I have been an insurance agent for many years. You have to take a 40 hour class and take the Property and Casualty Insurance test that would allow you to sell Auto/Home/Commercial insurance etc. However, you can only sell insurance once you have been Licensed by the state in which you reside, and appointed by an insurance company to sell for them. You can be an independent agent or a captive agent (one that sells for only one company directly). If you need to sell life or health insurance, that would require a separate class/testing. An insurance agent can be licensed to sell in states they do not reside in, but you must apply to that state and pay a fee every year or two and continue to be appointed by an insurance company. An insurance agent is also required to take continuing education once every two years to keep your license. Once you get your license, and you do a different job, you could put your license in a suspend mode so you will not be required to keep taking the continuing education until you are ready to take the license out of suspend mode. If you tell me which state you are from and which kind of insurance you are going to be selling I can be of more assistance.
· 1 decade ago