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Take the Fast Track to Insurance Certification

Prepare to take New York's certifying exams with our short-term, non-credit insurance career courses. The state exam is a key step to earning your insurance license. Get started in insurance or take your professional experience further.


different certifications you can choose from


step toward your state insurance license 


of insurance workers earn over over $160K

What You'll Study in Our Insurance Certification Program

Insurance draws people who are service-oriented, empathetic, and patient, and comfortable with computers. While our program doesn't require a high school diploma, most insurance jobs go to high school or college grads.

Our self-paced, online courses are ideal for working adults. Focus on health, life, property and other types of insurance. Learn about types of policies, policy provisions and state regulations.

Once you complete one or more courses, you'll be eligible to take state certifying exams. 


Sample Courses

Health Pre-Licensing
Health insurance basics, policies and provisions and state regulations

Life Pre-Licensing
Focus on life insurance, including policies, annuities, tax considerations and more

Property and Casualty Pre-Licensing
Preparation for agents and brokers selling home, auto, business and related policies

Common Questions About Insurance Certification

We don't require a diploma to register for Insurance Certification, but we do recommend you complete a high school course of study before enrolling. Most insurance industry jobs require a high school or college degree.

Learn about high school equivalency at DCC.

No. Some students enroll after working in insurance-related jobs, but others are brand new to the industry.


Register for certification courses online. Once you've registered, email our Office of Workforce Education and Development or call (845) 431-8900. We must enter you into the ExamFX database before you start your program.

Each certification course currently carries a $199.95 fee. You'll be prepared to take New York's certifying exam after completing one or more courses.

No, though funding may be available through Dutchess One-Stop or ACCES-VR.


The New York State Department of Financial Services, Insurance Division, is responsible for insurance certification.

Currently, $33 (and subject to change). This cost is separate from the course fees described above.


New York contracts testing to PSI Services LLC. Schedule your PSI exam online or call PSI at (800) 733-9267. You can take your exam at a PSI examination center or via a remote online proctored exam.

No — some insurance jobs don't require a license. Anyone who aims to earn commissions on insurance sales does need to be licensed. Also, many insurance agencies and brokerages require job candidates to be licensed.

Once you pass your DCC certification course and the state certification exam, you'll be able to apply for an insurance license. License holders must complete an additional 15 hours of continuing education to renew their licenses every two years.


Contact Us

Office of Workforce Development & Continuing Education

222/223 Bowne Hall
Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8900

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601