Notice to Members 05-79

Amendments to Section 4 of Schedule A to the NASD By-Laws Governing Continuing Education Regulatory Element and Qualification Examination Fees

Implementation Date: January 1, 2006
This version corrects the Series 22 (Direct Participation Programs Representative) Fee.

NASD has filed for immediate effectiveness amendments to Section 4 of Schedule A to the NASD By-Laws to increase the Continuing Education Regulatory Element session fee and certain qualification examination fees.1 These rule changes will become operative on January 1, 2006.

As of January 1, 2006, the session fee for the Regulatory Element of Continuing Education will increase from $60 to $75. This fee increase applies to all three Regulatory Element programs: the S201for Supervisors, the S106 for Series 6 representatives and the S101 General Program for all other registrations. Firms that participate in in-firm delivery of the Regulatory Element will continue to receive a $3 credit to their Central Registration Depository (CRD®) account for the in-firm deliveries they make.

Also, as of January 1, 2006, the fees assessed for persons taking various qualification examinations will increase, as described below. The affected examinations include the Series 6 (Investment Company Products/Variable Contracts Representative), Series 7 (General Securities Representative), Series 10 (General Securities Sales Supervisor - General Module), Series 22 (Direct Participation Programs Representative), Series 24 (General Securities Principal), Series 27 (Financial and Operations Principal), Series 55 (Limited Representative-Equity Trader), Series 62 (Corporate Securities Limited Representative and Series 72 (Government Securities Representative).

1 See SR-NASD-2005-132 (Regulatory Element Continuing Education session fees) and SR-NASD-2005-133 (Qualification Examination fees). Under Section 19(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has the authority to summarily abrogate this type of rule change within 60 days of filing.