Intermediaries play a pivotal and valuable role in promoting sale of Mutual Funds. It is therefore vital that those engaged in selling Mutual Funds have the highest standards of knowledge attitude and ethics. Their well being, quality orientation and ways of doing business will have a significant impact on how the Mutual Fund Industry develops in the future.
AMFI introduced the process to register the intermediaries who have passed the certification test as AMFI Registered Mutual Fund Advisors (ARMFA), thus laying the foundation for an organized industry and allotting a unique code-AMFI Registration Number (ARN)along with an identity card. SEBI recognizing the importance of this initiative taken by AMFI had made Registration with AMFI after passing AMFI Certification Test compulsory for intermediaries. SEBI has clarified that after obtaining certification from NISM as per changed mandate (w.e.f. June 01, 2010), the requirement of registration with AMFI, in terms of its circular dated November 28, 2002 would continue.
As such, all NISM Certified Intermediaries engaged in marketing and selling of Mutual Fund schemes are required to be registered with AMFI after passing NISM Certification Test. The Mutual Funds will not be able to deal with intermediaries who are not registered with AMFI and obtained ARN.
In terms of SEBI Circular dated September 13, 2012, "AMFI shall create a unique identity number of the employee/ relationship manager/ sales person of the distributor interacting with the investor for the sale of mutual fund products, in addition to the AMFI Registration Number (ARN) of the distributor.The application form for mutual fund schemes shall have provision for disclosing the unique identity number of such sales personnel along with the ARN of the distributor."
The AMFI Registration Number (ARN) has been introduced as the unique code, which identifies the intermediary as ARMFA.
Passing certificate issued by National Institute of Securities Market (NISM) in respect of 'NISM - Series V-A : Mutual Fund Distribution Examination' has validity period of three years. Also, the CPE certificate issued by NISM is valid for three years.
Accordingly, ARN issued to individual, senior citizens and EUIN issued to employees against such certificates shall have validity period from the date of submission of ARN registration application up to the validity date mentioned on the passing certificate/ CPE certificate, if the application is in order. In case of corporate entities, validity period for Letter of Registration issued is 3 years.
In order to promote best practices and ethical standards in the business of sale of Mutual Fund schemes, AMFI has formulated broad guidelines and norms including a code of conduct for the intermediaries, which will be applicable to ARMFA.
AMFI believes that a sincere endeavor to adhere to the guidelines and the code would help promote best and healthy practices in the area of sales and marketing which would ultimately benefit all concerned - the investor, the intermediary and the industry as a whole.
In terms above mentioned notification and SEBI circulars, employees/ relationship manager/ sales person of ARN holders who are engaged in marketing of Mutual Funds Products, are also required to pass test and register with AMFI, under ARN of the employer.
AMFI, has allotted Employee Unique Identity Number (EUIN) to all the employees, who are registered with AMFI and having valid registration. A photo identity card bearing EUIN is also being issued to the existing corporate employees after they surrender existing corporate employee ARN card issued to them.
The employees would be henceforth issued EUIN card containing EUIN, name, photo and validity period of EUIN.
The said EUIN is required to be mentioned on the Mutual Fund scheme application forms with effect from January 1, 2013.
EUIN issued to the employees would remain same, even if they change their employment and join some other ARN holder for selling/ marketing Mutual Fund products. However, for effecting such change in AMFI's records, the employees are required to submit duly filled in form for mapping EUIN as stated here under.
The employees are required to fill up the form for mapping EUIN in the following scenarios and submit the duly filled in and signed form to CAMS along with required documents.
AMFI has authorized M/s Computer Age Management Services Pvt. Ltd. (CAMS) to act as processing agent on its behalf for the purpose of ARN.
For registering with AMFI, Intermediaries are required to apply in the prescribed form. The form can be obtained from the office of AMFI or any office of CAMS. Alternatively, the form can also be downloaded from AMFI's website
For the details of fees and documents required to be submitted by various categories of intermediaries for obtaining ARN and by employees for obtaining EUIN, please click here
Fees payable for obtaining duplicate ARN card due to change of name, address, ARN card lost, etc. in case of individuals/senior citizens is ₹ 1000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹1180/-
Fees payable for obtaining duplicate EUIN card due to change of name/ EUIN card lost, etc. in case of corporate employees is ₹ 1000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹1180/-.
Fees payable for issue of duplicate Letter of Registration in case corporates is ₹ 5000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹5,900/-.
§ ₹ 10,000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹11,800/-.
§ the fees payable would be higher of
§ ₹ 10,000/- plus 18% GST i.e. ₹11,800/- and
§ the differential fee along with 18% GST thereon, if the change in status is from a category charged with lower registration fee to a category charged with higher registration fee.
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ARN holders/ EUIN holders are required to apply for renewal of ARN/ EUIN on or six months prior to expiry of validity period of ARN/ EUIN. If the renewal application is submitted prior to expiry of validity period of ARN/ EUIN and the same is found in order, there would be continuity in the validity period of ARN/ EUIN, post renewal.
If the renewal application is submitted after expiry of ARN/ EUIN, validity of renewed ARN/ EUIN would commence from the date of submission of renewal application and would be valid up to the validity date mentioned on the NISM passing certificate/ CPE Certificate, in case of individual/ senior citizens/ employees. In case of Corporate ARN holders, Letter of Registration shall be renewed for a period of three years from the date of submission of ARN renewal application.
The procedure for renewal of ARN / Letter of Registration is as under :
ARN holders are required to make an application in the prescribed form. Download the ARN renewal form for
For the details of fees required to be submitted by various categories of intermediaries for renewal of ARN and by employees for renewal of EUIN,please click here
The following CPE Providers are empanelled with NISM to conduct the Continuing Professional Education program for Mutual Fund Distributors :
|S.No||Name of CPE Provider||E-mail Id||Contact Details|
|1||Centre for Investor Education & Learning Pvt. Ltd. (CIEL)||email@example.com||022-42170575 |
|2||Financial Technologies Knowledge Management Co. Ltd. (FTKMC)||firstname.lastname@example.org||022 - 67318840 |
022 - 67318908
|3||National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM)||email@example.com||022 – 66735100-05|
|4||National Securities Depository Ltd. (NSDL)||firstname.lastname@example.org||022 - 24994487, |
022 - 24994479,
022 - 24994481
|5||National Stock Exchange (NSE)||email@example.com||022 – 26598216|
For certificate queries, please contact ::
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For further information on NISM Certification Test as well as CPE, one may contact :
National Institute of Securities Markets
6th Floor, NISM Bhavan
Plot No 82, Sector 17
Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 703
Ph: 022-6673 5100 - 05