Become an Agent

Selection Process

The process for becoming an Approved Candidate for a State Farm agency takes about six to eight weeks. Once selected for a specific opportunity, the licensing and training process takes about six to nine months.

1. Questionnaire

A screening tool called the Sales & Leadership Career Profile (SLCP) is designed to predict the likelihood of success in a sales production and business leadership career. This questionnaire considers the following about you and your experiences:

  • Background
  • Current situation
  • Financial situation
  • Recruiting experience
  • Work preferences, goals, and motivations
  • Familiarity with the career
  • Energy
  • Business leadership aptitude

You must achieve an acceptable rating on this questionnaire in order to move to the next step in the Agency Career Track (ACT) process.

A “not acceptable” rating requires the candidate wait 12 months before trying again.

2. Assessment

An assessment tool designed to identify candidates who possess a key set of knowledge, skills, abilities and other attributes critical to success as a State Farm Agent.

You must achieve an acceptable rating on this assessment in order to move to the next step in the Agency Career Track (ACT) process.

A “not acceptable” rating requires the candidate wait 12 months before trying again.

3. Candidate Review

Standard reviews of your credit report, work history and motor vehicle records to determine your eligibility for meeting employment, state/provincial and federal licensing and sponsorship requirements.

An acceptable background check allows you to move to the next step in the Agency Career Track (ACT) process.

4. Career Understanding

A web-based experience designed to help you better understand the activities and career of a State Farm Agent through learning modules and videos. Included in this component are e-mail and chat tools that allow you to connect with State Farm contacts and other agency candidates.

Successful completion of all Career Understanding components allows you to move to the next step in the Agency Career Track (ACT) process.

5. Business Proposal Presentation and Approval Decision

You will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge of the agency opportunity and your learning’s from Career Understanding through the creation and presentation of a business proposal to a market area Field Leader.

The Field Leader will evaluate your business proposal and determine your approval status.

If approved, you join the Approved Candidate pool for 24-36 months and are eligible for agent career opportunities that may develop during that time.

6. Posting and Site Interview

As part of the Approved Candidate pool, you have access to view agency opportunities. Once you decide to compete for an open agent opportunity, you may be invited to an interview with Field Leadership involved in the selection of new agents in their market areas. If selected, a job offer is made contingent upon a clear background check and drug screen (U.S. only).

7. Licensing and Internship

Once selected for licensing and internship, you become a paid, full-time employee of State Farm. Licensing occurs at the beginning of internship, which lasts about six to nine months. Internship includes self-study, classroom training, field development involving hands on experience with a State Farm agent and opportunity to locate and set-up your office.