In Hong Kong, unless an individual or company is exempted, if they wish to conduct ten “regulated activities” defined by the Securities and Futures Ordinance, they need to apply for a license/registration with the SFC.
- Type 1 Dealing in securities
- Type 2 Dealing in futures contracts
- Type 3 Leveraged foreign exchange trading
- Type 4 Advising on securities
- Type 5 Advising on futures contracts
- Type 6 Advising on corporate finance
- Type 7 Providing automated trading services
- Type 8 Securities margin financing
- Type 9 Asset management
- Type 10 Providing credit rating services
Examples include collecting commissions to buy and sell securities for clients, which is a Type 1 regulated activity;the provision of trading advice on securities to customers for a fee is a type 4 regulated activity. So what does securities mean? Securities refers to a kind of valuable certificates that represent property rights, including stocks, bonds, and warrants such as Hong Kong stocks and U.S. stocks. Therefore, charging customers for trading Hong Kong stocks, US stocks, and bonds on their behalf belong to Type 1 regulated activities and need to apply for a license/registration with the Securities and Futures Commission. One of the conditions for licensing/registration is to partake and pass the Licensing Examination for Securities and Futures Intermediaries (HKSI LE).
What exam do you need to take?
This depends on your position in the company. If you have just entered the industry and have no experience in the securities industry, you should start with being a licensed representative. Licensed representatives of securities trading need to take HKSI LE Papers 1, 7, 8. For exemption information, please refer to
Examination papers required to be partaken by licensed representatives
The HKSI LE exam has 14 different exam papers. Which ones do you need to take? In fact, it depends on what activities you want to engage in, in other words, what services or products you want to sell or provide. For example, if you want to trade securities products such as Hong Kong stocks, US stocks, bonds, etc. on behalf of your clients, you need to take HKSI LE papers 1, 7, and 8. Or if you want to work in an asset management company and deal with products related to funds or discretionary accounts, you may need papers 1, 7, and 12. You can first refer to the following chart to evaluate what combination of exam papers you need to take, and then refer to the exemption conditions to determine whether you need to take the entire combination of exam papers.
Exam papers to be taken by Responsible Officers
The examination papers of responsible officers are also based on the same principles as the examinations to be taken by the licensed representative. It depends on the type of activity you are engaged in, that is, the financial products/services that the company you will work for want you to regulate. For example, if you need to conduct Type 2 and 5 regulated activities, that is, to conduct dealing in future contracts or to advise on future contracts, you need to take HKSI Paper 1 and 3. If you have taken HKSI LE Paper 1 and applied for a license to become a licensed representative before becoming a responsible officer, you do not need to take the exam again. So just take the HKSI LE Paper 3. You can first refer to the following chart to estimate what combination of examination papers you need to take and then refer to the exemption conditions to determine whether you need to take the entire combination of examination papers.
If more than one exam paper is required to be taken, which one should I partake first?
There is no requirement for the order of passing the exam in all the qualification exam papers. Candidates can apply for different exam papers according to their needs and decide the order of their own. For example, the exams of papers 2, 6, and 16 can still be retaken if a candidate fails in paper 1. Although there is no official restriction on the order of taking the exams, we recommend that students start with the paper 1 exam, because the paper 1 exam is the foundation, and many of the other papers are part of the content of the paper 1 exam, or an extension of a certain chapter of the paper 1 exam. Studying paper 1 allows the candidate to have a relatively macro and clearer mind map of various concepts, hence it is easier for the candidates to connect the different concepts.
How should I study for the exam?
The pass rate of HKSI LE has always been a big worry for many candidates, Here we recommend a review method for everyone:
- First study the material study manual / 2CExam Youtube instructional video by each chapter
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This revision method takes 20-25 hours, and statistically has a pass rate of 80%.
No statistics are available for other review methods.
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