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Series 23 – General Securities Principal Exam – Sales Supervisor Module

The Series 23 exam — the General Securities Principal Qualification Exam – Sales Supervisor Module (GP) — assesses the competency of an entry-level principal to perform their job as a general securities principal The Series 23 exam is an alternative to taking the General Securities Principal Exam (Series 24) and is appropriate for a candidate who is registered as a General Securities Sales Supervisor (SU) and wants to register as a General Securities Principal.

The Series 23 exam measures the degree to which each candidate possesses the knowledge needed to perform the critical functions of a general securities principal, including the rules and statutory provisions applicable to the supervisory management of a general securities broker-dealer. 

In addition to the Series 23 exam, candidates must have obtained the General Securities Sales Supervisor registration to hold the General Securities Principal registration.

For more information about the Series 23 exam, refer to FINRA Rule 1210 and FINRA Rule 1220(a)(2).

COVID-19 Guidance on FINRA-Administered Exams

FINRA and Prometric take the health and well-being of our community as a top priority. In response to the recent guidance from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the growing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), Prometric is closing its testing centers in the United States and Canada for a period of 30 days, starting March 18, 2020. Candidates who have an existing appointment will receive an email from Prometric with instructions on how to reschedule their appointment to a future date; rescheduling fees will not be applied. To change an existing appointment scheduled over 30 days (April 16 or later) or to schedule a new appointment, please access the Prometric website.

Additionally, FINRA is aware of the challenges that COVID-19 is presenting for our candidates who want to take exams. FINRA will extend all enrollment windows that are currently open and scheduled to expire by the end of May. Each FINRA-administered exam enrollment end date will be extended through the same end date of May 31, 2020. 

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Content Outline

The Series 23 Content Outline provides a comprehensive guide to the range of subjects covered on the exam, as well as the depth of knowledge required. 

The outline is comprised of five major job functions. The table below lists the allocation of exam items for each major job function.

Major Job Functions Number of Exam Items
Function 1 Supervision of Registration of the Broker-Dealer and Personnel Management Activities 6
Function 2 Supervision of General Broker-Dealer Activities 26
Function 3 Supervision of Retail and Institutional Customer-Related Activities 12
Function 4 Supervision of Trading and Market Making Activities 28
Function 5 Supervision of Investment Banking and Research 28


Candidates must be associated with and sponsored by a FINRA member firm or other applicable self-regulatory organization (SRO) member firm to be eligible to take FINRA principal-level qualification exams. For more information on eligibility requirements, refer to FINRA Rule 1210.

The Series 23 has corequisite exam requirements. Candidates must pass the SIE, Series 7 and Series 9 and 10 exams to hold the General Securities Sales Supervisor registration.

For more information on the registration process, see Register a New Candidate.

Permitted Activities

A general securities principal’s supervisory responsibilities are governed by the limitations of their representative-level registrations. Covered supervisory activities include regulatory compliance over:

  • Advertising
  • Market making
  • Trading
  • Underwriting