All derivative securities, agricultural derivatives, and foreign commodity derivatives member firms are required by the JSE rules to appoint a compliance officer to ensure compliance by the member with the provisions of the Financial Markets Act, the Rules and Directives of the JSE and Board decisions. It is stipulated in the rules that such compliance officers must obtain a pass in the Derivatives Compliance Officer Examination as prescribed by the JSE.
Amongst other things, the compliance officers are fully responsible to the JSE for the actions of the member including its officers and employees and are also subject to disciplinary powers and procedures of the JSE. In addition, they are required to report any apparent contraventions of the Act, the Rules and Directives of the JSE or Board decision to the JSE Director: Market Surveillance.
The JSE Derivatives Compliance Officer Examination Material (October 2018 edition) consists of selected extracts of the Financial Markets Act (Act no 19 of 2012), the Derivative Rules, as amended at 20 February 2015 and the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, 2002. You can download the study material from www.virtualexamcentre.co.za under the study material tab once you have paid for the exam.
Duration: 1 hour
Number of questions: 50
Competency (Pass) mark: 64%
No negative marking.
The system will keep time in accordance with the downloading speed of a particular internet connection. In other words, you will lose no time if your download is slower than normal. Please keep your eye on the timer displayed at the right-hand corner of the Examination Title Screen to keep track of your time. If your time runs out, your examination will automatically terminate, and your score will be calculated.
The system is specifically designed to save any questions submitted so that in the case of a power failure or internet interruption, no data will be lost. In the event of a learner not being able to continue the exam within a reasonable period of time due to a power failure or internet interruption, the exam must be abandoned, and a new appointment must be made to retake the exam.
In the event of any delay in starting or any interruption of the assessment, the learner is entitled to reschedule the exam appointment. Should a learner decide to wait fo the cause of the delay to be resolved or carry on with the assessment, there can be no recourse taken with SAIFM should the outcome of the assessment not be a competent (pass) mark.
Log in with the identity number or passport number that was used to enrol. Please leave out all alphabetical spacing symbols (-) and spaces
- Next a screen will appear with all the examinations that you are registered for.
- Select the examination you wish to do.
- The invigilator at the testing centre will unlock the exam session for you.
- The Exam Title Page and instructions will display.
The navigation bar has the following options:
Back: Regress to the previous question without submitting an answer to the current question.
Submit: Submits your answer for the current question and continues to the next question.
Progress indicator: Shows you the list of questions that you have already answered. If you want to change the answer to a question that you have already answered, click on the question in the progress window in the bottom left-hand corner and select “GO”. If you change an answer, you must submit the change by selecting the submit button otherwise your answer will not be updated to the new selection.
Leave unanswered: If you have selected an answer but change your mind and wish to rather leave the question unanswered, select this option.
Final submission of answers: Once you have reached the end of your examination and there is still some time left, you will be requested to submit your final answers. Once you hit the “Submit Final Answers” button your final score will be calculated, and you will not be able to correct any more answers.
Enrolment and Payment
Enrolment takes places online through our Virtual Exam Centre. Select the top icon that says Enrol and log in with your ID or passport number. Complete the details requested or if in the database already, confirm that they are still correct. Your identity nr or passport number will serve to identify you to our system.
The facility to purchase an exam is only available to members of SAIFM. More information regarding membership can be found on www.saifm.co.za.
You may elect to become an affiliate member by agreeing to adhere to the SAIFM Code of Conduct by checking the appropriate box when registering or updating your information, thereby allowing you to purchase an exam.
Should you wish to purchase by credit card, you may continue. Should you wish to use an alternative form of payment, you can close the internet and follow the procedure outlined below. Time limits within which exams must be written
Learners must write within 6 months of purchasing the exam. After the 6-month period, a st
Purchase the exam by credit card
You can purchase the exam(s) 〈module(s)〉 you wish to write by adding them to your shopping basket. Then you proceed to checkout to pay by credit card through the secure online credit card gateway. Just follow the instructions on screen. Access to the learning material will be automatic after the payment has been made.
Purchase the exam by electronic transfer
NOTE that our prices increase on 1 august each year. If you make a payment before 1 August but do not send and confirm receipt of proof thereof before 1 August, when prices increase, you will be liable to pay the new price.
If you wish to pay by cash deposit or electronic transfer (EFT), the following procedure applies:
- Proof of the payment (stamped bank deposit slip or EFT confirmation) must be emailed to either Hayley Pfeifer or Susan Jansen van Rensburg.
- Your name, ID number and title(s) of the exam(s) you wish to purchase must be clearly noted on the email.
- Immediately after sending the email, you need to phone our office (011 802 4768) to confirm that the email has been received.
- Please allow approximately 2 business days for SAIFM staff to load your exam. It is NOT automatic as is the case with credit card transactions.
It is very important to note that if the above procedure is not followed correctly, your exam(s) may not be loaded for you. Please DO NOT instruct the bank to automatically send the payment if paying via EFT – rather have the remittance sent to yourself and then forward to SAIFM with the required details.
Should you need a quotation before you can remit payment, you can email Hayley Pfeifer or Susan Jansen van Rensburg to request one. The following information must be supplied when requesting an invoice:
- Name of company
- Address of company
- VAT number of company
- Name/s of candidate/s and ID or Passport number/s (Note all candidates must have their information registered on the Virtual Exam Centre before a quotation will be issued)
- Exams/s required for the candidate/s
Once payment has been made, the procedure as outlined above should be followed.
