What Are the Securities Certification Exams?

financial managerBack in the early to mid 90’s The National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange, concerned about maintaining ethical standards and professional business practices, began doling out regulations requiring securities dealers to meet continuing education requirements and pass certification exams.
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Financial planner: Are you ready to climb the ladder of success?

financial plannerFinancial planners help to take monetary decision on client’s financial state on behalf of them. They earn their living by preparing a post retirement planning chart of the client, guide the clients with investment options as well as assists them in relation to huge financial expenses. If you’re planning to choose this career, then there are lucrative job opportunities for you. Before you plan to work as a financial planner, make sure you acquire proper information on the duties, career option and get a sneak peek on the course of becoming a financial planner.

Well, there are two types of financial planners one is certified and other is not. However, the job responsibilities of a certified financial planner is defined by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. But the non certified financial planner’s task is determined on the basis of the client’s requirement. Continue reading “Financial planner: Are you ready to climb the ladder of success?” »

Securities Sales Person Career Advancement and Certification

finance3Advancement and certification

Certification is not always required, but in enhances a professional standing, boost employment chances and is usually recommended by employers. The Charted Financial Analyst (CFA) is a professional body that can offer certification. Applicants for this certification must possess a bachelor’s degree and 4 years work experience. They must also take 3 exams, which requires hundreds of hours of self study. Applicants can sit for the exam while acquiring the required working experienced.

Investment brokers and advisors can advance as they get more experience, certification and accumulate more accounts. They can advance to become portfolio managers, supervisors, branch office managers and other management positions.

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Securities Salesperson Job description

financial plannerA security sales person is one who is trained and employed to sell commodities, securities and other financial services as a sales agent.

Nature of work

Everyday, security sales persons or agents help individuals, corporations and businesses to buy billions of dollars worth of securities such as bonds, stocks and mutual funds in the United States. These agents can be referred to as securities, commodities and financial sales agents. The nature of work and duties of security sales persons would depend on their specialty.

Stock brokers are probably the most common type of a security sales agent available. Their duties include offering investment advice to everyday people or retail buyers of stock regarding wise investment choices based on needs and financial strength. Stock brokers also help the investor to transact deals on the floor of the stock exchange. The broker is paid a commission for his service at the end of the transaction. The broker’s job description would also include seeking out clients and building a client list. A lot of brokers spend much time searching for clients and investors who they can convince to invest.

Investment bankers are another specialty of security sales agents. The major work of an investment banker is trying to connect businesses looking for capital or finance to start or expand their operations, with investors who have the finance and would want to invest in businesses in exchange for debt bonds or equity stocks. Investment bankers would thus first have to find and help the business to issue out stock or bonds and then look for investors to purchase the securities. This is known as underwriting. Continue reading “Securities Salesperson Job description” »

Payroll and Time Keeping Clerk – Occupation Outlook

Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks

Nature of Work

Payroll and timekeeping clerks compile and maintain data relating to employee time and payroll. One of their main functions is to ensure that employees are accurately paid and paid on time.  More basic information on Payroll from wikipedia.

Training, Qualifications and Advancement

There is no special training for payroll or timekeeping clerks as they usually learn and are trained on the jog.  Employers would however, prefer to employ candidates who have at least completed high school and who exhibit good computer skills.

Payroll Certification and Study Guides –  Payroll Professional (CPP) and Fundamental Payroll Certification (FPC).

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Payroll Exams – the Complete Guide

There are 2 main certifications for payroll – the Certified Payroll Professional of CPP, and the Fundamental Payroll Certification.

Both are administered by the American Payroll Association.  (http://www.americanpayroll.org).  The APA has over 20,000 members and provides extensive support to all members with regular meetings across theUS as well as a magazine Paytech.   Membership is $219 for one year or $438 for two years.

The Fundamental Payroll Certification is the entry level certification for payroll.  In addition, it is recommended for sales people who interact with the payroll industry and Computer programmers or analysts who interact with payroll departments.

The Certified Payroll Professional is for payroll professionals.

The eligibility requirements for both exams correspond to the level different levels.

Fundamental Payroll Eligibility 

Candidates for the FPC must have completed a minimum 2 month course of study based on the FPC exam content.

Certified Payroll Professional Eligibility

Eligibility for the CPP is more complex with full details here.   Essentially candidates must complete 3 of the last 5 years working in a payroll capacity or take specified courses in the last 24 months.

Candidate Exam booklets for both certifications are available from the APA Website.

About the Exams

The FPC has 100 questions which must be answered in 3 hours and the CPP has 165 questions which must be answered in 4 hours.

For course content, see our Payroll Certification Pages

Fundamental Payroll Certification and Study Guide
Certified Payroll Professional Certification and Study Guide