There are many professionals working in the United States who have acquired some type of license to do business in their state. Licenses do not come easy. Most states require the applicants to pass an exam or series of exams to receive their license or designation. Exams contain information about state laws, regulations, and important information regarding the specific profession. In most professions once licensed, all you have to do is complete your continuing education to renew your license. Some states require you to renew your license every year, some every five years. It just depends on the profession and their state laws. Education is vital, especially for those who have had their license for 20+ years. Many laws and regulations have changed since they first took their state exam. Today we are going to discuss some of the various professions and the importance of continuing education classes they are required to take to renew their license.
Professions such as attorneys, insurance agents, hairdressers, nurses, and real estate agents need certain classes every compliance period to keep their license active. These agents owe a lot to their clients and the advice and information they provide could be crucial to important decisions their clients make. For instance, wouldn’t you want your attorney to be up to date on various court cases, new laws, and information regarding a case? Or, if you were shopping for a life insurance policy you need your insurance agent to know the best policy available that fits you and your family’s needs. The health industry is one of the most regulated industries in the United States. Nurses and doctors need continuing education to ensure they are up to date on new medications and procedures. Education in the health field could be the difference of life and death for some patients. These are just a couple of examples on why it is so important for states to mandate continuing education for certain professions.
Continuing education can be completed in a variety of ways to make it easy and flexible for the agent. Agents should check with their state department to see how many continuing education credits they need and when their license will expire. These courses are very important and should be taken seriously not only to keep your license active, but also to offer piece of mind to your clients that you are up to date on current information regarding your profession.