How to Obtain Approval to Offer a Life Licence Qualification Program (LLQP) Training Course in Ontario

​About the LLQP

 

Under Ontario's Insurance Act [New Window], individuals who want to be licensed in Ontario as life insurance agents, or accident and sickness insurance agents, are required to successfully complete a training program that is approved by both the Canadian Insurance Services Regulatory Organizations (CISRO) [New Window] and the Superintendent of Financial Services (the Superintendent). The LLQP is the only accepted training program in Ontario.

Approved courses for the LLQP are not provided by or on behalf of the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. They are available through several course providers in either English or French.

How to Obtain Approval to Offer an LLQP Training Course in Ontario


Companies that want to offer courses for the LLQP examination in Ontario must first apply to CISRO for national accreditation and then to FSCO for approval in Ontario, as described below.

Step 1: Obtain Approval from CISRO


Companies who want to obtain the Superintendent's approval to offer an LLQP training course in Ontario must first:

  • Obtain a national recommendation from CISRO as an accredited course provider; and
  • Sign the licence agreement for using the CISRO-authorized LLQP examination preparation materials.
The national recommendation criteria, application for accreditation and the licensing agreement can be downloaded from the CISRO website [New Window].

Step 2: Submit an Application to FSCO


Companies that want to offer an LLQP training course in Ontario must provide to FSCO the following information or documents:

  1. A cover letter.
  2. A copy of the letter from CISRO that confirms its national recommendation as an accredited course provider.
  3. A copy of the signed licence agreement.
  4. The name and contact information for the individual who will respond on behalf of the organization to FSCO's requests for information for the purposes of the approval.
  5. The course outline, which should include the following:
  • The title of the course;
  • The type of licensing for which it is intended (e.g., full LLQP, accident and sickness only);
  • The structure of the course;
  • How the course content aligns with the applicable LLQP competencies;
  • A description of any additional content that is not included in the LLQP competencies and that will be covered in the course;
  • An estimated number of hours required by students to complete the course, in total and by each LLQP competency;
  • A description of the methods by which the course will achieve the LLQP learning objectives and assess student learning (e.g., self-study, exercises, case studies, collaborative work, etc.);
  • A description of the evaluation methods that will be used;
  • A description of any additional study aids or supplementary training that will be offered;
  • Whether the course provider plans to use the Canadian Insurance Participant Registry (CIPR) or paper certificates/spreadsheets to confirm course completion;
  • A description of policies and procedures (if any) to administer the course and manage candidate appeals; and
  • The date the course is expected to launch in Ontario.
  1. General information about the course (which is required for FSCO's information only and will not affect the approval decision):
  • Language(s) in which the course will be offered;
  • How often the course will be offered;
  • For courses with a classroom component: locations in Ontario where the course will be offered (including addresses, if known);
  • Expected fees for the program and for any additional study aids or training; and
  • Sample marketing materials (if any).
  1. The name and contact information for the individual who will respond on behalf of the organization to FSCO's request for information, if the application is approved (this may be the same as above).
Please do not provide a copy of draft or final course materials unless requested to do so by FSCO.

The application package may be sent to FSCO by email (the preferred method) or mail:

  • Send an email to contactcentre@fsco.gov.on.ca and include "Application for approval as an LLQP course provider" in your subject line. 
  • Mail your application to the following address:

    Attention: Director, Licensing Branch
    Financial Services Commission of Ontario
    P. O. Box 85
    5160 Yonge Street, 4th Floor
    Toronto ON  M2N 6L9

What Happens After an Application is Submitted to FSCO

 
After an application is submitted to FSCO:

  • The application package will be reviewed, along with any information that is received from CISRO.
  • FSCO may request further information or clarification regarding the submission.
  • The applicant will receive a letter from FSCO that specifies if the submission was approved. Your company may not begin to offer the course until you receive this letter.
  • If the submission is approved, the name of the course and a link to the course provider's website will be added to a list of approved LLQP courses on FSCO's website.

FSCO's Review and Approval  

 
When FSCO reviews an application package, it will consider factors such as whether:

  • All of the required information has been provided;
  • There is a reasonable explanation for any discrepancies between the information that was provided to CISRO and to FSCO;
  • There is complete coverage of the LLQP competencies, as described in the course outline;
  • The proposed method(s) of achieving the learning objectives appear to be effective in preparing students for the LLQP examination;
  • The required hours of study appear to be realistic and adequate; and
  • The policies and procedures provide a fair and legitimate learning experience for candidates.
If all of the required information is provided, applicants will generally be notified of FSCO's decision within 21 calendar days.

If the application package requires clarification or is missing any required information, FSCO will follow up with the main contact for the potential course provider. The application's status will remain "incomplete" until FSCO is satisfied that the necessary information and clarification have been provided. 

FSCO reserves the right to:

  • consider any other factors;
  • change, amend or add additional criteria as it deems necessary;
  • revoke approval at any time;
  • request copies of the course materials for review;
  • request information about student pass rates;
  • audit the course at any time and require remedial actions; and
  • share information about the course and course provider with other CISRO members.

Questions?

 

For more information about the approval process, please read our FAQs for Potential LLQP Course Providers.


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