Producer Certification FAQ’s
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- How does a producer become certified with TAIPA?
- Who is eligible for certification with TAIPA?
- Is there a fee for certification?
- What revisions of the application form are acceptable?
- Since I’m licensed with the Texas Department of Insurance, am I automatically certified to submit business through TAIPA?
- What if I don’t want to become certified? Can I still send TAIPA applications?
- How do I know what type of license I hold or if my license is current?
- Can a solicitor obtain certification with TAIPA?
- Can a solicitor submit applications for assignment on behalf of the principal producer?
- What if I don’t have an active company appointment?
- What if I want to place all my business through TAIPA instead of my standard carrier?
- May a certified producer issue ID cards?
- What is TAIPA’s electronic binding procedure?
- When was TAIPA’s Producer Certification Program implemented?
- What sort of education and training resources does TAIPA have available for certified producers and their staff?
- What if I have further questions regarding TAIPA’s Producer Certification Program?
Questions & Answers
In order to become certified with TAIPA, producers must complete TAIPA’s Application for Certification and return it to the TAIPA office, with a copy of the current producer’s license from the Texas Department of Insurance. Back to index
Private passenger applications must be submitted on the 01/2011 revision of the application.
Public and commercial applications must be submitted on the 01/2011 revision of
the application. Back to index
No, TAIPA is an administrative service office; we are not an insurance company. The certification process is different from the state licensing and company appointment process. Back to index
What if I don’t want to become certified? Can I still send TAIPA applications?Any producer licensed in the state of Texas may submit applications to TAIPA, regardless of TAIPA certification status; however, the assigned carrier will require that the producer of record named on the policy be certified with TAIPA. The advantages to becoming a TAIPA-certified producer are:
- Only certified producers may use the Electronic Application
Submission interface (EASi) to bind coverage.
Only certified producers receive commission on applications written through TAIPA.
Only certified producers may service the policy once issued by a carrier.
There’s really no reason not to get certified by TAIPA; it’s a simple process.
Solicitors are ineligible for certification with TAIPA. The producer for which a solicitor acquires business may be eligible for certification. Back to index
If the principal producer is certified with TAIPA, then the solicitor may service assignments through TAIPA on behalf of the certified producer. Back to index
As TAIPA is an avenue of last resort, producers must hold an active company appointment in order to obtain certification with TAIPA. Back to index
TAIPA is an avenue of last resort; insureds are required to be rejected by at least two primary carriers before considering TAIPA. Back to index
Producers do not have binding authority on TAIPA business. ID Cards may not be issued on TAIPA business without express authorization from the assigned carrier. TAIPA is not an insurance company. If an insured requires proof of insurance, the coverage may be bound through TAIPA’s Electronic Application Submission interface (EASi). Back to index
What is TAIPA’s electronic binding procedure?Using the Electronic Application Submission interface (EASi), certified producers may bind coverage through TAIPA. Access to the EASi binding is located on our website at www.taipa.org.This procedure is discussed in more detail in Bulletin 12. For additional questions regarding the EASi system, please contact the Association office at (512) 444-4441(512) 444-4441or toll free (866)321-9154(866)321-9154. Back to index
Please refer to the Producer Certification Rules of Operation, for specific rules and regulations. Back to index
TAIPA conducts periodic producer training seminars around the state. TAIPA also has a producer training video available. More information is available on the TAIPA > Get Educated! > Training page. Back to index
TAIPA recommends that you first check to make sure your questions are not already answered elsewhere, especially in the TAIPA bulletins , or other areas of this site. If you cannot find an answer, or have additional questions or comments regarding TAIPA’s Producer Certification Program, you may contact TAIPA’s offices in Austin at (512) 444-4441(512) 444-4441 or toll free
(866) 321-9154(866) 321-9154. You can also email TAIPA’s Plan Services Department at, email@example.com.