What is the 'Canadian Securities Course (CSC™)'

The Canadian Securities Course (CSC™) is an entry-level education program offered by the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI). The successful completion of the program and exam permit an individual to work in the Canadian securities industry as a registered securities representative for a securities broker. The CSC can also be used to satisfy the educational requirements needed to sell and trade mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), stocks and fixed income assets. 

BREAKING DOWN 'Canadian Securities Course (CSC™)'

The Canadian Securities Course is often the first step for many individuals in Canada looking to pursue a career that involves trading securities and providing investment advice. The CSC involves two exams, typically referred to as Volume 1 and Volume 2. Each exam includes 100 multiple-choice questions to be completed within two hours. By estimates, the exam requires 150-200 hours of prep time. Registrants must complete the exam within one year of registration.

Subject matter on the exams is broad and reflects what a financial professional in Canada should be expected to be conversant in. The first exam covers the Canadian investment marketplace, the economy, features and types of fixed-income securities, pricing and trading of fixed-income securities, common and preferred shares, equity transactions, derivatives, financing and listing securities, and corporations and their financial statements.

Exam 2 includes questions pertaining to fundamental and technical analysis, company analysis, introduction to the portfolio approach, portfolio management, mutual funds, segregated and hedge funds, managed and structured products, Canadian taxation, and working with institutional and retail clients.

The Canadian Securities Course under the Canadian Securities Institute

The Canadian Securities Institute, which was established in 1970, offers a series of licensing courses, advanced certifications, continuing education and training programs. The non-profit CSI transitioned to a for-profit enterprise, known as CSI Global Solutions, in 2003. In 2010, the Moody’s Corporation acquired the CSI for C$155 million. It now operates as a separate company within Moody’s Analytics. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) endorse the CSI. Headquarters for the CSI are in Toronto and Montreal.

The CSI continues to evolve by offering an increasing number of comprehensive services that help financial professionals advance in their chosen field; to date, it offers nearly 300 different courses. The reach of the organization extends beyond Canada; it is known for developing educational content for securities industries in emerging financial markets such as those in China, Europe, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Central America. 

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