For more information call Yasmin Virji at 604-218-1783 or e-mail

Whether you are new to the general insurance industry, or a support employee at an insurance company, brokerage, or adjusting firm, the General Insurance Essentials Course is your gateway to a rewarding career in the growing and diverse fields of insurance.

The training provided in the General Insurance Essentials Course (GIE) covers all the fundamentals for beginning students and fulfills the requirements of the Insurance Council of BC for obtaining a Level 1 Salesperson/Adjuster license. Langara College CS offers this course in partnership with the Insurance Institute of British Columbia (IIBC), and in conjunction with the Insurance Institute of Canada (

Graduates will become members of the IIBC, and they will be awarded their certificate by the IIBC. The course also prepares students to write the in-class GIE final exam, which is included as part of the course fee. They may also apply for equivalency credit towards the Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation program of the Insurance Institute of Canada.

Once the training and exam are completed, students must obtain the sponsorship (employment) from a licensed insurance agency or adjusting firm in order to get a Level 1 license from the IIBC. They must apply for the license from the Insurance Council within one year of passing the GIE exam.

Required textbooks are available from the Langara College Bookstore (General Insurance Essentials  Part 1 and Part 2) and are not included in course tuition fee.  

For more detailed information about the GIE, and to learn about other designations in the insurance industry, visit the IIBC website. IIBC membership fee is $90.