Certification for employers

Companies with a large number of DSI-certified employees have an advantage over other firms. Your staff can be registered with the DSI foundation as DSI certified professionals. By registering, your (potential) clients know that they are aided by professionals who place a high value on integrity and expertise. 

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 certified by DSI:

  • 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 10 certification 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

  • Is DSI certification obligatory?

    Is DSI certification obligatory?

    DSI was founded at the initiative of the financial sector in order to give form to the sector’s self-regulation activities. 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. DSI has signed a covenant with the supervisory body, the Financial Markets Authority (AFM). Many financial firms require their investment specialists to be registered with DSI.

  • What is the added value of registration and participation in DSI for my company?

    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. Moreover, doing so contributes to the legal requirement to guarantee fair and honest operations.

  • 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.

  • We have merged with another organisation, or we have split into two organisations. How can I inform DSI of that fact?

    When a firm merges or splits, a copy of the notary deed must be sent to DSI.

    Your DSI-certified employees can then be registered under the name of the new organisation, as long as it is also affiliated with DSI.

  • An employee has a new position or no longer spends a sufficient amount of his or her work hours on tasks related to the register. How can I inform DSI of that fact?

    A certified employee can passively retain his/her registration if he/she:

    • is no longer employed by a DSI-affiliated financial firm for a temporary period;
    • works for a participating company, but holds a position for which DSI has no registers; 
    • spends an insufficient amount of his/her work hours on tasks related to the register (in accordance with the percentage determined for that register);
    • works or plans on working abroad, whether or not for a participating organisation.

    If the employee wishes to be re-entered in the register at a later date, he/she can re-activate his/her registration under certain conditions.

    To do so, inform DSI by post or e-mail (info@dsi.nl) with the name of the employee, their date of birth and registration number. You must also state the effective date of the change.

DSI. For integrity and expertise in the financial sector.