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SEC Approves Continuing Education Requirements for Municipal Advisors
January 1, 2018
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) received approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on May 16, 2017 to amend MSRB Rule G-3, on professional qualification requirements, and amend MSRB Rule G-8, on books and records to be made by brokers, dealers, and municipal securities dealers and municipal advisors, to establish continuing education requirements for municipal advisors and related recordkeeping requirements.
The adoption of continuing education (CE) requirements for municipal advisors represents an important milestone in developing professional standards and CE requirements as mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd–Frank Act”). The adoption of the amendments to establish CE requirements for municipal advisors furthers the MSRB’s mandate to protect investors, municipal entities, obligated persons and the public interest. The amendments to Rule G-3 help to ensure that those individuals engaging in municipal advisory activities on behalf of a municipal advisor, as well as those individuals that directly engage in the management, direction or supervision of the municipal advisory activities of the municipal advisor and its associated persons, remain current in their industry knowledge. The accompanying amendments to Rule G-8 promote compliance with a municipal advisor’s recordkeeping requirements related to the administration of its CE program.
The rule amendments have an implementation date of January 1, 2018.