WebCE Continues to Provide Support Through Coronavirus Outbreak

by Stacey Cessna, WebCE Director of Marketing | Mar 17, 2020
WebCE is committed to the health and safety of our employees, customers, and local communities. We are carefully monitoring federal and local government guidance in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

Rest assured, WebCE’s infrastructure allows for WebCE employees to telework and perform all essential business functions remotely. Our website and all electronic services will remain available 24x7. At this time, we do not see any business risks with regards to the availability of our products or services due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are also working with state representatives, industry associations, and outside vendors to gain knowledge about how this is affecting other areas of our business that we cannot control. We will continue to update our corporate clients and customers as we hear of any impacts pertaining to them.

What we do know:

  • Self-Study Exam Proctor Requirements Waived For Insurance Professionals

    • AL Department of Insurance has waived the self-study CE exam proctoring requirement until the end of December. Bulletin No. 2020-19.
    • AZ Department of Insurance has issued an executive order saying insurance producers do not need to have post-course examinations proctored. Read more.
    • CO Division of Insurance is waiving the proctor requirement for self-study CE exam until 12/31/2020.
    • IA Insurance Licensing Division will be waiving the proctor requirements for self-study CE exams until 3/31/2021. The 18 classroom credits have also been waived. Producers will need 36 credits with 3 of them being ethics.
    • MS Department of Insurance has waived the proctor requirements for self-study CE and exam prep exams until December 31st.
    • MA Division of Insurance has waived the proctor requirements for self-study CE exams through December 31, 2020. Bulletin 2020-12Bulletin 2020-29.
    • MI Department of Insurance and Financial Services will allow CE Providers to accept self-attestation of the completion of CE final exams for online self-study CE courses until further notice. 
    • NE Department of Insurance has extended the waiver of  the proctor requirements for self-study CE exams until December 31, 2020.
    • NJ: On August 10, the NJ DBI signed and released Bulletin No. 20-29 to extend the waiver of monitored self-study continuing education course exams until the state of emergency is over.
    • NV Division of Insurance is waiving the proctor requirement for self-study CE exam until December 31.
    • PA Insurance Department has waived the proctor requirement for self-study CE and PLE until further notice.
    • SC Department of Insurance is waiving the proctor requirement for self-study CE exam until further notice.
    • VT Department of Insurance is waiving the proctoring requirement for self-study CE exams until further notice.
    • WI Department of Insurance is allowing agents to complete online courses without having a physical proctor present for CE and PLE until the state of emergency has been lifted. Agents will be required to complete a CE Attestation of Personal Responsibility Form which will need to be submitted to the provider before they receive credit.
  • Updates for Insurance Professionals

