This section is intended for individuals that operate or would like to operate in the area of the distribution of financial products and services as a certified representatives.

To be authorized to advise consumers and to sell financial products and services, you must obtain the right to practice pursuant to An Act respecting the distribution of financial products and services This link will open in a new window.

Issuance of certificate

The AMF will issue a representative's certificate in your name if you comply with the following requirements:

The certificate is valid for a one-year period and entitles you to pursue your activities.

Right to practise

For an individual, the right to practise means obtaining a representative's certificate and being authorized to carry on professional activities in one of the following manners:

An individual may carry on activities:

  • on behalf of one or more firms as an attached representative; or
  • on behalf of an independent partnership as an employee or partner of the partnership; or
  • as an independent representative.

Carrying on activities on behalf of a firm

A certified representative who carries on activities on behalf of a firm is referred to as an "attached representative." Except for the securities sector, a representative may be attached to more than one firm.

To obtain a right to practise, an individual must:

Carrying on activities on behalf of an independent partnership

A certified representative who carries on activities on behalf of an independent partnership acts as an employee or partner of the partnership.

To obtain a right to practise, an individual must:

Carrying on activities as an independent representative

An independent representative carries on activities without being attached to a firm or without being a partner or employee of an independent partnership.

To obtain a right to practise, an individual must:

Renewal

You must renew your certificate 30 days before its expiry date. The expiry date is set on the day preceding the first day of the month corresponding to the first letter of the certificate holder's surname. 

To avoid delays in the processing of your application, send us the form along with your payment by mail at least 15 days before your certificate expires, or submit them using AMF E-Services.

Surname starting with:Expiry of the certificate
A or BJanuary 31
CFebruary 28
DMarch 31
E, F or GApril 30
H, I, J or KMay 31
LJune 30
M, N or OAugust 31
P, Q or RSeptember 30
S,T or UOctober 31
V, W, X, Y or ZNovember 30

Add sector

You may be certified in several sectors or sector classes, provided that you meet all related requirements. However, a claims adjuster may not carry on activities in other sectors or classes.

To add a sector to your certificate, you must complete an Application for a representative's certificate and check the appropriate box.

If you wish to be authorized to pursue activities as a representative in a given sector or sector class and you are already the holder of a certificate issued by the AMF in another sector or class, you are exempt from the examinations you already passed.

Add special designations

If you are authorized to carry on special activities, several designations may be added to your certificate: