Changes to professional year requirements

Australian financial services licensees are no longer required to notify the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) of a professional year (PY) arrangement between themselves and a new entrant.

Previously, firms were required to notify the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) within 30 days if their firm took on a new entrant.

However, ASIC still needed to be notified if a new financial adviser was granted accelerated progression through Quarter 1 and/or Quarter 2 or when they issued a final completion certificate at the completion of the PY.

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There were also changes to exam eligibility with new entrants required to have their eligibility assessed by ASIC before they could book the exam. If they were successful, they would be issued with an exam eligibility number to book the exam.

The eligibility number would then be used to apply through the ASIC Regulatory Portal but had to be done no later than 15 days before the last day of the booking period for an exam.

The next booking periods for 2022 exams were 20 June-12 July for July exams and 23 September-13 October for the November exams.

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