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Background

National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) performs two functions delegated to it under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Certification of Associated Persons in the Securities Markets) SEBI (CAPSM) Regulations, 2007. They are:

  • Offering mandatory Certification Examinations for Associated Persons in the Securities Market Intermediaries
  • Offering Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Programs for Associated Persons in the Securities Market Intermediaries
  • The e-CPE Programs is to be taken in NISM accredited test centres.
  • NISM has accredited test administrators with presence at various locations across the country, however, at present e-CPE for Mutual fund Distributors is available at NISM’s Vashi centre, on pilot basi.
  • Duration of MFD e-CPE is of four hours approximately.
  • After verifying that Candidates have successfully completed the e-CPE Program, NISM shall issue a new Certificate for a period of three years from the date of the Program or revalidate an existing Certificate for a period of three years from its date of expiry.

NISM e-CPE for Mutual Fund Distributors

In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-regulation (1) of Regulation (9) of SEBI (Certification of Associated Persons in the Securities Markets) Regulations, 2007, NISM specifies the Continuing Professional Education Program for Associated Person holding a valid certificate of either the AMFI Mutual Fund (Advisors) Module (till May 31, 2010) offered by Association of Mutual Funds in India or the ‘NISM-Series-V (a): Mutual Fund Distributors Certification Examination.

(Refer SEBI Notification No. LAD-NRO/GN/2010-11/09/6422 dated May 31, 2010)

Accordingly, an Associated Person (distributors, agents or any persons employed or engaged or to be employed or engaged in the sale and/or distribution of mutual fund products) holding any of the following:

(a) NISM Series V (a): Mutual Fund Distributors Certification Examination

(b) NISM Series V (a): Mutual Fund Distributors Continuing Professional Education

(c) AMFI Mutual Fund (Advisors) Module

(d) IICM: Refresher Course on Mutual Funds

(e) CIEL: Refresher Course on Mutual Funds

and the validity of which has not expired, can revalidate his/her Certificate for a period of three years from its date of expiry by successfully completing NISM Series V (a):Mutual Fund Distributors Continuing Professional Education Program as specified by NISM during 12 months preceding the date of expiry of the Certificate.

An Associated Person holding a valid ARN Card can obtain the NISM Series V (a) Mutual Fund Distributors Continuing Professional Education Certificate for the first time by successfully completing NISM Series V (a): Mutual Fund Distributors Continuing Professional Education Program as specified by NISM, during 12 months preceding the date of expiry of the ARN Card.

Also, Associated Person belonging to the Grandfather* Category can obtain the NISM Series V (a) Mutual Fund Distributors Continuing Professional Education Certificate for the first time by successfully completing NISM Series V (a) Mutual Fund Distributors Continuing Professional Education Program as specified by NISM.

Note: Associated Person not belonging to the Grandfather category, whose Certificate and ARN have expired, will have to pass the NISM-Series-V-A: Mutual Fund Distributors Certification Examination to obtain a new Certificate.

Design of the e-CPE Program for Mutual Fund Distributors

Name of eCPE Duration Fees Validity Mode Of Delivery
eCPE for Mutual Fund Distributors 4 Hours Rs 2500/- 3 Years NISM Test Centres

 

 

Note: The content and duration of the e-CPE Programs shall be specified from time to time, by NISM for each e-CPE Program specific to each Certification Examination.

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*Grandfather: Any person who has completed the age of 50 years as onMay 31, 2010 or who has an experience of 10 years or more as a distributor, agent or any person employed or engaged in the sale and/or distribution of Mutual Fund products, as on May 31, 2010,can be classified under the Grandfather Category.

 

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