Frequently Asked Questions

Series 28 - Introducing Broker-Dealer Financial and Operations Principal Qualification Examination

  • Are there other FINRA exams I need to complete as a prerequisite to attempting the Series 28?


  • How long should I prepare for this exam?

    We recommend studying 80-100 hours over a four-week period.

  • If I stop working for my firm, how long will my Series 28 license remain active?

    You will have two years between jobs before the license expires.

    When you cease working for a firm, your employer will file a Form U5 to terminate your registration. Your next employer will file a Form U4, which will re-register you. As long as you do not exceed two years between employers, your Series 28 license will remain active. 

  • How much does the exam cost?

    The cost of the exam is $150.

  • How do I register to take the Series 28?

    To take the Series 28, a FINRA member firm must file a Form U4 application on your behalf through FINRA’s Central Registration Depository (CRD). There are no prerequisites to take the Series 28; however, you will have to get fingerprinted and answer a lengthy set of questions about your background.

  • How long is the exam?

    2 hours. You are allowed to take restroom breaks during the exam; however, the clock will continue counting down. Please contact your preferred testing center for additional information.

  • What subjects does the Series 28 exam test?

    ·  Keeping and Preservation of Records and Broker-Dealer Financial Reporting Requirements – 17%

    ·  Net Capital Requirements – 38%

    ·  Customer Protection – 11%

    ·  Uniform Practice Rules – 5%

    ·  Other Relevant Regulations and Interpretations – 29%

  • How many questions are on the exam?

    There are 95 multiple-choice questions. 

  • What score do I need to pass the exam?

    A score of 69% is required for passing.

    Note: Your score will be rounded down to the next lowest whole number (e.g. 68.9% would be a final score of 68%--not a passing score for the Series 28 Exam).

  • What does a Series 28 license allow me to do?

    The Series 28 qualifies you to become an Introducing Broker/Dealer Financial and Operations Principal. This is an individual who is responsible for correctly preparing and maintaining the books and records for specific member firms. Passing the Series 28 exam demonstrates that you adequately understand how to prepare and maintain the books and records of your firm in compliance with securities laws and regulations. 

    Once you have passed your Series 28, you will be eligible to register as an Operations Professional, without having to pass your Series 99. 

    Note that the Series 28 does not qualify you to be a Financial and Operations Principal for member firms that have a net capital requirement of at least $250,000 or municipal dealers who have a net capital requirement of $150,000.  The books and records for these kinds of firms must be prepared by someone who holds a Series 27.


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