National Institute of Securities Markets
Communiqué/Press Release


NISM-Series-VIII: Equity DerivativesCertification Examination
NISM/Certification/ED CPE/2013/1 dated June 5, 2013

Further to NISM/Certification/CPE General/2011/1 dated December 21, 2011 and NISM/Certification/ CPE General/2011/2 dated January 23, 2012 and NISM/Certification/ CPE General/2013/2 dated June 1, 2013, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-regulation (1) of Regulation (9) of SEBI (Certification of Associated Persons in Securities Markets) Regulations, 2007, pursuant to Continuing Professional Education (CPE)  requirements for the associated persons functioning as approved users and sales personnel of the trading member of an equity derivatives exchange or equity derivative segment of a recognized stock exchange as mentioned in the SEBI Notification No. LAD-NRO/GN/2012-13/30/5474 -dated January 11, 2013;NISM now specifies the CPE Program for “NISM-Series-VIII: Equity Derivatives Certification Examination”



National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM) performs two functions delegated to it under the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Certification of Associated Persons in the Securities Markets) (SEBI CAPSM) Regulations, 2007. These are:

1. Offering mandatory certification examinations for associated persons of securities market intermediaries.
2. Offering Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programmes for associated persons of market intermediaries who are holding valid certificates.

CPE Requirements

The CPE structure has been specified vide communiqué NISM/Certification/CPE General/2011/1 dated December 21, 2011

On or before expiry of the validity of the certificate possessed by an associated person, the associated person needs to either successfully complete the programme of continuing professional education specified by NISM during 12 months preceding the date of expiry of the certificate, or pass the relevant NISM Certification Examination before the expiry of the existing certificate, so as to have the certificate revalidated for a further period of three years.

To obtain a certificate for the first time, associated persons, who are Principals and Grandfathered Persons, will have the following options:

(a)    Passing the relevant certificate examination, as specified by NISM.
(b)   Successfully completing a related one day CPE Program, as specified by NISM.

The fees for the program is Rs. 2000/- (Rupees Two thousand only). The certificate will be revalidated for a period of 3 years from the date of expiry of the existing certificate.

Launch Date

The CPE Programme will be made available from June 16, 2013 by NISM and its Accredited CPE Providers.

The Programme details are available at www.nism.ac.in



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