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10 Pa. Code § 303.032. Examination requirements for investment advisers and investment adviser representatives.

§ 303.032. Examination requirements for investment advisers and investment adviser representatives.

 (a)  Examination requirements. To be registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative under the act, an individual shall meet one of the following examination requirements:

   (1)  The individual, on or after January 1, 2000, and within 2 years immediately before the date of filing an application with the Department, received a passing grade on The Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination (Series 65), or successor examination.

   (2)  The individual, on or after January 1, 2000, and within 2 years immediately before the date of filing an application with the Department, received a passing grade on the:

     (i)   General Securities Representative Examination (Series 7) administered by FINRA.

     (ii)   Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66) or successor examinations.

   (3)  The individual, on or after January 1, 2000:

     (i)   Received a passing grade on either the Series 65 examination or passing grades on both the Series 7 and Series 66 examinations.

     (ii)   Has not had a lapse in registration as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in any state other than this Commonwealth for a period exceeding 2 years immediately before the date of filing an application with the Department.

 (b)  Grandfathering.

   (1)  Compliance with subsection (a) is waived if the individual meets the following conditions:

     (i)   The individual, before January 1, 2000, received a passing grade on the Series 2, 7, 8 or 24 examination for registered representatives or supervisors administered by FINRA and the Series 65 or Series 66 examinations.

     (ii)   The individual has not had a lapse in employment as an investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or principal or agent of a broker-dealer for any consecutive period exceeding 2 years immediately preceding the date of filing an application with the Department.

   (2)  Compliance with subsection (a) is waived if the individual meets the following conditions:

     (i)   The individual, before January 1, 2000, was registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in any state requiring the licensing, registration or qualification of investment advisers or investment adviser representatives.

     (ii)   The individual has not had a lapse in registration as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in another state for any consecutive period exceeding 2 years immediately preceding the date of filing an application with the Department.

 (c)  Waivers of exam requirements. Compliance with subsection (a) is waived if:

   (1)  The individual meets the following conditions:

     (i)   The individual does not have a disciplinary history which requires an affirmative response to Items 23A—E or Item 23H of The Uniform Application for Securities Industry Registration or Transfer (Form U-4) or successor items thereto.

     (ii)   The individual has been awarded any of the following designations which, at the time of filing of the application with the Department, is current and in good standing:

       (A)   Certified Financial Planner (CFP) awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

       (B)   Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) or Master of Science and Financial Services (MSFS) awarded by the American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

       (C)   Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) awarded by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts.

       (D)   Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) awarded by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

       (E)   Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) awarded by the Investment Counsel Association of America, Inc.

   (2)  The individual is licensed as a certified public accountant, is currently in good standing and does not have a disciplinary history that requires an affirmative response to Items 14A—E or Item 14H of Form U-4 or successor items thereto, and has notified the Department that the individual is eligible for a waiver of the examination requirement imposed by subsection (a).

   (3)  The individual is licensed as an attorney, is currently in good standing and does not have a disciplinary history that requires an affirmative response to Items 14A—E or Item 14H of Form U-4 or successor items thereto, and has notified the Department that the individual is eligible for a waiver of the examination requirement imposed by subsection (a).

   (4)  The individual has received a waiver from the Department regarding compliance with subsection (a).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  303.032 amended under sections 303(a)—(e), 304(b) and 609(a) of the Pennsylvania Securities Act of 1972 (70 P.S. § §  1-303(a)—(e), 1-304(b) and 1-609(a)); section 202.C of the Department of Banking and Securities Code (71 P.S. §  733-202.C); and section 9(b) of the Takeover Disclosure Law (70 P.S. §  79(b)).

Source

   The provisions of this §  303.032 adopted March 29, 1974, effective March 30, 1974, 4 Pa. B. 582; corrected July 3, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 2822; amended January 17, 1992, effective January 18, 1992, 22 Pa.B. 285; amended September 8, 1995, effective September 9, 1995, 25 Pa. B. 3722; amended September 1, 2000, effective September 2, 2000, 30 Pa.B. 4551; amended April 15, 2005, effective April 16, 2005, 35 Pa.B. 2307; transferred and renumbered from 64 Pa. Code §  303.032, December 14, 2012, effective December 15, 2012, 42 Pa.B. 7533; amended January 12, 2018, effective January 13, 2018, 48 Pa.B. 389. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (364744) to (364746).

Cross References

   This section cited in 10 Pa. Code §  303.014 (relating to associated person registration procedures); 10 Pa. Code §  604.013 (relating to interim guidelines for the registration of associated persons—statement of policy); and 10 Pa. Code §  604.014 (relating to interim guidelines for the qualification and examination of associated persons—statement of policy).



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