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Series 6 Exam: Everything You Need To Know

Why should I get a series 6 license ?

The majority of people who obtain the series 6 license will be required to pass the exam by their employer. Often times as a condition of employment, individuals are required to obtain the series 6 license to function in their job. The firm’s compliance department, home office or HR will notify individuals directly or through their managers as to the time frame for taking the exam. Insurance companies, banks and limited broker dealers all require their agents to obtain the series 6 license

What will I be able to do with a series 6 license?

A series 6 license will allow you to transact business in open end investment company products and closed end investment company shares on the initial offering only. You will not be allowed to trade closed end funds or ETFs in the secondary market. Once you have obtained a series 6 license, if you wish to conduct business in variable annuity and variable life contracts you will be required to obtain a life and health insurance license in your state. Most agents who obtain a series 6 license will wish to conduct business in variable annuities and will pursue an insurance license, if they have not already done so.

How hard is it to get a series 6 license ?

Obtaining a series 6 license takes focus and dedication to the exam preparation process. It should not be taken lightly and students who prepare to take the exam should prepare thoroughly for the exam. There are no shortcuts and students should make studying a priority. We recommend at least 60 hours of preparation to ensure you pass your series 6 exam and become licensed to sell investment company products and variable annuity contracts.

Is my series 6 license transferable ?

While in practice it feels like your series 6 license is indeed transferable, in actuality it is not. If you wish to change employers your series 6 registration / license must be terminated by your current employer. Your former employer / the firm that you are leaving will fill out and submit a Form U5 to FINRA. This will terminate your employment and your registration with that firm. When you arrive at your new firm you must fill out and submit a new Form U4. This will begin your registration with your new firm and your series 6 license will become active at your new firm upon receiving notice from FINRA and the states where you conduct business.

How much does it cost to get a series 6 license ?

Obtaining a series 6 license will require many people to make an investment in their professional development. Your series 6 license will empower your to conduct a significant amount of business and will put many people on the road to a lucrative and successful career. The good news is for those who have to pay for it out of pocket, the costs are relatively low when compared to other types of training, certification and college expenses. Some employers pick up or reimburse the costs of training and the testing and registration fees. Even for these people many obtain additional resources such as additional test questions, books or videos to ensure they pass their exam. For those who have to pay all of the expenses out of pocket, it usually only costs a few hundred dollars for the testing and registration fees and the training materials.

What are the continuing education requirements once I have a series 6 license ?

Once you have obtained your Series 6 license you will be required to meet certain continuing educational requirements. Every year your firm will send out a questionnaire known as a “needs analysis” to each of its registered personnel. Based on the response to the questionnaire each representative will be assigned continuing education courses to complete. Your firm may have you attend a seminar, webinar or take an online course to satisfy the firm element continuing education requirement. You will also be required to complete annual regulatory continuing education training. These courses are  administered by FINRA. All registered individuals must complete this continuing education requirement by December 31st. FINRA publishes the learning objectives for the continuing education each October detailing the courses required for the following calendar year. All courses will be completed through FINRA’s continuing education portal.

Will I need to obtain any other license to be fully registered ?

In addition to passing the series 6 exam you must also pass the SIE exam to be fully registered with FINRA to sell open end investment company shares and variable contracts. Most states also require that agents obtain a series 63 license in addition to the series 6 license to conduct business within their state and with state residents. You can think of your series 6 license as your product license and your license to represent your employing broker dealer. Your series 63 license can be thought of as your license to transact business with your clients or with people. The series 63 license is in addition to the life and health insurance license you will need if you wish to sell variable contracts.

How should I prepare for the Series 6 exam?

This is a question we get asked on a daily basis. And the answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Because the truth is that everyone learns differently. Some people love to study while others need a more help to master the information. However, we have learned over time that there are some key steps every candidate needs to take in order to successfully pass their Series 6 Exam. First, obtaining and studying the Series 6 textbook is the foundation of your exam prep. To us, this textbook is essential and can often be the difference between success and failure. So read the book. Study the book. And take notes on everything you are going over. From there make the time to take as many practice exams for the Series 6 as you possibly can. This is where the Series 6 Exam Prep software becomes crucial. Working closely with the software will help you master the material and effectively prepare for you exam.

What score is needed to pass the Series 6 exam?

Passing the Series 6 exam requires a minimum score of 70%. Candidates who score lower than 70% will need to re-take the exam at a later date. Candidates who do not pass must wait at least 30 days prior to retaking the exam.

Should I take the SIE and Series 6 exam on the same day?

We get this question a lot . The short answer is no. We strongly recommend that candidates take the SIE exam first without even looking at the series 6 material. Once the SIE exam has been successfully completed. We suggest candidates take a few days off, no more than a week, and then while the SIE material is still fresh, start preparing to pass the series 6 exam.


We hope that this answers many of your frequently asked questions about the series 6 license. If you have any additional questions please call or email us.


Good luck on your exam.


The Securities Institute of America, Inc.