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ORDER ADOPTING THE MODIFIED SERIES 65 AND SERIES 66 EXAMINATION
FOR INVESTMENT ADVISER AGENTS

WHEREAS the Commissioner of Banking (the "Commissioner") is charged with the administration of Chapter 672a of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Connecticut Uniform Securities Act (the "Act") and Sections 36b-31-2 et seq. of the Regulations of Connecticut State Agencies promulgated under the Act;

WHEREAS Section 36b-31(a) of the Act provides, in part, that: "The commissioner may from time to time make, amend and rescind such ... orders as are necessary to carry out the provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive, including ... orders governing ... applications ... and defining any terms, whether or not used in said sections, insofar as the definitions are not inconsistent with the provisions of said sections. For the purpose of ... orders, the commissioner may classify securities, persons and matters within his jurisdiction, and prescribe different requirements for different classes";

WHEREAS Section 36b-31(b) of the Act adds that: "In prescribing ... orders the commissioner may cooperate with the securities administrators of the other states ... with a view to effectuating the policy of ... [the Act] to achieve maximum uniformity in the form and content of ... applications ... wherever practicable";

WHEREAS Section 36b-31(b) of the Act also provides that: "No … order may be made, amended or rescinded unless the commissioner finds that the action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of sections 36b-2 to 36b-33, inclusive";

WHEREAS the Commissioner finds that the issuance of this order is necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors and consistent with the purposes fairly intended by the policy and provisions of the Act;

WHEREAS Section 36b-15(b)(6) of the Act provides that "the commissioner may by regulation provide for an examination, which may be written or oral or both, to be taken by any class of or all applicants, as well as persons who represent or will represent an investment adviser in doing any of the acts which make him an investment adviser";

WHEREAS pursuant to the authority granted under Section 36b-15(b)(6) of the Act, the Commissioner promulgated Section 36b-31-15e(e) of the Regulations which requires that, effective October 1, 1994, "each applicant for registration as an investment adviser agent ... supply evidence to the commissioner that such applicant has taken and successfully passed the [Series 65] Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination or such other examination determined by the commissioner to be acceptable in lieu thereof";

WHEREAS Section 36b-31-31c of the Regulations provides that: "The commissioner may exempt a person ... from a specified provision of ... the regulations upon a finding that such exemption is in the public interest";

WHEREAS the Commissioner finds that granting the related exemptive relief set forth in this Order is in the public interest;

WHEREAS the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA), an association of state and Canadian securities regulators, has been instrumental in developing a modified version of the Series 65 examination designed to test investment advisory competency (the "Modified Series 65 Examination"), which Modified Series 65 Examination is scheduled to be available on or after January 1, 2000;

WHEREAS NASAA has also been instrumental in developing the Series 66 Uniform Combined State Law Examination, which represents a combination of the Series 63 and Series 65 examinations;

NOW THEREFORE THE COMMISSIONER ORDERS AS FOLLOWS:

1.

Effective January 1, 2000, for purposes of Section 36b-31-15e(e) of the Regulations, the Modified Series 65 examination or the Series 66 examination shall be deemed an acceptable substitute in fulfillment of the Section 36b-31-15e(e) examination requirement for new investment adviser agent applicants;
2. Effective January 1, 2000, for purposes of Section 36b-31-15e(e) of the Regulations, the Modified Series 65 examination or the Series 66 examination shall be deemed an acceptable substitute in fulfillment of the Section 36b-31-15e(e) examination requirement for new investment adviser agent applicants; The following individuals shall be "grandfathered" from having to pass the examination described in paragraph (1) of this Order: (a) Any individual registered under the Act as an investment adviser agent or an investment adviser on January 1, 2000; or (b) Any individual who has passed the previous version of the Series 65 or the Series 66 examination and who has been continuously registered as an investment adviser agent or as an investment adviser in any other state, as defined in Section 36b-3(19) of the Act, for the immediately preceding two years. Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph, the Commissioner may require that any individual otherwise "grandfathered" take either the Modified Series 65 examination or the Series 66 examination if retaking such examination is necessary in light of the individual's disciplinary history or limited areas of knowledge or expertise;
3. Effective January 1, 2000, the Commissioner may waive the examination requirement described in paragraph (1) of this Order for any investment adviser agent who: (a) has received the Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) designation conferred by the Investment Counsel Association of America (ICAA) [now known as the Investment Adviser Association]; (b) has been designated as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) by the Association for Investment Management and Research; (c) is a certified public accountant and has earned the Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) designation conferred by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; or (d) has earned the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation awarded by the International Board of Standards and Practices for Certified Financial Planners, Inc.;
4. Nothing in this Order shall preclude the Commissioner from granting discretionary relief from the examination requirements of this Order based upon a comprehensive evaluation of the applicant's prior employment, educational background, professional designations and disciplinary history, or from imposing such additional conditions on registration as may be necessary in the public interest.
5. The terms and conditions of this Order shall become effective on January 1, 2000 and shall remain in effect until modified, superseded or vacated by the Commissioner or other lawful authority.
So Ordered at Hartford, Connecticut
this 2nd day of December, 1999.
John P. Burke
Banking Commissioner

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