Series 50 Permanent Exam Outline Released

The MSRB recently announced that the Series 50 permanent exam will be available starting on September 12, 2016. The Series 50 pilot exam, which was a precursor to the permanent exam, was available from January 15, 2016, to February 15, 2016, and helped to set the permanent exam passing score of 71%. Continue reading

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The MSRB recently announced that the Series 50 permanent exam will be available starting on September 12, 2016.  The Series 50 pilot exam, which was a precursor to the permanent exam, was available from January 15, 2016, to February 15, 2016, and helped to set the permanent exam passing score of 71%.

In preparation for the release of the permanent exam, the MSRB updated the Series 50 outline to reflect current rules.  Specifically, the following references were added to Function One of the outline:

  • Rules governing activities of municipal advisors (for example, professional qualification, fiduciary duty, and recordkeeping)
  • Rule G-20 (“Limitations on Gift Giving”), as it applies to municipal advisors
  • Rule G-37 (“Pay to Play” Rule), as it applies to municipal advisors
  • Rule G-42 (“Duties of Non-Solicitor Municipal Advisors”)

The MSRB also removed the reference to Rule G-32 (“Disclosure in Connection with Primary Offerings”) from Function One, most likely because this is more relevant to brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers than it is to municipal advisors.

Additionally, Function Two of the outline now refers to “rating agencies” instead of the “major three rating agencies.”

Finally, the MSRB added three new sample questions at the end of the outline to replace sample questions 2, 3, and 4.

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MSRB Series 50 Pilot Exam Becomes Permanent

Today, the MSRB announced that the permanent Municipal Representative Qualification Exam (Series 50) will be made available on September 12, 2016. On that day, a municipal advisor will be able to open a 120-day examination window for a municipal advisor representative. Continue reading

prod_bkSEP50Today, the MSRB announced that they will make the permanent Municipal Representative Qualification Exam (Series 50) available on September 12, 2016. On that day, a municipal advisor will be able to open a 120-day examination window for a municipal advisor representative.

Also, anyone who took the Series 50 pilot exam was notified today whether or not they passed. Individuals who took the Series 50 pilot but did not pass will have an extended exam window of one year (September 12, 2016 – September 12, 2017) to retake the exam one time for free.

Other relevant Series 50 exam information:

  • The permanent Series 50 exam will have 100 questions.
  • The passing score of the permanent Series 50 exam will be 71%.
  • Students taking the permanent Series 50 will have 3 hours to take the exam.
  • The fee to take the Series 50 exam will be $265.
  • If you took and passed the Series 50 pilot exam and you stop working for a municipal advisor, your Series 50 qualification will remain valid for two years.
  • The MSRB is providing a one-year grace period during which individuals will be able to take the municipal advisor representative exam while still engaging in municipal advisory activities. That means that municipal advisor representatives are not required to have the Series 50 qualification until September 12, 2017.
  • Municipal advisor representatives may indicate that they passed the Series 50 exam but suggesting that passing the Series 50 makes you more qualified than someone who hasn’t could be misleading and might get you in trouble with the MSRB or the SEC.
  • The Series 50 content outline is being updated and will be made available on the MSRB web site by July 1, 2016.

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Series 50 Pilot Exam

The Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Exam (Series 50) is designed to test the minimum standards required of municipal advisor representatives and municipal advisor principals, two new classifications created when the MSRB revised Rule G-3 to meet the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Continue reading

The Municipal Advisor Representative Qualification Exam (Series 50) is designed to test the minimum standards required of municipal advisor representatives and municipal advisor principals, two new classifications created when the MSRB revised Rule G-3 to meet the requirements of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.  The exam covers basic knowledge of the internal workings and regulations of the municipal advisory system.  The MSRB intends to develop an additional exam for municipal advisor principals, but as of this writing no further information about the principal-level examination has been released.

The Series 50 will initially be rolled out as a pilot exam, and it will be available to anyone who works in a municipal advisory capacity.  The pilot exam is designed to help the MSRB evaluate its bank of test questions and determine an appropriate passing score.

There are a few good reasons to volunteer to take the pilot exam.  If you pass the pilot exam, you are not required to take the permanent exam.  While there is a fee for the pilot exam, if you do not pass, then your fee for the permanent exam will be waived the first time you take it.

Additionally, if you fail the permanent exam, you must wait thirty days before taking it again, and after your third attempt you must wait 180 days before another attempt.  However, the pilot exam will not count against these attempts.

And last but not least, a failure on the Series 50 pilot exam will not go on your CRD record.

Test takers will be allotted half an hour for an exam tutorial and four hours for the exam itself.  The exam will contain 100-125 questions, which will be drawn at random from the Series 50 question database.  You will be notified of your results about three months after taking the exam.

To register for the test, visit Pearson VUE at www.pearsonvue.com/finra or Prometric at www.prometric.com/finra.


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MSRB Announces Creation of Professional Qualification Standards for Municipal Advisors

To qualify as a municipal advisor representative or municipal advisor principal, individuals will be required to pass a new Series 50 exam, which will begin being tried-out in the fall of 2015 to establish the passing score. Continue reading

Exam AlertAs required by the Dodd-Frank Act, effective April 27, 2015, the MSRB will amend its rules in order to create professional qualification standards for municipal advisors. The new rules will create a representative and a principal classification. To qualify as a municipal advisor representative or municipal advisor principal, individuals will be required to pass a new Series 50 exam, which will begin being tried-out in the fall of 2015 to establish the passing score. After the permanent test is in place, individuals acting as municipal advisors will have one year to pass the test.  Municipal advisors who would like to be part of the pilot group may sign up here: https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/VAORGMSRB/subscriber/new?topic_id=VAORGMSRB_286.

The amended rules will also eliminate the existing requirement for a 90-day apprenticeship period.

This information came from http://www.msrb.org/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/2015/MSRB-Creates-Professional-Qualification-Standards-for-Municipal-Advisors.aspx