The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) recently adopted a new rule that will require Investment Advisor Representatives (“IARs”) to complete 12 credit hours of Continuing Education annually, 6 for IAR Ethics and Professional Responsibility Requirements and 6 for IAR Products and Practice Requirements. This will be the first time IARs have been subject to Continuing Education and as NASAA president Lisa A. Hopkins states, is intended to “promote heightened regulatory compliance while also helping investment adviser representatives better serve their clients by remaining knowledgeable of current regulatory requirements and best practices.”
The Securities Industry/Regulatory Council on Continuing Education (CE Council) recently presented a proposal to FINRA regarding Continuing Education (CE) requirements. The request for comments expires on April 20, 2020.
FINRA initiated a retrospective review of the annual compliance meeting (“ACM”) requirement in April 2018. The findings were published on October 18, 2019 in FINRA Regulatory Notice 19-34. Although the final assessment indicates that they are determined to maintain the ACM requirement without change, the Notice did provide additional guidance on fulfilling the requirements.
It’s 2020 and as the new year rolls in, so does annual training planning. Rule 3110(a)(7) requires each Registered Person to participate, at least annually, in an interview or meeting which discusses compliance matters relevant to their activities. Read More…
FINRA Rule 1250(b) discusses FINRA’s Firm Element continuing education requirements. Firm Element continuing education requirements apply to “covered persons”, which is defined as registered persons – including salespeople, traders, sales assistants, investment company shareholder servicing agents, investment bankers, and others who have direct contact with public customers in the conduct of a securities sales, trading, or investment banking business – and their immediate supervisors. The term “customer” in the definition of covered persons includes retail, institutional, and investment banking customers, but does not apply to other broker-dealers. Member firms are required to analyze and evaluate their training needs in light of the firm’s size, organizational structure, scope of business, and types of products and services offered, as well as regulatory developments and the performance of its registered persons pursuant to the Regulatory Element of FINRA Rule 1250(a).