    • AR Department of Insurance issued an executive order stating the final renewal date for individual producers has been extended and individual producer licenses shall not be converted to inactive status for the 45-day period beginning with the date Executive Order 20-25 was issued. Bulletin 22-2020.
    • CO insurance licensees with renewals between 3/31/2020 and 12/31/2020 will have until 12/31/2020 to meet their licence renewal and CE requirements.
    • GA insurance licensee renewal dates have been extended through the end of the year. Bulletin 20-EX-12.
    • IA: Insurance license expiration dates have been extended through the Governor's proclamation. Bulletin 20-05.
    • IN: Insurance licensees IDOI will modify its own internal policies by implementing a 60-day grace period relating to renewals and cancellations for all licensees, certificate holders, and registrants. This includes premium tax and surplus lines premium tax filings. Any penalties assessed due to late payment during this period will be waived. The 60-day extension will also be applied to the Continuing Education (CE) Requirements for insurance producers. Bulletin 252.
    • KY: Department of Insurance will be extending the time requirements for completion and submission of continuing education hours. Beginning with those who had continuing education due by March 31, 2020, and continuing until the month in which the state of emergency ends, licensees will have sixty (60) days following the end of the state of emergency to complete continuing education requirements.  The reporting period of the completion of the continuing hours to the Department is also extended appropriately. This action only extends CE deadlines, and does not extend license renewal deadlines.  License renewal is completed electronically, and currently has a 60-day grace period. DOI Announcement on CE Extensions
    • MA: All individual insurance licenses "in good standing" that expired on or after March 10, 2020, are extended and shall remain valid through December 31, 2020. License renewal and continuing education (CE) requirements have now been extended until December 31. Bulletin 2020-29.
    • MD: All licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the State of Maryland, shall have until the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted to renew their licenses. Read more.
    • NC licensed insurance producers and adjusters whose Continuing Education (CE) compliance period ends in July, August, September, October and November 2020 (based on birth date) will be granted an extension through December 31, 2020 in order to meet the state mandated CE requirements. This includes NC nonresident adjusters with NC as the Designated Home State (DHS).  If the CE requirements are not met by December 31, 2020, the license will be expired.
    • NE: Resident insurance producers expiring in March or April, a 90-day extension for the producer's CE requirement can be granted. To request an extension, producers will need to email a request to [email protected] 
    • OH: Department of Insurance passed HB 197 which extends license expiration dates to be 90 days after the state of emergency has ended or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.
    • OK: All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect. All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order. Read more.
    • PA: Insurance licenses - The Commissioner of the Commonwealth, pursuant to 40 P.S. 310.8(e), will temporarily waive CE requirements for licensees who cannot meet requirements due to extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19. Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, pursuant to 40 P.S. 310.8(e), will also temporarily extend the licensing renewal deadline for licensees impacted by extenuating circumstances related to COVID-19. Read more
    • WY: Insurance licensees - the WY Insurance Department will consider waiving license late/reinstatement fees for licensees who are directly affected by COVID-19 (those who test positive or are a primary care giver of someone who test positive) and are unable to renew their insurance license timely. These requests for exception must be emailed to the Licensing Section - [email protected] and should include the licensee’s name, Wyoming license number, expiration and a brief summary of how their situation requires an exception.
  • Updates for Real Estate Professionals

    • AL: Real Estate license CE deadlines to renew an active real estate license or activate an inactive real estate license for the upcoming renewal period have been extended to December 31, 2020. Read more.
    • IA Real Estate Commission has suspended the live instruction requirement for licensees who renew on 12/31/2020. Frequently Asked Questions about IREC licensing during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Emergency Proclamations in Iowa.
    • KS Real Estate Commission has extended April - August and Oct. 31st renewals to Nov. 15, 2020 per Executive Order 20-64
    • KY: Real Estate license CE deadlines have been extended until the state of emergency is concluded, plus 30 days. 
    • MD: All licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the State of Maryland, shall have until the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted to renew their licenses. Read more.
    • NV: Real Estate licenses renewing between 3/15/2020 and 5/31/2020 have been granted a temporary 90-day extension to complete the live-instruction portion of their CE requirement. 
    • OK: All occupational licenses issued by any agency, board, or commission of the State of Oklahoma that expire during this emergency shall be extended so long as this Order is in effect. All occupational licenses extended during this Order will expire fourteen (14) days following the withdrawal or termination of this Order. Read more.
    • OR: The Oregon Real Estate Agency is currently offering a 30-day extension for the continuing education deadline if you are renewing your license active. August Bulletin
  • Updates for Funeral Professionals

