Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How Study Guides for the Insurance Licensure Exams Help You Pass

The Insurance Licensure Exam—Life and Health, Property and Casualty, or both— is not easy. It's also the barrier for entry into a career as an Insurance Agent. If you live near your state’s borders, you may want to get licensed in your neighboring state as well. 

Trust me, extra prep is a must. The national portion of the exam is just that—national. The content applies regardless of the state or jurisdiction you practice in. Keep in mind that there is still a difference in the national exam for Life and Health versus Property and Casualty. The state portion of the exam applies to the specific laws of the state you want to practice in. State laws vary greatly and it’s critical that you are well versed in the content. The 360 Training Insurance Prep Courses contain the definitive study guides for insurance licensure exams that you need to build your career.

360 Training offers online courses and materials designed to prepare you to pass both the national and state portion of the exam for the state or states you want to practice in. The courses themselves follow the pattern of the specific state’s offering, generally packaged as “Life & Health” and “Property & Casualty”. This segmentation allows you to purchase only the prep you need, when you need it.

Each tailored course contains chapter-based assessments for the national portion that emphasize the key points and allow you to gauge your understanding of the material. The state law section is specific to the state and exam. For example, the Life and Health Insurance Prep Course — PA contains course material specific to state law governing Life and Heath Insurance in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The state law section of each course contains its own exam, also targeting key points and comprehension. At the end of the course, there is a final exam. Additionally, 360 Training offers practice exams—the results of which will help you decide your preparedness for your licensure exam.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

How Ongoing IT Training + Certifications Can Accelerate Your Career


Wanted: IT Skills 
A recent article on CertMag.com focused on the dawn of the computer-based testing industry. For those of us actively involved in career certification testing, how we got here may seem irrelevant. It’s not. The “Wanted: IT skills” section sheds some welcome light on why ongoing IT training in your chosen discipline is your ticket to a prosperous career. It all started with the market need for qualified staff in the IT industry…

Hiring the wrong staff is incredibly expensive and the cost of a “bad hire” is a multiplier of the employee’s salary—a drain on time, productivity and morale. Employers want to know how to verify a candidate’s technical skills for full employment candidates in the per-hire term. Certification is the answer—verifiable proof that an individual has an established level of competence with a specific skill set. For IT companies, certification meant an established pool of IT talent to draw from as their needs evolved, alleviating the need for third-party sales, support and service. The availability of pre-qualified talent brought qualified implementation, service and support in-house at a time and cost savings that IT companies found attractive. Make no mistake, ongoing IT certification is crucial to not only professional advancement, but even getting hired in the first place. 

This theme and requirement is not only true today, but the demand for ever more complex skill sets that keep pace with the development of new technologies and processes has created a skills gap that the market is still trying to diminish. As technologies are developed, accepted by the market, and implemented, service and support are still required, but with less likelihood that the exact skill set is already on staff. Employer-provided training fills some of the need, but career advancement may lie with a different employer or through contract employment opportunities. Proving you know what you know and are able to perform to standards is how you got on the “certification treadmill”. Keeping an eye on emerging trends, staying informed of market developments and continuing education and certification are your tools to maintain a market-relevant and desirable skill set and advance your career.