Pennsylvania Life and Health Insurance Exam

Life & Health Exam Need of a License: An individual who is acting as an agent or producer needs a license to sell life and health insurance in Pennsylvania.

Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

Qualifications to receive a License: Individuals who wish to obtain an insurance license in the State of Pennsylvania:
1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
2. Be a resident of Pennsylvania.
3. Complete education requirements.
4. Pay fees and pass the examination.
5. Complete fingerprinting requirement.
6. Apply for a license.
Completing Prelicensing Education Requirements: Initial insurance producer applicants must first complete 24 hours of pre-licensing education credits. A listing of approved courses can be obtained at

Applying for the Producer Exam:  Examinations are administered by the independent testing service, PSI. Registration and examination information can be found in the Candidate Information Bulletin, which should be reviewed thoroughly prior to registering for the exam. Register and schedule an exam here. You may also register and schedule your examination by phone or fax. Please see the Candidate Information Bulletin for further details. Direct all questions and requests for information about exams to:

PSI Services LLC 
3210 E Tropicana
Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone:  (800) 733-9267
Fax:  (702) 932-2666

Test Information: Each exam will cover the Pennsylvania statutes and general principles sections, as well as the specific content for each line. Be sure to review the appropriate exam content outline to determine what topics are covered in the comprehensive exams. At the end of your exam, your score will be shown on the screen and you will receive a printed score report. The report indicates your overall score and grade, including the numerical percentage of questions answered correctly and whether you passed or failed. The Candidate Information Bulletin contains specific content information beyond the following general outlines:
Pennsylvania Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Agent Examination
Series 16-03 (150 questions – 2.5 hour time limit)
1.0 Insurance Regulation 8%
1.1 Licensing
1.2 State regulation
1.3 Federal regulation
2.0 General Insurance 6%
2.1 Concepts
2.2 Insurers
2.3 Agents and general rules of agency
2.4 Contracts
3.0 Life Insurance Basics 8%
3.1 Insurable interest (3205)
3.2 Personal uses of life insurance
3.3 Determining amount of personal life insurance
3.4 Business uses of life insurance
3.5 Differences in life insurance policies
3.6 Factors in premium determination
3.7 Premiums
3.8Licensee responsibilities
3.9 Individual underwriting by the insurer
4.0 Life Insurance Policies 11%
4.1 Term life insurance
4.2 Whole life insurance
4.3 Flexible premium policies
4.4 Specialized policies
4.5 Group life insurance
5.0 Life Insurance Policy Provisions, Options and Riders 11%
5.1 Required provisions
5.2 Beneficiaries
5.3 Settlement options
5.4 Nonforfeiture options
5.5 Policy loan and withdrawal options
5.6 Dividend options
5.7 Disability riders
5.8 Accelerated (living) benefit provisions/riders
5.9 Riders covering additional insureds
5.10 Riders affecting the death benefit amount
6.0 Annuities 8%
6.1 Annuity principles and concepts
6.2 Immediate versus deferred annuities
6.3 Annuity (benefit) payment options
6.4 Annuity products
6.5 Personal Uses of annuities
7.0 Federal Tax Considerations for Life Insurance and Annuities 4%
7.1 Taxation of personal life insurance
7.2 Modified endowment contracts (MECs)
7.3 Taxation of non-qualified annuities
7.4 Taxation of individual retirement plans
7.5 Rollovers and transfers (IRAs and qualified plans)
7.6 Section 1035 exchanges
8.0 Qualified Plans 2%
8.1 General requirements
8.2 Federal tax considerations
8.3 Plan types, characteristics and purchasers
8.4 Special rules for life insurance
9.0 Health Insurance Basics 7%
9.1 Definitions of perils
9.2 Principal types of losses and benefits
9.3 Classes of health insurance policies
9.4 Limited policies
9.5 Common exclusions from coverage
9.6 Producer responsibilities in individual health insurance
9.7 Individual underwriting by the insurer
9.8 Considerations in replacing health insurance
10.0 Individual Health Insurance Policy General Provisions 5%
10.1 Required provisions
10.2 Other provisions
10.3 Other general provisions
11.0 Disability Income and Related Insurance 4%
11.1 Qualifying for disability benefits
11.2 Individual disability income insurance
11.3 Unique aspects of individual disability underwriting
11.4 Group disability income insurance
11.5 Business disability insurance
11.6 Social Security disability
12.0 Medical Plans 7%
12.1 Medical plan concepts
12.2 Types of providers and plans
12.3 Cost containment in health care delivery
12.4 Pennsylvania mandated benefits (individual and group)
12.5 HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements
13.0 Group Health Insurance 6%
13.1 Characteristics of group insurance
13.2 Types of eligible groups
13.3 Marketing considerations
13.4 Employer group health insurance
13.5 Regulation of employer group insurance plans
14.0 Dental Insurance 1%
14.1 Categories of dental treatment
14.2 Indemnity plans
14.3 Employer group dental expense
15.0 Insurance for Senior Citizens and Special Needs Individuals 7%
15.1 Medicare
15.2 Medicare supplements
15.3 Other options for individuals with Medicare
15.4 Long-term care (LTC) insurance
16.0 Federal Tax Considerations for Health Insurance 5%
16.1 Personally-owned health insurance
16.2 Employer group health insurance
16.3 Business disability insurance
16.4 Health Spending Accounts
Direct additional questions about licensure to:
Pennsylvania Insurance Department
Bureau of Licensing and Enforcement
1209 Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120
Phone: 717.787.3840 or 866-283-7848
Fax: 717.787.8553
Web site:

License Renewal Requirements: Renewals of Individual Producer licenses are annually or biannually, depending upon the license type, and there is a continuing education requirement.

Applicable Regulations: Life and health insurance agents in Pennsylvania are regulated by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department.

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