Series 4 – Registered Options Principal Exam
The Series 4 exam — the Registered Options Principal Qualification Exam (OP) — assesses the competency of an entry-level principal to perform their job as a registered options principal.
The exam measures the degree to which each candidate possesses the knowledge needed to perform the critical functions of a registered options principal, including the rules and statutory provisions applicable to the supervisory management of a firm’s options personnel, accounts and trading, as well as exchange rules and regulations applicable to the trading of options contracts.
In addition to the Series 4 exam, candidates must pass the Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam and the General Securities Representative Exam (Series 7) to hold the Registered Options Principal registration. For more information about the Series 4 exam, refer to FINRA Rule 1210 and FINRA Rule 1220(a)(8).
The Series 4 Content Outline provides a comprehensive guide to the range of topics covered on the exam, as well as the depth of knowledge required.
The outline is comprised of the six major job functions of an options principal. The table below lists the allocation of exam items for each major job function:
|Major Job Functions||Number of Exam Items|
|(F1) Supervise the Opening of New Options Accounts||21|
|(F2) Supervise Options Account Activities||25|
|(F3) Supervise General Options Trading||30|
|(F4) Supervise Options Communications||9|
|(F5) Implement Practices and Adhere to Regulatory Requirements||12|
|(F6) Supervise Associated Persons and Personnel Management Activities||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 registration requirements, refer to FINRA Rule 1210.
For more information on the registration process, see Register a New Candidate.
Covered supervisory activities and products include regulatory compliance over trading, market making, underwriting and advertising of:
- Equity options
- Foreign currency options
- Interest rate options
- Index options
- Options on government and mortgage-backed securities