Branch Managers' Examination Course (BME)

The Branch Managers’ Examination (BME) Course is the IFSE proficiency course for those who aspire to become a Branch Manager or an Alternate Branch Manager for a member dealer under the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA). Recognized under MFDA Rule 2.5.5, the BME course covers the role and responsibilities of Branch Managers for branch supervision, including the supervision of Dealing Representatives. Proficiency under the BME course is applicable to MFDA member dealers in all provinces, except Québec.

Tools and Pricing

Standard Course Price $410
IFIC Members Course Price $310
Printed Textbook $70
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Course Information

Delivery Online
Language English
Suggested study time 30 to 60 hours
Enrolment period 1 year
Practice exam Yes, 100 questions

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  • Those seeking to become a Branch Manager or Alternate Branch Manager for an MFDA member dealer (except Québec)
  • Those seeking to become a Branch Manager or Alternate Branch Manager for non-MFDA dealers who have designated the IFSE BME Course under their firm’s proficiency requirements
  • Anyone interested in learning about the duties and responsibilities of a Branch Manager

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Format Paper-based proctored exam
PEARSON VUE Computer-based test centre proctored exam
PEARSON VUE Computer-based online proctored exam
Time permitted 180 minutes
Question format Multiple choice
Passing grade 60%
Attempts allowed 3
Note: Your first paper-based proctored exam attempt (exceptions may apply) is included in the price of the course enrolment. Additional fees apply for subsequent exam attempts and other exam delivery formats.
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Unit Weighting
Unit 1: The Role of the Branch Manager 11%
Unit 2: Branch Supervision 8%
Unit 3: Know Your Client, Know Your Product, and Suitability 19%
Unit 4: Other Legislation and Regulatory Requirements 6%
Unit 5: New Accounts and Trade Reviews 24%
Unit 6: Other Branch Supervision Activities 14%
Unit 7: Business Conduct Supervision 18%


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You will receive an email from IFSE when your exam results are available. Exam results for paper-based and computer-based exams are available online within three to five business days following the exam if you have no outstanding fees. Exam results for online exams are available immediately upon submission.

You can access your exam results by logging into your IFSE account. Once you have logged in:

  • Select "Courses".
  • Select "Show me my Marks for this Course" (this link only appears when your results are available).

Printed text materials or textbooks are hardcopy versions of the online course material. They are optional to purchase and take between five to seven business days to be delivered. They do not include any interactive components (i.e., exercises, quizzes, case study and practice exam) from the online course. Instead, you are instructed to go online to complete those elements. This product is not refundable.

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