All Equities 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 Equity 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 member to the JSE Director: Market Regulation.
The Question and Answer Guide (February 2018 edition) is the syllabus of the JSE Equity Compliance Officers Examination prescribed by the JSE in terms of equities rule 4.30.1. The syllabus is comprised of questions and answers arranged in the themes set out in the table below. Each theme may consist of definitions, rules, directives or Sections of the Act related to the theme.
|General||Section 2||1 to 7|
|Authorisations and Approvals||Section 3||8 to 41|
|Management and Control||Section 4||42 to 64|
|Prudential Requirements||Section 5||65 to 96|
|Trading||Section 6||97 to 170|
|Market Conduct||Section 7||171 to 176|
|Conduct of Business||Section 8||177 to 290|
|Client Assets||Section 9||291 to 324|
|Settlement||Section 10||325 to 357|
|Complaints and Disputes||Section 11||358 to 385|
|Supervision and Enforcement||Section 12||386 to 391|
|Default||Section 13||392 to 396|
|Krugerrands||Section 15||397 to 407|
You can download the study material from www.virtualexamcentre.co.za under the study material tab once you have paid for the exam.
The exam consists of 65 questions randomly selected from the syllabus. It is not an electronic multiple-choice examination and there is no negative marking. Mark allocations vary, ranging from half a mark to twelve marks per question. The duration of the examination is two hours. 65% is required to be declared competent.
A number of questions and answers with zero-mark allocation have been included in the Question and Answer Guide for completeness and to give candidates a broad view of the contents of the JSE Equities rules and directives and the Act. However, it is important to note that learners will not be tested on these questions.
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