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MSRB Modifies the Series 52 Qualification Exam

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Posted by: William James, Senior Content Specialist
Published: July 17, 2018

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) filed a proposal with the SEC to modify the Series 52 exam into a specialized knowledge examination, while at the same time recognizing a passing score on FINRA’s Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Examination as a prerequisite. This change will be implemented on October 1, 2018.

Summary: Redundancies in general knowledge content will be eliminated.

The Series 52 exam, in its current format, has general knowledge content that will be tested on the future SIE exam. By accepting FINRA’s new SIE exam and restructuring the Series 52 exam, the MSRB looks to eliminate duplicate testing of general securities knowledge allowing the test to become a more tailored, specialized knowledge exam.

The MSRB will continue to recognize, even as revised, the General Securities Representative Qualification Examination (Series 7) for qualification as a “municipal securities sales limited representative,” and the Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative Examination (Series 6) for qualification as an “investment company/variable contracts limited representative to further regulatory consistency.”

There is no impact to the Series 53 exam.

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