The Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of New Jersey (IIABNJ) announces the launch of a new US Veterans Pre-Licensing Program designed to support the men and women of our armed forces and assist them in finding post-military careers. IIABNJ’s U.S. Veterans Pre-Licensing Program includes an online Property/Casualty Pre-Licensing Course, the New Jersey State Licensing Exam, the Initial Insurance License, a Pre-Employment Assessment Test, and access to a robust Career Center, all free of charge.
“John F. Kennedy said ‘As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them’. In that same spirit, I am thrilled to announce that IIABNJ is coming alongside our veterans and offering honorably discharged US Veterans the opportunity to receive their New Jersey insurance license for free,” said Frank Jones, IIABNJ chairman. “In an industry that is full of opportunity to make a difference, and make a living, we are excited to do what we can to help our nation’s heroes find a great career during their civilian life.”
To gain access to the program, veterans will need to visit one of twelve verification locations throughout New Jersey. Each veteran is required to provide current photo identification, honorable discharge papers (DD 214 form), proof of New Jersey residency, and a current resume. Upon verification, veterans will receive complimentary access to the online course, which is required prior to taking the state exam. Upon completion of the course, veterans may proceed to take the state exam and subsequently apply for their initial license; both of which are refundable by IIABNJ upon completion.
“The fact that the course is online gives veterans the opportunity to take the class on their own time, at their own pace, instead of having to make time in their busy day-to-day for a traditional classroom course,” said Sheri Acconzo, president and CEO of IIABNJ.
In addition to showing support for the men and women who have served our country, IIABNJ’s Veterans Pre-Licensing Program also serves a need facing the industry. “Hiring a veteran is the perfect way to assist with perpetuation problems many agencies face today,” said Acconzo. “By properly training our veterans, we are not only giving them a strong start to their civilian careers, but we are adding intelligent future leaders to the industry’s workforce.”
IABNJ is in the process of developing relationships with associations, government departments, and programs that serve veterans across the state to help bring this opportunity to as many of New Jersey’s veterans as possible.
“IIABNJ represents over 450 Trusted Choice independent insurance agencies statewide,” said Jones. “It is our hope to not only be able to assist these men and women with their license, but to help them find a career within the system once they have completed the program.”