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AMF Examination: Test of Minimum Knowledge

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Who are the professionals concerned by the test of minimum knowledge regarding the financial, regulatory and ethical environment? What is the difference for employees between the internal test and the AMF examination? Find all the useful information here.

Professionals concerned by this system

Investment service providers, including portfolio asset management companies and financial investment advisors, must check that the persons performing certain functions have a minimum level of knowledge in areas relating to the regulatory and ethical environment and financial techniques.

Investment service providers

In the case of investment service providers, those concerned are, in particular:

  • Salesperson: any natural person tasked with providing investment advice or information on financial instruments, investment services or ancillary services for clients;

  • Manager: any person authorised to take investment decisions under an individual management mandate or as part of the management of one or more collective investment products;

  • Head of financial instrument clearing: a natural person representing the clearing member before the clearing house with respect to transaction registration, risk organisation and control, and the related financial instrument clearing functions;

  • Head of post-trade services: a person who is directly responsible for custody account keeping, settlement, depositary functions, securities administration and securities services for issuers;

  • Financial analyst;

  • Financial instrument trader;

  • Compliance and Internal Control Officer (RCCI);

  • Investment Services Compliance Manager (RCSI).

The test of the employee’s minimum knowledge must take place within six months following their recruitment by the investment service provider.

Financial investment advisors

In the case of financial investment advisors, those concerned are, in particular:

  • Natural persons performing the job of financial investment advisor;

  • Natural persons empowered to manage or administer the legal entity accredited as financial investment advisor;

  • Persons employed to provide investment advisory services by the legal entity accredited as financial investment advisor.

What are the requirements for certification by the AMF of a training organisation to have its students take the AMF examination?

The process of testing minimum knowledge is very often called “AMF certification”. This is a misnomer. The AMF only certifies the organisations which organise the AMF examination and not the persons who pass it. The certified organisations are co-responsible for the common base of questions in the examination.

If you are a training organisation and you want to obtain this certification, you must file an application with the AMF on the basis of a procedure described in AMF Instruction DOC-2010-09.

After examining the application for certification and consulting an advisory body formed of experts, namely the Financial Skills Certification Board, the AMF Board announces the decision on certification of the organisation

The list of certified organisations is made public by the AMF.

List of AMF Examination certified organisations (19/02/2020)

Passing the examination in French

Here is the list of AMF Examination certified organisations (articles 312-5, 318-9 and 321-39 of its General Regulation):

Certified organisations

Certification date

Certification number

BÄRCHEN Education
29, rue de Trévise
75009 Paris

22/03/2010

C 3

FIRST FINANCE
7, rue Beaujon
75008 Paris

01/04/2010

C 1

CNAM
292, rue Saint Martin
75003 Paris

01/04/2010

C 1 Bis

Société Française des Analystes Financiers – SFAF
24, rue de Penthièvre 
75008 Paris

28/05/2010

C 4

GENESIA
18, rue de Turbigo
75002 Paris

14/06/2010

C 6

CFPB
8, rue Lafayette
75009 Paris

25/06/2010

C 7

AFG Formation
41, rue de la Bienfaisance
75008 Paris

25/06/2010

C 7 Bis

Éducation nationale pour le BTS Banque
Inspection générale de l’Éducation nationale
110, rue de Grenelle
75007 Paris

21/06/2011

C 12

GRENOBLE ECOLE DE MANAGEMENT
12, rue Pierre Sémard
38000  Grenoble 

31/01/2012

C 13

NOUVELLES DONNES FORMATION
108, rue Réaumur
75002 Paris

13/03/2012

C 14

EXPERITIES
2, rue des Pinsons
77410 Claye-Souilly

25/06/2013

C15

DEMOS
20, rue de l’Arcade
75008 Paris

07/07/2015

C17

SUMATRA FORMATION CONSEIL
79, rue des Orangers
83 140 Six Fours Les plages

20/09/2016

C18

CNCEF
22, rue de Longchamp
75116 Paris

20/09/2016

C19

JURISCAMPUS
140, rue Carmin
31670 Labege

10/07/2018

C20

Passins the examination in English

Here is the list of AMF Examination certified organisations (articles 312-5, 318-9 and 321-39 of its General Regulation):

Certified organisations

Certification date

Certification number

BÄRCHEN Education
29, rue de Trévise
75009 Paris

22/03/2010

C 3

FIRST FINANCE
7, rue Beaujon
75008 Paris

01/04/2010

C 1

Société Française des Analystes Financiers – SFAF
24, rue de Penthièvre 
75008 Paris

28/05/2010

C 4

GENESIA
18, rue de Turbigo
75002 Paris

14/06/2010

C 6

AFG Formation
41, rue de la Bienfaisance
75008 Paris

25/06/2010

C 7 Bis

AMF examination or “internal” examination: what are the differences?

Investment service providers can, if they wish, themselves test the knowledge of the persons concerned. The two systems for testing minimum knowledge have different consequences in the event of a change of employer and/or job.

  • A person who has passed the AMF examination and changes employer or works for a new investment service provider or changes job does not have to undergo another test. The examination has been passed definitively.
  • A person who has passed an internal examination benefits from this only as long as they work for the same service provider. If that person changes service providers while remaining within the same group, it also keeps the benefit of this success, provided that said group relies on a single system for testing minimum knowledge for all its constituent entities. On the other hand, as soon as the person concerned changes group, they must undergo a test organised by the new employer.

Regulator Information

Regulator Name: Financial Markets Authority
Abbreviation: AMF
Jurisdiction: France

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