The FSB and recognised Examination Body would like to invite key individuals, representatives and sole proprietors to assist in the development and testing of the regulatory examination questions.
You can be involved in two stages of this development process:
1. Trials of regulatory examinations
The purpose of the trials is to ensure that the questions that are used to create the pool of examination questions will produce results that are fair, valid and reliable. The focus of the trials will be to check that the questions are developed in plain language and are understandable. Candidates participating in these trials will be requested to provide additional feedback on how they have experienced the questions.
Candidates that have participated in the trials will be given preferential access to the pilot examinations, and will therefore be able to write the regulatory examination free of charge and retain the result of the regulatory examination.
2. Pilot of regulatory examinations
The purpose of the pilot examinations will be to assess the overall composition of the examinations. All candidates participating in the pilots will be able to write the regulatory examinations at no cost. The candidates will also be awarded the result of the regulatory examinations. This means if the candidate “passed” the pilot regulatory examination then the result will be viewed as valid and will be recorded by the Financial Services Board. Unsuccessful candidates will have to repeat the examination when it becomes available.
The regulatory examinations are based on qualifying criteria published in the Gazette.
For the trials all questions will be tested in batches of fifty to eighty questions at a time. The number of trial sessions will vary according to the number of questions that will make up the item bank for that regulatory examination. Responses to questions will be analysed to identify questions that may be problematic in one way or another. Such questions will be revised and corrected.
The trial process is dependent on industry participation and cooperation from the industry will be integral to the successful completion of the trials. While the examination bodies recognise the demands that this makes on employers and employees, it must be seen as being ultimately in the best interests of the industry. A trial session is likely to be two hours long.
Booking for the trial regulatory examinations
In order to book for the various trial regulatory examinations that are currently available, please click on the following link: Trial Examination
Please complete all the relevant information. The examination body will contact you directly to confirm your booking.
Please note: You may participate in more than one trial. Please monitor the website for updates on additional regulatory examination trials that becomes available.
Please note that seats are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. The FSB reserves the right to waitlist or decline any booking if the available capacity has been exceeded.