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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 14. Insurance
Agency 5. State Corporation Commission, Bureau of Insurance
Chapter 45. Rules Governing Suitability in Annuity Transactions
9/19/2019

14VAC5-45-45. Agent Training.

A. An agent shall not solicit the sale of an annuity product unless the agent has adequate knowledge of the product to recommend the annuity and the agent is in compliance with the insurer's standards for product training. An agent may rely on insurer-provided product specific training standards and materials to comply with this subsection.

B. Training requirements are as follows:

1. An agent who engages in the sale of annuity products shall complete a one-time four-credit training course approved as continuing education by the Insurance Continuing Education Board in accordance with § 38.2-1867 of the Code of Virginia and provided by the Insurance Continuing Education Board approved education provider.

2. Agents who hold a life insurance line of authority and who desire to sell annuities shall complete the requirements of this subsection by January 1, 2018. Individuals who obtain a life insurance line of authority on or after January 1, 2018, may not engage in the sale of annuities until the annuity training course required under this subsection has been completed.

3. The minimum length of the training required under this subsection shall be sufficient to qualify for at least four CE credits, but may be longer.

4. The training required under this subsection shall include information on the following topics:

a. The types of annuities and various classifications of annuities;

b. Identification of the parties to an annuity;

c. How product specific annuity contract features affect consumers;

d. The application of income taxation of qualified and nonqualified annuities;

e. The primary uses of annuities; and

f. Appropriate sales practices and replacement and disclosure requirements.

5. Providers of courses intended to comply with this subsection shall cover all topics listed in subdivision 4 of this subsection and shall not present any marketing information or provide training on sales techniques or provide specific information about a particular insurer's products. Additional topics may be offered in conjunction with and in addition to those in subdivision 4 of this subsection.

6. A provider of an annuity training course intended to comply with this subsection shall register as a CE provider in this Commonwealth and comply with the rules and guidelines applicable to agent continuing education courses as set forth in § 38.2-1867 of the Code of Virginia.

7. Annuity training courses may be conducted and completed by classroom or self-study methods in accordance with § 38.2-1867 of the Code of Virginia.

8. Providers of annuity training shall comply with the reporting requirements and shall issue certificates of completion in accordance with § 38.2-1867 of the Code of Virginia.

9. The satisfaction of the training requirements of another state that are substantially similar to the provisions of this subsection shall be deemed to satisfy the training requirements of this subsection in this Commonwealth.

10. An insurer shall verify that an agent has completed the annuity training course required under this subsection before allowing the agent to sell an annuity product for that insurer. An insurer may satisfy its responsibility under this subsection by obtaining certificates of completion of the training course or obtaining reports provided by commission-sponsored database systems or vendors or from a reasonably reliable commercial database vendor that has a reporting arrangement with approved insurance education providers.

Statutory Authority

§§ 12.1-13 and 38.2-223 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 33, Issue 15, eff. April 1, 2017.

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