Most of us, in any field of work, would notice a sign of trouble if only 30% of job applicants made the cut for a new job.
Alberta insurance companies,are concerned with the pass rate for the Level 1 insurance license test.
"Being in a smaller community you don't normally find people who are a general Level 1 license." Branch Manager of Western Financial, Roxanne Clark explained, "In the city, you have a lot more competition."
"With the Alberta Insurance Council, they did change their exam about three and a half years ago." Clark revealed, "They made it really difficult. It went from an almost 80% pass rate to the 36% that it is now."
She says insurance companies in Alberta are doing their best to single out how to fix the problem, whether it be revising the test or preparing examinees with study material that can be more easily absorbed.
"We have lost some great people just because they were unable to pass that test," noted Clark. "It is a hard test."
If you are seeking employment within the insurance industry, Clark adds your best bet is to study hard and prepare for the Level 1 license.