New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Insurance Examiner

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Grade Upstate Position
Beginning Salary
Upstate Position
Job Rate
Downstate Position*
Beginning Salary
Downstate Position
Job Rate
20-819 Insurance Examiner G-18 $53,339 $67,827 $56,365 $70,853


* Indicates positions in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties. Salaries include an additional annual downstate adjustment of $3,026.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have:

  1. a bachelor's degree and (24 semester credit hours in accounting/auditing) OR a master's degree in accounting, auditing, business administration, economics, finance, or taxation, including or supplemented by (12 semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing.) Certain courses such as business law and accounting information systems, although taken as a part of an accounting curriculum, cannot be counted toward the required 24 credit hours; AND
  2. two years of post degree experience in a professional position in claims, underwriting, ratemaking, or accounting/auditing with an insurance company; or as an insurance adjuster, agent, and/or broker; or as an auditor with a CPA firm with verifiable experience in auditing insurance companies; or in a professional regulatory position with a government insurance department/agency.

No substitutions for these educational or work experience requirements are permitted. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university, or one recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree(s) and/or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency and a course-by-course evaluation. You can contact the NYS Department of Financial Services at (212) 709-5448 for a list of acceptable companies that provide this service. You can also write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service. This information can also be found on the Internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee.


  1. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  2. Documentation must be provided to verify comparability of experience obtained outside of the United States.

The Positions

These positions are in the New York State Department of Financial Services in various locations throughout the state. The majority of the positions are located in Albany and New York City.

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These positions require excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively perform the duties. As an Insurance Examiner, you would be assigned to a field or office position. In the field, you would be part of a team assigned to perform bank reconciliations, test unearned premium reserves, examine stocks and bonds, and review other facets of insurance operations to determine their financial condition and treatment of policy holders. Field positions require extensive travel. If assigned to the office, you would assist in the review of annual statements, the investigation of violations and/or complaints against licensees, and the examination and review of underwriting and rating practices.

Extensive travel may be required, including overnight travel. Appointees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate their ability to meet the transportation needs of the job in carrying out their responsibilities in any location to which travel is required, including some locations not accessible by public transportation. Field work and travel expenses will be reimbursed on a fixed schedule.

Appointment to these positions requires a one-year probationary period. During this probationary period, appointees will be required to successfully complete the Department of Financial Services' training program consisting of classroom instruction, seminars, workshops, relevant examinations, and one professional designation course.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your education and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. Your score will be based on the following information you submit with your application:

A copy of your transcript and a copy of your score from the verbal portion of the SAT, ACT, GMAT, or GRE tests and proof of completion of professional designation courses should be included with your application. It is essential that you describe your education and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor. All statements concerning education and experience are subject to verification. If references fail to respond or give contradictory information, you may be called upon to furnish written verification of the education and experience claimed.

The transcript must show your name, the name of the issuing school, and full course names and grades obtained. Transcripts downloaded from college websites will not be accepted. Transcripts and other documentation submitted will not be returned.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans��� and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into

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How to Apply

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Retest Policy

Qualified candidates may file as frequently as once a year, but a new application and all supplemental information and documentation are required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for one year. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 11/16

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