Series 39 - Direct Participation Programs Principal Exam
The Series 39 exam—the Direct Participation Programs Principal Qualification Examination (DP)—assesses the competency of a direct participation program (DPP) principal candidate to perform his or her job as a DPP principal. The exam measures the degree to which each candidate possesses the knowledge needed to perform the critical functions of a DPP principal, including the rules and statutory provisions applicable to the supervisory management of a broker-dealer that limits its products to direct participation programs.
The Series 39 consists of 100 test questions. Candidates have two hours and 15 minutes to complete the exam. The passing score is 70 percent.
Please see FINRA Rule 1220(a)(12) Direct Participation Programs Principal for more information.
On this Page
The Series 39 - Content Outline provides a comprehensive guide to the range of topics covered on the exam, as well as the depth of knowledge required. It includes sample questions to acquaint candidates with the types of multiple-choice questions on the exam.
The outline consists of three sections:
- Section 1 - Structure and Regulation of Direct Participation Programs (DPP) Offerings
- Section 2 - Sales Supervision, General Supervision of Employees, Regulatory Framework of FINRA
- Section 3 - Compliance with Financial Responsibility Rules
Download: Series 39 - Content Outline
The Series 39 has a prerequisite exam requirement. Candidates must pass the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) and one of the following exams to hold the registration:
Please see Register a New Candidate for more information on the registration process.
Covered supervisory activities and products include regulatory compliance over sales of:
- Direct participation program limited partnerships (e.g., real estate, oil and gas, and equipment leasing)
- Limited liability companies
- S corporations
In addition to sales supervision, the Series 39 qualifies a principal for the overall supervision of a firm’s investment banking and securities business—including compliance, underwriting and advertising—for those activities specially covered by each supervisory principal’s license.
Taking the Exam
The table below lists the allocation of exam questions for each major job function of a DPP principal.
|Section||Number of Questions|
|Section 1 - Structure and Regulation of Direct Participation Program (DPP) Offerings||46|
|Section 2 - Sales Supervision, General Supervision of Employees, Regulatory Framework of FINRA||32|
|Section 3 - Compliance with Financial Responsibility Rules||22|