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AMF Examination: Test of Minimum Knowledge

AMF Examination: Test of Minimum Knowledge

14 May 2020

Who are the professionals concerned by the test of minimum knowledge regarding the financial, regulatory and ethical environment? What is the difference for employees between the internal test and the AMF examination? Find all the useful information here.

Summary

    Professionals concerned by this system

    Investment service providers, including portfolio asset management companies and financial investment advisors, must check that the persons performing certain functions have a minimum level of knowledge in areas relating to the regulatory and ethical environment and financial techniques.

    Investment service providers

    In the case of investment service providers, those concerned are, in particular:

    • Salesperson: any natural person tasked with providing investment advice or information on financial instruments, investment services or ancillary services for clients;

    • Manager: any person authorised to take investment decisions under an individual management mandate or as part of the management of one or more collective investment products;

    • Head of financial instrument clearing: a natural person representing the clearing member before the clearing house with respect to transaction registration, risk organisation and control, and the related financial instrument clearing functions;

    • Head of post-trade services: a person who is directly responsible for custody account keeping, settlement, depositary functions, securities administration and securities services for issuers;

    • Financial analyst;

    • Financial instrument trader;

    • Compliance and Internal Control Officer (RCCI);

    • Investment Services Compliance Manager (RCSI).

    The test of the employee's minimum knowledge must take place within six months following their recruitment by the investment service provider.

    Financial investment advisors

    In the case of financial investment advisors, those concerned are, in particular:

    • Natural persons performing the job of financial investment advisor;

    • Natural persons empowered to manage or administer the legal entity accredited as financial investment advisor;

    • Persons employed to provide investment advisory services by the legal entity accredited as financial investment advisor.

    What are the requirements for certification by the AMF of a training organisation to have its students take the AMF examination?

    The process of testing minimum knowledge is very often called "AMF certification". This is a misnomer. The AMF only certifies the organisations which organise the AMF examination and not the persons who pass it. The certified organisations are co-responsible for the common base of questions in the examination.

    If you are a training organisation and you want to obtain this certification, you must file an application with the AMF on the basis of a procedure described in AMF Instruction DOC-2010-09.

    After examining the application for certification and consulting an advisory body formed of experts, namely the Financial Skills Certification Board, the AMF Board announces the decision on certification of the organisation

    The list of certified organisations is made public by the AMF.

    List of AMF Examination certified organisations (19/02/2020)

    Passing the examination in French

    Here is the list of AMF Examination certified organisations (articles 312-5, 318-9 and 321-39 of its General Regulation):

    Certified organisations

    Certification date

    Certification number

    BÄRCHEN Education
    29, rue de Trévise
    75009 Paris

    22/03/2010

    C 3

    FIRST FINANCE
    7, rue Beaujon
    75008 Paris

    01/04/2010

    C 1

    CNAM
    292, rue Saint Martin
    75003 Paris

    01/04/2010

    C 1 Bis

    Société Française des Analystes Financiers - SFAF
    24, rue de Penthièvre 
    75008 Paris

    28/05/2010

    C 4

    GENESIA
    18, rue de Turbigo
    75002 Paris

    14/06/2010

    C 6

    Ecole supérieure de la banque
    Immeuble Le Carillon
    5, esplanade Charles de Gaulle
    92739 Nanterre Cedex

    25/06/2010

    C 7

    AFG Formation
    41, rue de la Bienfaisance
    75008 Paris

    25/06/2010

    C 7 Bis

    Éducation nationale pour le BTS Banque
    Inspection générale de l’Éducation nationale
    110, rue de Grenelle
    75007 Paris

    21/06/2011

    C 12

    GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT
    12, rue Pierre Sémard
    38000  Grenoble 

    31/01/2012

    C 13

    NOUVELLES DONNES FORMATION
    108, rue Réaumur
    75002 Paris

    13/03/2012

    C 14

    EXPERITIES
    2, rue des Pinsons
    77410 Claye-Souilly

    25/06/2013

    C15

    DEMOS
    20, rue de l’Arcade
    75008 Paris

    07/07/2015

    C17

    SUMATRA FORMATION CONSEIL
    79, rue des Orangers
    83 140 Six Fours Les plages

    20/09/2016

    C18

    CNCEF
    103, boulevard Haussmann
    75008 Paris

    20/09/2016

    C19

    JURISCAMPUS
    140, rue Carmin
    31670 Labege

    10/07/2018

    C20

    Passing the examination in English

    Here is the list of AMF Examination certified organisations (articles 312-5, 318-9 and 321-39 of its General Regulation):

    Certified organisations

    Certification date

    Certification number

    BÄRCHEN Education
    29, rue de Trévise
    75009 Paris

    22/03/2010

    C 3

    FIRST FINANCE
    7, rue Beaujon
    75008 Paris

    01/04/2010

    C 1

    Société Française des Analystes Financiers - SFAF
    24, rue de Penthièvre 
    75008 Paris

    28/05/2010

    C 4

    GENESIA
    18, rue de Turbigo
    75002 Paris

    14/06/2010

    C 6

    AFG Formation
    41, rue de la Bienfaisance
    75008 Paris

    25/06/2010

    C 7 Bis

    AMF examination or "internal" examination: what are the differences?

    Investment service providers can, if they wish, themselves test the knowledge of the persons concerned. The two systems for testing minimum knowledge have different consequences in the event of a change of employer and/or job.

    • A person who has passed the AMF examination and changes employer or works for a new investment service provider or changes job does not have to undergo another test. The examination has been passed definitively.
    • A person who has passed an internal examination benefits from this only as long as they work for the same service provider. If that person changes service providers while remaining within the same group, it also keeps the benefit of this success, provided that said group relies on a single system for testing minimum knowledge for all its constituent entities. On the other hand, as soon as the person concerned changes group, they must undergo a test organised by the new employer.
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