How to become an insurance broker
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards the role
- a graduate training scheme
You could take a degree before applying for a place on an insurance company's training scheme. Relevant degrees include:
- business studies
It will help to get some relevant work experience whilst you're studying, for example through an internship.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
You could get into this this job through an insurance professional higher apprenticeship.
This typically takes about 24 months to complete with a mix of workplace learning and study.
You'll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Employers often prefer to take on trainees with a minimum of GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths, and A levels. IT skills are also important.
You would usually start in one of the following jobs:
- insurance technician
- junior account handler
- trainee broker
You could work your way up to broker as you get experience and insurance industry qualifications, for example, through the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
The CII qualifications offer study units relevant to the insurance areas you specialise in, for example marine, commercial or general insurance. Examples of qualifications include:
- CII Level 3 Certificate in Insurance - for trainee brokers
- CII Diploma in Insurance
- CII Advanced Diploma in Insurance
If you have a degree, you could join a large insurance broking firm's graduate training scheme.
Most degree subjects are accepted, but a business or maths degree may give you an advantage, as there is often a lot of competition for places.
You'll find it useful to have experience in office work, sales or financial customer service.
Professional and industry bodies
You could join the Chartered Insurance Institute for professional development and training opportunities.
You can find out more about working in insurance from the Chartered Insurance Institute and Step Forward.