Treasury Advisor

DSI Register

The DSI Treasury Advisor register lists professionals who inform professional investment clients about treasury products. Treasury products cover financial risks, such as interest rate risk, currency risk, and commodity risk. These products are highly complicated in nature. The constant innovations and changes in the trade in financial markets can make them even more complex.

As a professional who offers these services, you must therefore meet certain strict requirements to ensure that you possess the necessary professional expertise and skills. A listing in the DSI Treasury Advisor register shows that the professional meets the requirements stipulated by DSI and ESMA.

What does the Treasury Advisor register entail?

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Which professionals are listed in the register?

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Which conditions does DSI place on admission to the register?

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Treasury Advisor

For professionals advising clients about treasury products

What does the register entail?

The DSI Treasury Advisor register is intended for professionals who advise professional investment clients about treasury products. A listing in the DSI Treasury Advisor register indicates that the professional possesses sufficient knowledge and skills pertaining to the instruments traded and the relevant usances.

A registered professional must comply with the ESMA guidelines in the areas of knowledge and competency. The AFM considers the successful completion of a DSI-accredited examination to be a suitable qualification, in accordance with the ESMA guidelines. These guidelines serve in part to protect the investor and encourage the sector to work fairly, honestly, transparently and efficiently.

Registered professionals may have one of two statuses: Certified Professional or Candidate Certified Professional. Both must comply with the Code of Conduct drawn up by DSI. The difference is in the level of education or work experience the professional has acquired. A professional can receive the status of candidate certified if they do not meet all of these requirements.

Certified Professionals listed in the DSI Treasury Advisor register have successfully completed examinations for knowledge and skills. During a 12-month period (fulltime equivalent) over the past five years, they have spent a substantial portion of their time on register-related activities, and have participated in the annual DSI Continuing Professional Education program.

Who is listed in the register?

The DSI Treasury Advisor register lists professionals employed in the banking and treasury sector, for example as a (junior) trader or client consultant at a bank. The professionals advise on the coverage of financial risks, such as interest rate risk, currency risk and commodity risk.

What must a registered professional know?

The knowledge that a professional registered in the DSI Treasury Advisor register must possess is listed in the DSI qualifications. These qualifications were drawn up by the DSI advisory committees and DSI Accreditation Committee, and are based on the legal requirements stipulated by ESMA a few years ago.

Professionals advising on the coverage of financial risks must meet the MiFID II requirements for professional expertise. The ESMA Guidelines for Treasury Advisor are based on these requirements. A professional listed in the DSI Treasury Advisor register has acquired sufficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Risks and characteristics of financial products
  • Costs of financial products and services
  • Providing information
  • Suitability requirements for the recommendation, composition and management of the portfolio
  • Basic principles of the Treasury function
  • Consulting
  • Performance- and scenario-analysis
  • Valuation methods
  • The operation of financial markets
  • The impact of macro-economic developments on financial markets and assets
  • Recognising market manipulation and combatting money laundering

Registration conditions

Which conditions does DSI place on admission to the register?

Admission to the register and maintenance of the certification status are subject to a variety of requirements. These requirements vary from admission standards to the obligation of participating in a Continuing Professional Education program. A list of the various requirements and information about the Continuing Professional Education Program are provided below.

Admission requirements

  • General admission requirements
    • The employer or client must be a DSI participant;
    • The candidate must complete a registration screening, unless previously screened by AFM/DNB for current position;
    • The candidate must agree to, and abide by the DSI Code of Conduct;
    • The candidate must maintain their level of knowledge of legislation and regulations;
    • Since 2020, DSI-certified investment professionals must participate in an annual programme to maintain their professional expertise: the Continuing Professional Education Programme. For more information, click here.
  • Integrity

    The DSI Integrity Program must be successfully completed. This program consists of the following 2 elements:

    • E-learning from the Dutch Compliance Institute (Integrity Module)
    • Workshop Integrity and critical judgment (retail variant) from the Dutch Compliance Institute.

    If you have a CFA level 1 or VBA diploma, you are exempt from the Workshop element. You then only have to do the E-learning module.

  • Knowledge & Skills

    If you wish to be certified in the Treasury Advisor, you must have passed two exams

    • ACI Dealing certificate; and
    • Deficiency Exam Advising Treasury of The Financial Markets Academy. For more information about the deficiency test, click here
  • Work experience

    During a 12-month period (fulltime equivalent) over the past five years, the Certified Professional has spent a substantial portion of his/her time on register-related activities, whether in the current position or in previous positions.

  • Certification fees

    You can find the fees for DSI Certification here.

Continuing Professional Education: keeping your DSI Certification up to date

As a DSI (Candidate) Certified Professional listed in the Treasury Advisor register, you are required to successfully complete the Continuing Professional Education program each year. You can choose from a variety of education institutions that are accredited to provide the Continuing Professional Education program.

Educational Institutions

Successful completion of the DSI Continuing Professional Education programme indicates that you have met all of the legal requirements for certification. More information about the Continuing Professional Education programme can be found here.

Please note: You are free to choose your preferred provider. We recommend that you ask your employer if the organisation has made any collective agreements with the education providers.

More information

If you have any questions about the Treasury Advisor register, and cannot find the answers in the FAQ page, please contact one of our DSI associates. We would be happy to help you! You can contact us by e-mail via or by calling 020-6201274.