    • CT: Governor Lamont issued Executive Order 7DD suspending the continuing education requirements for funeral directors and embalmers.  Licensees with expiration dates between March 10, 2020 and February 28, 2021 are not required to complete the continuing education required for license renewal.
    • IN: State Board of Funeral and Cemetery Service has waived the maximum number of hours of continuing education that may be obtained through distance learning during the two year period. EO Waiver 001
    • KS: Per the Executive Order No. 20-19, all state agencies shall extend renewal deadlines for any occupational or professional license, certificate, permit, or registration issued by a state agency or any board, commission, division, or other licensing authority within a state agency to any individual, business, or organization, that was in good standing as of March 12, 2020, and that has expired or will expire during the State of Disaster Emergency, and such licenses, certificates, permits, and registrations shall remain valid until 90 days following the termination of the State of Disaster Emergency. The requirement on the maximum of 50% of home study/correspondence courses has been lifted. Individual licenses due March 31, April 30 and May 31, 2020 may submit a maximum of twelve (12) hours of home study/correspondence hours (for embalmers and funeral directors) and a maximum of two (2) hours of home study/correspondence hours for crematory operators. Visit the KS State Board of Mortuary Arts for more information.
    • MD: All licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations issued by the State of Maryland, shall have until the 30th day after the state of emergency is lifted to renew their licenses. Read more.
    • ME Licensed funeral practitioners will not be required to complete the twelve (12) hours of continuing education required for renewal of their license in February 2021. Executive Order #9
    • NE Department of Health and Human Services will not enforce any limit on the number of continuing education hours obtained online or by home study for renewal or reinstatement of any type of license during the State Declaration of Public Health Emergency. Continuing Competency Wavier FAQs
    • NM Funeral Licensees will be given a 3 month extension on completing their CE requirement when the public health emergency is lifted. Public Notice
    • NC Board of Funeral Directors has waived the 2-hour limit for online continuing education instruction and will now permit all 5 hours of the mandatory CE instruction to be completed online. The waiver applies only to Continuing Education requirements for the 2021 renewal period which means that licensees may complete their 5-hour CE requirement through December 31, 2020, via online instruction. Licensee Advisory
    • OH Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors confirmed that it is a hardship to obtain In Person hours at this time and has decided to exempt the In Person, face to face requirement for the current Compliance Period (12-31-2020). All 18 hours can now be acquired through Approved Webinars and Online Programs. OBDFE News. 
    • TX Funeral Service Commission has suspended the 4-hour in person CE requirements for those renewing June 30th and beyond. 
  • Updates for CPA and Tax Professionals

    • NASBA Updates on the Impacts of COVID-19
    • AL Board of Accountancy has removed the self-study CPE limitations until further notice.
    • CA Department of Consumer Affairs extended the deadline to complete required continuing education (CE) for licensees of the CBA (and various other DCA boards) whose license expired in March, April, or May 2020. These licensees who have yet to complete their required CE and submit their CE worksheet to the CBA have until November 4, 2020 to do so.
    • CT Board of Accountancy has extended all CPE reporting periods to 12/31/2020. 
    • FL Florida Board of Accountancy approved emergency rule 61H1ER20-5 at its meeting on May 15, 2020. The emergency rule waived the additional continuing education hours required when a current active CPA uses the automatic extension process. This effectively moved the June 30 2020 deadline for completing continuing education requirements to December 31, 2020 with no additional hours required.
    • IA Accountancy Examining Board has lifted the limit of online self-study for the period of time as allowed by the Governor. Now through December 10, 2020, 100% of continuing education acquired may be online self-study. This provision may be extended for a longer period of time. Read notice on Board website.
    • LA State Board of CPAshas granted all Louisiana CPAs an extension of time to earn and report 2020 required CPE hours. The extended due date to earn 2020 CPE hours, including the Board-approved Professional Ethics required for the 2020 report year, is June 30, 2021.All 2020 CPE must be reported by July 15, 2021. 2020 CPE Deadlines extended by the Board. 
    • MS Board of Accountancy voted to extend the deadline on the current CPE period from June 30, 2020 until October 31, 2020. This blanket extension will provide our licensees with 16 months to obtain the required 40 hours of CPE. Accordingly, the online CPE reporting due date will be extended from August 1, 2020 until December 1, 2020. Additionally, carryover hours into the subsequent 8-month CPE period (scheduled to end on June 30, 2021), has been increased from 20 hours to a 40 hour maximum. Read the notice on Board website.
    • NH Office of Professional Licensure and Certification has waived all CPE requirements for licensees scheduled to renew between March 13 and December 31, 2020. Emergency Order #29
    • PA: The governor has granted a suspension of the restriction limiting the number of hours a licensee was allowed to complete through online self-study classes. For the current biennial renewal period, all licensees are permitted to complete the full 80 hours of continuing education online, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing-Education Restrictions Suspended for Licensed Professionals
    • TX: State Board of Accountancy has granted a 90-day extension for completing CPE. However, the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy still encourages licensees to complete their CPE as soon as possible. Read more.

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Last Updated: November 30, 2020