Margin Lending

There are two Margin Lending courses:

  1. Margin Lending – this is a 1.5 hour online exam (+ 15 minutes reading time. 40 multiple choice questions, 80% passmark). This course meets the training requirements under ASIC Regulatory Guide RG146 to provide retail advice in specialist knowledge for Margin Lending at a Tier 1 level; and
  2. Margin Lending Skills – this is a Case Study Assignment that meets the “Skills” component for ASIC Regulatory Guide RG146 (in Margin Lending) at Tier 1 level.

Margin lending providers must ensure that their representatives are adequately trained and competent.

Advisers on margin lending must fulfil the training requirements under Regulatory Guide 146 ‘Licensing: Training of financial product advisers’ (RG 146). RG 146 sets out minimum standards for the training of all advisers, and has been updated to include margin lending as a Tier 1 product.

An adviser who provides advice on Tier 1 products must undertake:

  • training in generic knowledge of the environment in which the products operate, and
  • specialist knowledge training on the financial products on which advice is provided.

Margin Lending is intended to provide specialist knowledge training for advisers providing advice on margin lending facilities, as set out in Appendix A2 of RG 146.

If an adviser provides personal advice, they are also required to complete approved training courses covering relevant skills.

Margin Lending Skills is intended for those candidates who have already completed courses on ‘providing advice in …’ other financial products such as securities, managed investments, derivatives and/or superannuation. Candidates should be familiar with the advice giving process already. The focus of the Margin Lending Skills course is the advice giving process – not the bigger picture of being a licensee and complying with legislative requirements. Most of the detail is about the skills of giving advice – fact finding, setting objectives, evaluating products, justifying solutions, presenting solutions and negotiating outcomes.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

The Margin Lending course provides 10 FASEA CPD hours to candidates. The Margin Lending Skills provides 10 FASEA CPD hours to candidates. See breakdown for FASEA areas:

FASEA CPD Area Margin Lending Course Margin Lending Skills
Technical competence 5 hours 5 hours
Regulatory compliance and consumer protection 4 hours 4 hours
General 1 hour 1 hour
Total Hours 10 hours 10 hours


Regarding RG146 CPD, candidates may claim 10 hours of CPD in Generic, Securities and/or Margin Lending, and including up to 6 hours of Compliance CPD for completing the Margin Lending course.

Learning outcomes

The Margin Lending course covers the areas of:

  • Gearing
  • Margin Lending
  • Alternative means of achieving geared exposure
  • Tax deductibility of the interest
  • Franked dividends
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Compliance topics

Is there any assumed pre-requisite knowledge?

There is no assumed knowledge for this course.

Please ensure that the course you intend to enrol in is one you are required to undertake and are committed to completing, as fees are non-refundable. Substitutes are welcome within the enrolment period.

Assessment details

Margin Lending:

1 x Online Exam (Open or Closed Book, 40 questions, 1.5hrs + 15min reading time, 80% pass mark)

Margin Lending Skills:

1 x Assignment (Case Study, 80% pass mark)

Suggested study hours

Margin Lending: Allow up to 120 hours

Margin Lending Skills: Allow up to 120 hours

How does the process work?

Courses are administered by the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association (SAFAA). Enrolments close at 3.00pm every Monday Sydney time.

  • Candidate enrols online/registration is received.
  • Candidate receives Welcome email from SAFAA on Tuesday with course information/study materials.
  • Candidate completes and returns ‘Exam Booking Form’ to schedule their exam day/time. This must be done at least 3 days prior to exam.
  • SAFAA releases exam/closes exam at designated day/time.
  • The Candidate’s approved Supervisor supervises exam and returns the ‘Declaration by Online Exam Supervisor’ to SAFAA. Results will not be released until SAFAA has received the completed ‘Declaration by Online Exam Supervisor’.
  • Candidate receives result (results are released within 1 working day). Candidate receives Certificate (Certificates are issued end of each month).

Margin Lending

Non-Member: $280.00
Organisation Member: $280.00
Practitioner Member: $280.00

Margin Lending Online Exam Remote Supervision

Non-Member: $75.00
Organisation Member: $75.00
Practitioner Member: $75.00

Margin Lending Online Exam Resit

Non-Member: $250.00
Organisation Member: $250.00
Practitioner Member: $250.00

Margin Lending Skills

Non-Member: $200.00
Organisation Member: $200.00
Practitioner Member: $200.00

Margin Lending Skills Assignment Resubmission

Non-Member: $200.00
Organisation Member: $200.00
Practitioner Member: $200.00

Useful downloads

Please go to each course page to enrol directly online.

PDF Enrolment form

Supervisor Guidelines

SAFAA Exam Booking Form (to be completed and returned by candidate at least 3 days prior to them sitting their online exam)

Summary of Assessment

Enrolments close at 3.00pm every Monday Sydney time.