Are you, as a financial advisor prepping for your RE exam, feeling intimidated by the changes introduced on 1 April 2018?
The updated version of the regulatory examinations, based on the new Qualifying Criteria became effective from 3 April 2018. It is therefore very important for exam candidates to ensure that they use the updated preparation material that is aligned with the qualifying criteria in Annexure Five of Board Notice 194 of 2017.
The FSCA (old FSB) regularly updates the Preparation Guide for Regulatory Examinations (RE 1 and RE 5). Click here to download the latest version dated 17 April 2018.
The Preparation guide explains how to read the Qualifying criteria and lists the resources that candidates need to access as reference material. Your study material therefore should include the Preparation Guide, Qualifying Criteria and all applicable legislation.
Some background on the Qualifying criteria
The qualifying criteria provide the basis of knowledge and skills against which the regulatory examinations are set. The qualifying criteria were developed in a process of consultation between the FSB (now FSCA) and industry representatives, spanning from 2006 to 2008.
Only questions based on these criteria will be included in the exams. The qualifying criteria were originally published in Board Notice 105 of 2008, and amendments were published as below:
|BN 151||Gazette 31755||29 December 2008 w.e.f. 31 December 2008|
|BN 64||Gazette 32268||29 May 2009|
|BN 95||Gazette 32496||17 August 2009|
|BN 44||Gazette 33052||26 March 2010|
|BN 60||Gazette 33166||12 May 2010|
|BN 194||Gazette 41321||15 December 2017|
What do I need to access as resource material?
- The FAIS Act as amended by the Financial Services Laws General Amendment Act 45 of 2013
- General Code of Conduct
- FIC Act (FICA)
- Applicable Board notices
In the Appendix of the Preparation guide all the resource material is mapped to the criteria.
I have access to all the material, what steps do I follow to prepare for the exam?
In the Preparation Guide the FSCA shares 6 steps that will work most effectively for examination preparation – here is a summary of the steps:
Step 1: Refer to the mapping document for the exam you are planning to write. (Appendix A in the Preparation Guide)
Step 2: Look at the number of criteria for each task (RE 1 has 16 tasks that will be tested RE 5 has 8 tasks that will be tested).
Step 3: To prepare for the exam, you must spend time each day and study the legislation and supporting training material. One should systematically select one criteria at a time. (allocate study hours per day to prepare)
Step 4: To start, read the task, and then the first criteria. Then refer to the legislation for these criteria, and read the legislation referred to.
Step 5: Now refer to the additional support or training material (for example the INSETA training material) and study the section in the training material dealing with those particular criteria.
Step 6: Then go back to the legislation itself, and read it again.
Of course, if you are in a position to attend training, so much the better. Just make sure that the trainer has updated his or her study material with the latest Preparation Guide.