(a) Any individual licensed in this state as an insurance producer or service representative for the lines of insurance listed in subsection (b), and not exempt under subsection (c), shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of 24 classroom hours of courses, programs of instruction, or seminars as may be approved by the commissioner pursuant to this chapter, three hours of which shall be on the topic of insurance producer ethics, reported to the commissioner on a biennial basis in conjunction with the license renewal cycle. No person licensed for more than one line of authority shall be required to complete a greater number of classroom hours than is required of a person holding a license for a single line of authority.
(b) This chapter shall apply to all individuals licensed in this state as insurance producers and service representatives for the following kinds of insurance:
(1) The life lines of authority.
(2) The property lines of authority.
(3) All other lines of insurance for which an examination is required for licensing.
(4) Any combination thereof.
(c) The continuing education requirements of this chapter shall not apply to:
(1) Any person exempt from licensing pursuant to subsection (b) of Section 27-3-27.
(2) Any person licensed only for any kind or kinds of insurance for which an examination is not required by law of this state.
(3) Any person licensed only for limited lines insurance.
(4) Newly licensed producers and service representatives for 12 months following the effective date of their license.
(d) In lieu of the 24 hours required in subsection (a), any producer or service representative employed by another producer or by an insurer to work only in the office of the employer and who is not licensed as a nonresident in any other state shall satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 classroom hours biennially, two hours of which shall be on the topic of insurance producer ethics.
(e) Any individual exempt from the requirements of this section immediately prior to January 1, 2013, shall continue to be exempt from the requirements of this section after January 1, 2013, as long as the individual remains exempt as set forth in this section as it existed immediately prior to January 1, 2013, unless the license is permitted to expire or is otherwise terminated and remains out of effect for a period of 12 consecutive months, in which case the exemption shall no longer be applicable.