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Professional Titles of Registered Life Underwriter and Chartered Life Underwriter

The Chambre is keen to offer an updated program leading to the professionnal titles of R.L.U. and C.L.U. to its members who practice in Insurance of Persons or in Group Insurance of Persons, helping them develop a state-of-the-art expertise in their respective fields. Consequently, the Chambre is currently rethinking the learning program and reevaluating the courses that make it.

In order to give its members who hold a licence in insurance of persons or in group insurance the opportunity to gain greater expertise in their area of practice, the Chambre de la sécurité financière exclusively confers two professional titles: chartered life underwriter (C.L.U.) and registered life underwriter (R.L.U.). These titles guarantee a member’s expertise and reputation and can be earned only after completing a highly demanding learning program.

Learning Program

The program leading to the title of registered life underwriter (R.L.U.) consists of:

  • Eight university courses totalling 24 credits, i.e. 810 professional development units (PDUs*);
  • The ten training activities in the Les concepts en assurance de personnes (only available in French)] program developed by the CSF and totalling 51 PDUs.

The program leading to the title of chartered life underwriter (C.L.U.) consists of:

  • Sixteen university courses totalling 48 credits, i.e., 1,530 PDUs*.
  • The ten training activities in the Les concepts en assurance de personnes (only available in French) developed by the CSF and totalling 51 PDUs.

* One PDU represents one hour of training. Given that a three-credit university course represents 45 hours of in-class learning and 45 hours of homework, the CSF grants 90 PDUs for a three-credit university course.

Objectives

The university training leading to the titles of C.L.U. and R.L.U. promotes the development of knowledge about estate and tax planning as well as insurance and financial products for individuals and businesses, and provides more in-depth knowledge about disability and critical illnesses insurance, group insurance and investments.

The program Les concepts en assurance de personnes was designed to hone the knowledge of financial security advisers regarding the various products available on the market and to develop their ability to identify and analyze financial needs so they can make recommendations that best suit their clients’ requirements.

University Program

The following tables indicate, for each professional title, the subjects that must be covered over the course of the university program.

Course titles may vary from one university to another. It is therefore important, when selecting courses, to ensure their content matches the contents described in the tables below.

REGISTERED LIFE UNDERWRITER (R.L.U.) AND CHARTERED LIFE UNDERWRITER (C.L.U.)

Subject Content covered
Accounting Basic principles of financial statements. Analysis and interpretation of financial statements. Accounting transactions. Budgetary income.
Legal aspects Study of the legal principles regarding the different forms of businesses, marriage, matrimonial regimes, the law of wills and estates, trusts, mandates given in anticipation of incapacity..
Economics Introduction to economic analysis. Supply and demand. Market structures. Income and consumption. Investments. Inflation.
Financial management Mathematics and financial management. Financial analysis and forecasting. Investments and cost of capital.
Taxation of individuals Taxation of individuals. Calculation and taxation of income and capital gains. Governmental plans and deferred plans.
Taxation of corporations Taxation of corporations. Taxation of income. Rules applicable upon death. Taxation of trusts.
Insurance and annuities Understanding the principles of risk management. Understanding annuities and life insurance, accident and health insurance and property insurance products.
Investment funds and financial products Overview of the investment sector (products and markets), with an emphasis on investment funds and how to evaluate client objectives.

CHARTERED LIFE UNDERWRITER (C.L.U.) ONLY (CONTINUED)

Retirement and estate planning Élaborer un plan de retraite répondant aux besoins du client. Les régimes de pension et de retraite. Les rentes. Les transferts du patrimoine avant et après le décès (individu et société).
Client solicitation strategy Knowledge of market concepts, market segmentation, market opportunity. Marketing strategy.
Financial planning for individuals Needs analysis. Balance sheet. Client objectives. Tax considerations. Investment methods and strategies.
Managing a financial services firm Knowledge of mission and objectives. Preparing a plan of operation. Distribution and quality of services offered.
Insurance law Formation and performance of insurance contracts: effective date of insurance, cover note, policy substitution, insurable interest, misrepresentation and concealment, designation of beneficiary, transfer, reinstatement and unseizability of contracts.
Estate planning (advanced) Practical analysis of various aspects of estate planning: shareholders’ agreements, estate planning for individuals, succession planning, post-mortem planning.
Retirement planning (advanced) Practical analysis of various aspects of retirement planning: advanced capital accumulation strategies, advanced capital utilization strategies, evaluation of early retirement offers.
One course from among the following:
Types of financial products II Applying theoretical concepts in order to make appropriate recommendations, specifically for asset allocation and portfolio planning.
Group insurance Preparing a group insurance recommendation. Knowing the various group insurance products and their characteristics. Ratemaking. Administration of plans. Claims experience reports. Tax and legal considerations.
Disability Improving knowledge of group insurance. Products, disability endorsements and options, tax and legal considerations, processing of claims.

Conditions for Obtaining a Professional Title

To apply for a professional title, a candidate must hold a licence in insurance of persons or in group insurance of persons.

Applying for a professional title

Evaluation of Your Academic Record and Recognition of University Equivalence

If you have already taken several of these courses and would like your academic record to be evaluated in order to know which courses will be recognized and which ones you will have to take, please send your course transcript to the Coordinator of Professional Development as indicated below.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the professional development coordinator at 514-282-5777, or toll-free at 1-800-361-9989.