How to qualify to trade on the commodity and agricultural markets in South Africa

South African commodity and agricultural traders on the Johannesburg Stock exchange (JSE) must complete the prescribed Agricultural Products Market Dealers Exam which consists of an e-book and internet based examination, which can be delivered online anywhere in Africa and the world, provided an invigilator and internet access can be arranged. This exam is administered by the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM), a non-profit professional association established to promote integrity and professionalism in the financial markets.

SAIFM’s examination services are widely prescribed by African exchanges, particularly in SADC countries and conducted in those countries at an internet-based testing centre or at the local bourse. Further north where English is spoken, SAIFM’s flagship exams, the Registered Persons Examinations (RPEs) are also used. The RPE consists of various modules which can be combined to best serve the needs of a trader or financial advisor including for example Equity, Bonds, Money Market and Derivatives. One of these modules is the Agricultural Products Market Dealers Exam which is required by the JSE for commodity and agricultural traders and which can be useful for traders or advisers working in this field in the rest of Africa.

Apart from the RPE, SAIFM administers the JSE proprietary examinations (registered securities trader, compliance and settlement officer examinations) and Strate’s proprietary examinations which could also be completed on a distance learning basis.

SAIFM hosts the highly successful annual Regulatory Summit as well as regular workshops throughout the year on financial market topics. The next summit is to be held on 21 September 2017 at the Hilton, Sandton. Please see and

SAIFM also offers an online journal namely the SA Financial Markets Journal ( which mainly covers capital markets, economy, investment and financial regulations and provides a platform for financial markets practitioners to share their knowledge and insight with colleagues. We welcome contributions from financial markets practitioners within Africa.

By Karin van Wyk, CEO, SAIFM

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