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SYSC 5.1.5AEGRP
(1) 11The FCA expects a firm to act consistently with the ESMA guidelines referred to in SYSC 5.1.5ADG in relation to its MiFID or equivalent third country business.(2) The FCA is required to publish various information on its website in relation to firms’ assessment of relevant individuals’ knowledge and competence. That information can be found at https://www.fca.org.uk/firms/training-competence(3) A firm to which the Training and Competence sourcebook (TC) applies may satisfy
TC 1.1.1BGRP
4ESMA has issued guidelines specifying criteria for the assessment of knowledge and competence. The ESMA guidelines can be found at https://www.esma.europa.eu/document/guidelines-assessment-knowledge-and-competence.
TC 4.1.4RRP

Unless the context requires otherwise the rules in column 1 of the table are amended as set out in column 2:

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TC 2.1.1R(1)

Insert the following at the end of TC 2.1.1R(1):

“In addition, a firm must not assess a relevant individual as competent unless the firm has satisfied itself that the relevant individual possesses the knowledge and competence to enable the firm to meet its obligations under SYSC 5.1.5ABR. This means that the relevant individual has also:

(a) obtained appropriate experience which means that the relevant individual has successfully demonstrated the ability to carry on the activities through previous work experience. This work must have been performed, on a full-time equivalent basis, for a minimum period of 6 months; and

(b) attained an appropriate qualification which means a qualification or other test or training course that meets the criteria set out by the ESMA guidelines.

The level of knowledge and competence needed to fulfil the firm’s obligations reflects the scope and degree of the activities, as described in TC 4.1.2R above, carried out by the relevant individual.”

TC 2.1.2R

The provision is amended by adding after TC 2.1.2R:

“A relevant individual, who has not acquired the necessary knowledge or competence to carry out the activities in TC 4.1.2R above, cannot provide those activities under supervision for a period exceeding 48 months.”

TC 2.1.5R(1)

The provision is amended by adding after TC 2.1.5R:

“Where a relevant individual has not acquired the necessary knowledge and competence to carry out the activities described in TC 4.1.2R above:

(a) the firm must ensure that the individual supervising the relevant individual:

(i) has been assessed as competent to provide such personal recommendation or information;

(ii) has the necessary skills and resources to act as a competent supervisor; and

(iii) takes responsibility for the personal recommendation or information, referred to in TC 4.1.2R above, provided by the relevant individual under supervision as if the supervisor is providing the personal recommendation including any suitability report (COBS 9) or information; and

(b) the firm must ensure that the supervision provided to a relevant individual is tailored to the services provided by the individual.”

SUP 12.4.2BGRP
(1) 13 A firm to which SUP 12.4.2AR applies should also have regard to SYSC 5.1 (Skills, knowledge and expertise). The requirements of the Training and Competence sourcebook (TC) and guidance in the Fit and Proper Test for Employees and Senior Personnel16 (FIT) may also be relevant. (2) ESMA has issued guidelines for MiFID investment firms specifying the criteria for the assessment of knowledge and competence. These guidelines are relevant to tied agents (see SYSC 5.1.5ADG).