Upon receipt of proof of payment, SAIFM will issue a tax invoice.
We regrettably cannot accept cash payments at our premises, so if you wish to pay by cash you will need to follow the same procedure for cash deposits as for EFT payments.
The SA Institute of Financial Markets
Account No: 1557 0709 401
Branch Code: 462005
Account Type: Business Account
You may confirm which exams you are registered for by entering your identity number or passport number into the Enrol screen. It is advisable that you confirm your exams in all cases where you did not make use of a credit card payment.
The learning material is designed to be a self-study workbook. It contains all the information necessary to pass the examination.
Candidates must ensure that the correct learning material is being studied. SAIFM cannot be held responsible if the incorrect learning material is used. The latest edition is stated in the syllabus details on the relevant exam webpage.
Accessing the learning material
The learning material can be downloaded from the Virtual Exam Centre once the exam has been paid for. If purchase takes place by credit card through the secure e-commerce facility, the learning material will be available immediately. In the case of payment by electronic transfer, the exam will be loaded by SAIFM staff within 2 business days of confirmation of receiving the faxed or e-mailed proof of payment.
Once the exam has been purchased, the learning material will be available for download until the exam has either been taken or the six-month time period (see time limits within which exams must be taken) has elapsed.
SAIFM is able to download and print the learning material on behalf of candidates who do not have access to a printer. Such hard copies may be purchased once the exam has been paid for.
Learning material is amended from time to time.
If the learning material is replaced with an updated version that affects the exams or new learning material, notice will be given to registered candidates of the changeover to the new exam. This fact will also be advertised on both www.saifm.co.za and www.virtualexamcentre.co.za. Candidates may therefore, before the changeover date, write an exam based on the old material while the new material will be examined from the changeover date. The new book will be e-mailed to learners on request from the date of notice until the changeover date.
Strict email filters and incorrectly supplied addresses could hinder delivery of notifications and SAIFM cannot guarantee that email notifications are always delivered. Candidates are thus advised to check the SAIFM website for notices that may affect learning material before booking to write an exam.
Should a candidate study from the incorrect learning material and notices regarding updates have been published, there can be no recourse taken against SAIFM.
Exam dates and booking for exams
Exams do not take place on set dates, but on any date that suits the learner as long as it falls on a business day (excluding during the venue closure in December) within the 6-month time limit (see below) and subject to the availability of an opening at the exam venue concerned.
When you are ready to write your exam, contact the exam venue closest to you and make a booking directly with them. Go to www.virtualexamcentre.co.za for the exam venue list. Alternatively, contact SAIFM if you prefer the remote online invigilation.
Note: Failure to arrive or not cancel at least 2 business days before the exam will result in a R120.00 fee being payable before a new appointment will be made.
Should a student question the correctness of a question, his or her answers can be referred for an appeal by completing and submitting the appeal request form along with the proof of payment of the appeal fee, which must be done within 14 days of the exam.
Should it be found that the question/s was in fact incorrect, the student will receive credit for that question/s, if necessary, and the fee repaid. To download the appeal request form, click here.
Results and certificates
Your results will be available immediately upon completion of your exam and a printout made thereof. This will be proof of the result of a particular module with your score indicated on the printout. A certificate will be sent to you, by normal mail, within 6-8 weeks of the successful completion of the exam.
Results of a manual multiple-choice exam can take up to 5 business days to be released.
Non-disclosure of results
Results will not be given to third parties unless the learner has given written authority for the third party to obtain such information. Without this authority, results will only be disclosed to exam candidates / learners themselves.
Re-issue of certificates will cost R235.00 (VAT inclusive) each.
The cost of the JSE Derivatives Compliance Officer exam is R1810.00 (Inc. VAT). This allows for:
- One opportunity to write the exam
- Access to download the learning material until the exam has either been written or lapsed (see time limit below ).
- Access to purchase a hard copy of the learning material (R433.00 VAT inclusive) until the exam has either been written or lapsed (see time limit below w).
Should you need to rewrite the exam, the cost is R1810-00 (Inc. VAT) effective 1 August 2023.
Note that our prices increase on 1 August each year. If you make payment before 1 august but do not send and confirm receipt of the proof thereof before 1 August, when prices increase, you will be liable to pay the new price.
Special exam procedure concessions
If you require any special assessment procedure concessions due to disability, or for any other reasons, please contact Christie-anne van Wyngaardt at firstname.lastname@example.org to make special arrangements to accommodate you.
The following non-negotiable conditions apply to refunds. It is automatically assumed that these conditions have been read and understood when we receive a refund request.
- Refunds can ONLY be made into a South African or Namibian bank account.
- All refunds are subject to a 20% administration fee.
- Refund requests must be submitted on or before the exact expiry date of the exam (see time limits below within which exams must be taken)
- Refunds can only be paid to the person/company that originally made the payment.
- The following information is required for the refund to be processed. (Note: if all of the information is not received or is incorrect, the refund will not be processed)
- Name of Learner
- Title of exam(s) you wish to be refunded for
- Name of account holder
- Name of Bank
- 6 digit branch code
- Account number
- Type of account (i.e. savings, current etc)
To request a refund, please email the above details to Christie-anne van Wyngardt
Learners must write within 6 months of purchasing the exam. After the 6-month period, a student’s right to take the exam lapses and no refunds will be made. Should a student wish to write the exam after the 6-month period, he/she exam will have to repurchase the exam.