How to Get Your Series 6: Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative License
Series 6 License Requirements:
The Series 6 license, known as the Investment Company/Variable Contracts Products Limited Representative License, allows you to register as a limited representative with FINRA. With a Series 6 license, you are able to sell mutual funds, variable annuities, variable life insurance, unit investment trusts (UITs), and municipal fund securities.
The Series 6 is often seen as the ideal companion license for those in the insurance industry. Holders are able to expand the financial products and services they offer, as well as increase their level of expertise.
You can get your Series 6 license by following these steps.
Step 1: Take and Pass the SIE Exam
The SIE exam tests common topics such as fundamentals, regulatory agencies and their functions, product knowledge, and acceptable and unacceptable practices. You can take the SIE exam before being sponsored by a firm and even while you are still in school. You have a four-year window in which to take and pass any of the representative level top-off exams, like Series 6, after passing the SIE exam. Note that FINRA calls the SIE and Series 6 exams “corequisites,” but they do not mean you have to take both at the same time. Instead, they mean you have to take both to earn your license, and you can take them in any order.
Step 2: Secure a Sponsorship
To take the Series 6 exam, you must be sponsored by a FINRA member firm or a self-regulatory organization (SRO). Firms apply for candidates to take the exam by filing a Uniform Application for Security Industry Registration or Transfer (Form U4). There is also an exam fee that is commonly covered by the sponsoring firm.
Step 3: Take and Pass the Series 6 Exam
Once you secure your sponsorship, you can then take the top-off exam for the Series 6 license. Most candidates will choose to take the SIE before the Series 6, but it is also possible to take it after. The exam has 50 questions broken down into four functions:
- Function 1: Seeks Business for the Broker-Dealer from Customers and Potential Customers, 12 questions, 24% of exam items
- Function 2: Opens Accounts after Obtaining and Evaluating Customers’ Financial Profile and Investment Objectives, 8 questions, 16% of exam items
- Function 3: Provides Customers with Information About Investments, Makes Suitable Recommendations, Transfers Assets and Maintains Appropriate Records, 25 questions, 50% of exam items
- Function 4: Obtains and Verifies Customers’ Purchase and Sales Instructions; Processes, Completes and Confirms Transactions, 5 questions, 10% of exam items
The test time is 1 hour and 30 minutes and the passing score is 70 percent and above.
Step 4: Register Your License
After you pass your licensing exam, you’ll have to register your Series 6 license with FINRA and an approved broker-dealer, who will hold your license and oversee your business for a portion of the commission income.
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Series 6 Exam Details
The FINRA® revised Series 6, Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative Qualification Exam is required of individuals soliciting the purchase or sale of redeemable securities (mutual funds), variable contracts (variable annuities) and insurance premium funding programs (variable life) issued by insurance companies.
On October 1, 2018, FINRA restructured the Series 6 exam. New candidates are required to pass the Securities Industry Essential (SIE) exam along with a Series 6 exam to obtain the Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products registration. We have study materials available for the SIE exam as well as the Series 6 exam.
Corequisites: SIE Exam
Exam Format: 50 multiple-choice questions
Exam Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Outline of Job Functions Covered:
- (F1) Seeks Business for the Broker-dealer from Customers and Potential Customers
- (F2) Opens Accounts After Obtaining and Evaluating Customers’ Financial Profile and Investment Objectives
- (F3) Provides Customers with Information About Investments, Makes Suitable Recommendations, Transfers Assets and Maintains Appropriate Records
- (F4) Obtains and Verifies Customers’ Purchase and Sales Instructions; Processes, Completes and Confirms Transactions
We have prepared a Best Practices Guideline to help you pass the first time! This guide includes recommended study hours, how to use your study materials effectively, and test-taking tips.
For more exam details, including fees and passing score, please visit FINRA.
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