Why certify?

DSI certifies financial professionals. DSI certification shows that you as a financial professional are up to date on the latest developments in the field of integrity, knowledge and professional expertise while ensuring that you are ESMA compliant.

If you have any questions, or you wish to register with DSI, please contact us via info@dsi.nl or 020-620 12 74 (menu option 2).

Why certify with DSI?

The Standard

  • DSI certification has been the standard in the investment sector since 1999.
  • Hundreds of financial firms are affiliated with DSI and require DSI certification for their investment professionals.
  • Thousands of financial professionals have proven their expertise and integrity by becoming DSI certified.

Unique

  • With your DSI certification, you show clients, prospects and peers that you place a high value on integrity and expertise.
  • You offer clients the assurance that you abide by the DSI Code of Conduct and that you have met the highest standards in your field.
  • Your certification is available to the public in the DSI register at dsi.nl.

Committed

  • DSI was founded by the financial sector itself in order to promote integrity and expertise within the sector. DSI stands for impartial, serious self-regulation.
  • Professionals working in the sector are active in many committees that advise on the conditions for DSI certifications.
  • As a financial professional, you meet the highest standards required by the sector.

Reliable

  • DSI stands for impartial, serious self-regulation at cost price.
  • Your DSI certification generates confidence, because it is clear which standards you have met, and your certification is available to the public in the DSI register at dsi.nl.
  • DSI certification is a condition of the covenant with the Financial Markets Authority (AFM).

What are the benefits of DSI certification?

A professional fully certified by DSI:

  • Is ESMA compliant (when applicable)
  • Has been screened.
  • Has been trained to recognise and deal with integrity-related dilemmas.
  • Has proven his or her expertise.
  • Is required to undergo regular reviews (Periodic Review).
  • Abides by the Code of Conduct.
  • Is subject to ethics enforcement.

A certification for each function

DSI has 10certification registers for professionals, so there is certainly one for your profession. See the DSI Registers page for an overview. The rates can be found on the Prices page.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will I be ESMA compliant if I certify with DSI?

    Yes. If you have succesfully certified for all of DSI's permanent education components - Integrity, Skills and Knowledge & Expertise - you will be fully ESMA compliant. The DSI Foundation has signed a covenant with Dutch markets supervisor AFM in which DSI agrees to ensure that certified financial professionals are compliant with the criteria in the compulsory Guidelines of the European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA). In return, the AFM supports DSI's certification program. For more information on ESMA and DSI, click the link.

  • What is the added value of DSI certification?

    With your DSI certification, you show clients, prospects and the supervisory body that your organisation places a high value on the integrity and expertise of your employees and invests in their improvement. DSI certification is a valuable calling card for you and your organisation.

  • Is DSI certification obligatory?

    DSI certification has been the standard in the investment sector since 1999. Hundreds of financial firms in the Netherlands are affiliated with DSI and require DSI certification for their investment professionals. DSI was founded at the initiative of the financial sector in order to give form to the sector’s self-regulation activities, and has a covenant with the supervisory body, the Financial Markets Authority (AFM).

    There is no legal requirement to be affiliated with or certified by DSI. However, financial firms do have a legal obligation to guarantee fair and honest operations. DSI helps in this by promoting and monitoring the expertise and integrity of financial professionals.

  • How does DSI differentiate itself from other similar organisations?

    DSI stands for impartial, serious self-regulation. DSI’s approach is characterised by a system that promotes and certifies the integrity and expertise of financial professionals on one hand, and that also intervenes when necessary on the other.

    Every DSI-certified professional has been exhaustively screened, has the relevant education and work experience, has completed the training necessary to deal with integrity-related dilemmas, and is periodically reviewed on their integrity and expertise. Moreover, DSI-certified professionals commit to abide by the Code of Conduct. And when they violate the Code of Conduct, they can be held accountable by ethics enforcement agencies. This ‘closed system’ enables consumers, employers and supervisory bodies to trust that the certified professionals meet the strictest standards placed by the sector.

  • How does DSI monitor fair and honest operations?

    DSI’s procedures are recorded in the Administrative Organisation and Internal Management Measures document. An accountant monitors DSI’s compliance with these procedures and provides a report of his or her findings to both the board and the AFM, as per the terms of the covenant between DSI and AFM.

  • Can I be included in more than one register?

    You can be included in more than one register if you meet certain job profile and admission requirements. One of these requirements is that you spend a certain percentage of your working hours on tasks that are covered by the DSI register. An overview of the various DSI registers and their conditions can be found on the DSI Registers page.

  • Must I have completed an integrity module in order to be considered for addition to a register?

    No, you have three months’ time to complete the DSI Integrity Module after you apply for admission to a DSI register. If participation in the Ethics workshop is a requirement for the register you wish to join, then you have one year to attend the workshop after you apply for admission to the register.

  • I no longer spend a sufficient amount of his or her work hours on tasks related to the register. How can I inform DSI of that fact?

    If you are still working at the financial institution with which you are registered, but no longer meet the requirements for active registration, you can inform DSI via your MijnDSI account. Simply use the online ‘Work Mutation Form’. You can also inform DSI of the change via e-mail at: info@dsi.nl. Please state which register you are listed in and the effective date of the change.

DSI. For integrity and expertise in the financial sector.