take the Colorado Insurance Exam with Pearson VUE
You must register to take the exam with Pearson VUE several weeks in advance so that you will be guaranteed a spot for at the test center of your choice on the day of your choice. To schedule an exam with the testing service, either call them at 800-275-8247 or register online here. For details, read All About Registering For and Taking the Colorado Insurance Exam.
3) Decide Where To Take the Colorado Insurance Exam
The exam is given in a number of locations here in Colorado. Go to the Pearson VUE Test Center Locator, here. Before you actually choose a test and location, you may want more details. If so, read All About Registering For and Taking the Colorado Insurance Exam.
4) Submit The Proper Licensing Paperwork in Order to Obtain Colorado Insurance License
This is the fun and easy part, for you, at least. Your employer will assist you in submitting the application paperwork. You can apply by paper application to the Colorado Department of Insurance Commissioner (OIC), or you can submit electronically through NIPR or Sircon.
Warning: Once you pass your exam, you must become licensed within 1 year; otherwise, you must start the entire licensing application process over (this includes having to retake your exam!).
Disclaimer: 180 Licensing Exam Prep, Inc. makes every effort to ensure the accuracy of this article, information is subject to change. The final authority for the latest insurance licensing information is your state’s department of insurance.
Must Read: Our National online, self-paced, exam prep courses offered in Colorado do not meet your state’s prelicensing education requirement. They contain national insurance and general state law rules, but do not contain your exam’s specific state law content (about 15-20% of your exam). If you have taken an approved prelicensing education course, have a valid certificate, and still need a passing score, use our materials and supplement with the state law material from your prelicensing provider. Designed by award winning Professor Jerry Furniss, our interactive exam prep materials are excellent for getting you over the finish line the fastest and easiest way possible. Go here for more information.