The Saskatchewan Travel Insurance
Qualifying Course and Exam
The General Insurance Council of Saskatchewan (GICS) sets standards for applicants and licensees in the insurance industry that promote professionalism, competence and integrity. The GICS also serves as a link between the insurance industry and the consumers of insurance products and services.
The General Insurance Council Bylaws require all applicants for a Restricted Travel Insurance Licence to enroll in the Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Course of Study and to pass the provincial travel insurance exam prior to applying for a licence.
Travel applicants may call the Council office at 306.347.0862 or email email@example.com to obtain further information.
The Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Course and Exam
The General Insurance Council of Saskatchewan has contracted the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors (CITC), the industry’s educational trade association, to develop a new course of study for those who wish to obtain a Restricted Travel Insurance Licence.
The course of study explains details about travel insurance and assists the applicant to better understand the insurance industry and their role in selling travel insurance.
The course includes the following information:
- an explanation of the need for travel insurance
- how the travel insurance industry is structured in Canada
- the types of distribution models
- the people, the key elements and the classes of insurance
- travel insurance products
- the regulatory bodies for insurance
- the selling of travel insurance products
- policies, services and claims
- terminology and resources for insurance
Does this affect existing Restricted Travel Licensees?
No. Existing Restricted Travel Licensees are not subject to the mandatory course of study which will be implemented July 1, 2008.
However, licensees who allow their licence to lapse for a period of one year or more may be required to take the mandatory course of study and exam.
Obtaining your Restricted Travel Insurance Agent or Salesperson Licence after July 1, 2008
- Applicants are advised to visit the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors website to purchase the mandatory study manual. The website is www.citc.ca/sask. Applicants must keep the receipt obtained from CITC.
- Applicants may register to write the mandatory Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Exam and Travel Bylaw Exam by obtaining an Exam Application from www.skcouncil.sk.ca/travel_forms.htm or by contacting Cindy Swales at 306.347.0862.
The receipt obtained from CITC is required to register for the Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Exam.
The pass mark on both the qualification exam and the bylaw exam is 75%. The applicant must apply for a licence within one year of passing the exam(s).
If you are unsuccessful on one or both exams, you may register to rewrite. Applicants may write each exam three times before a six month waiting period is implemented.
- Once the applicant has passed both exams they may apply for a Restricted Travel Insurance Agent or Salesperson Licence.
The licence application form can be obtained from the Council website at www.skcouncil.sk.ca/travel_forms.htm.
A completed licence application form, criminal record check and the applicable licence fee must be submitted to Council. Applicants will be advised by Council when they can begin transacting insurance.
Saskatchewan Course Costs
The cost of the Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Course of Study is $40 plus applicable taxes and mailing costs; and is only available through CITC. The cost includes a hard-copy, coil-bound edition of the manual.
A confirmation of purchase from CITC, in the name of the applicant, is required when scheduling to write the provincial licensing exam with the General Insurance Council of Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Exam and Travel Bylaw Exam
The Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Exam will test the applicant’s knowledge of travel insurance, insurance industry and the applicant’s role in selling travel insurance. The cost to write this mandated exam is $55.00 per occasion.
In addition to the Saskatchewan Travel Insurance Qualifying Exam, the applicant must write the Travel Bylaw Exam. The Travel Bylaw Exam will primarily focus on the obligations and conduct of a licensed agent or salesperson. The cost to write the Council mandated Travel Bylaw Exam is $55.00
The cost to write both the qualification exam and bylaw exam at one exam session is $75.00.
Exam application forms can be obtained from www.skcouncil.sk.ca/travel_forms.htm or by calling the Licensing Exam Coordinator Cindy Swales at 306.347.0862.