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:
NISM Series X-A: Investment adviser (Level 1) CPE
In exercise of the powers conferred by Sub-regulation (1) of Regulation (9) of the SEBI (Certification of Associated Persons in the Securities Markets) Regulations 2007, NISM specifies the CPE Program for ‘NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination’, for the purpose of revalidation of the Certificate.
(Refer SEBI Notification No. LAD/NRO-GN/13/6109 dated June 19, 2013)
Accordingly, any person holding any of the following Certificates:
(a) NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination
(b) NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Continuing Professional Education
(c) NISM Certified Personal Financial Advisor Examination
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 X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Continuing Professional Education Program as specified by NISM during 12 months preceding the date of expiry of the Certificate.
Also, Investment Advisors and their Associated Person (representatives and partners offering investment advise) belonging to the Principal* or the Grandfather** Category can obtain a Certificate for the first time by successfully completing NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Continuing Professional Education Program as specified by NISM.
Note: Associated Person not belonging to either the Principal or the Grandfather Category, whose Certificate has expired, will have to pass the NISM Series X-A: Investment Adviser (Level 1) Certification Examination to obtain a new Certificate.
Design of the CPE Program
Note: The content and duration of the CPE Programs shall be specified from time to time, by NISM for each CPE Program specific to each Certification Examination.
Validity of the Certificate
The Validity of the Certificate obtained by attending a Continuing Professional Education Program is for a period of three years from the date of expiry of any of the above mentioned Certificates for Participants belonging to the ‘General’ Category and for a period of three years or for a period of three years from the date of the Program for Participants belonging to the ‘Principal’ / ‘Grandfather by Age’ / ‘Grandfather by Experience’ Category.
*Principal: Any person who is actively engaged in the management of a SEBI registered Broker / Depository Participant / Merchant Banker / Underwriter / Banker to the Issue / Debenture Trustee / Credit Rating Agency including supervision, solicitation, conduct of business, that is a Proprietor / Sole Proprietor / Partner / Managing Partner / Chairman / Director / Executive Director / Whole Time Director / Chief Executive Officer and performs the functions of a Compliance Officer, can be classified under the Principal Category.
**Grandfather: Any associated person, other than Principal, who has completed the age of 50 years as on June 19, 2013 can be classified under the Grandfather Category.