DSI Deficiency Institutional CFA/VBA

  • Category
    DSI courses
  • Type
  • Duration
    10 hours
  • Start date
  • Price
  • Languages
    EN, NL

The European Securities & Markets Authority (ESMA) guidelines have been in force since January 2018. These guidelines set strict requirements in terms of knowledge and skills for professionals who provide information about investments.

This Deficiency module closes the gap between the VBA or CFA training and the ESMA guidelines, by covering the subjects that are not in the two courses. After completing this course, you will meet, combined with a VBA or CFA Level 3 certificate, one of the admission requirements for the DSI Certification DSI Institutional Investment Advisor and/or Information Provider.

The exam of this course is accredited by DSI. That means that the exam meets the qualifications formulated by DSI and gives access to a DSI certification.

Education level

This is a course at HBO (higher vocational education) level. This Deficiency module closes the gap between the VBA or CFA training and the ESMA guidelines, by covering the subjects that are not in the two courses.


  • Meet the ESMA guidelines on knowledge and professionalism that are not covered by the VBA or CFA training
  • Gain knowledge that can be directly applied in your daily practice

Set-up and examination


  • Costs
  • Benchmarks
  • Client classification and disclosure requirements
  • Prudent person rule
  • Documentation in outsourcing
  • Sources of information
  • Pensions regulations and pension discussion
  • ESG regulations
  • Reporting obligations to DNB
  • Skills: explanation and practice

Practice questions

For each topic cluster, the course offers practice questions. This allows you to test what you know about the topics. The practice questions are not representative of the exam. The questions in the practice exam are.


The MemoTrainer was created with Ebbinghaus’ theory in mind. He claimed that repetition was the secret to memorisation and created a scheme that would ensure that knowledge was stored in long-term memory. This is what the MemoTrainer is based on.

Review exercises are generated daily via MemoTraining for each participant individually. The questions you answer incorrectly return more often than those you answer correctly. Their progress is visible under Retention.

You can choose the days you want to practice, whether you receive a reminder in your mailbox and the maximum number of questions you want to receive per MemoTraining.

The MemoTrainer contains the practice questions you find with each block and the questions from the practice exam. As soon as you have completed a series of practice questions or the practice exam, these questions will be added to the MemoTrainer and you can start repeating them.


You will complete this training with an exam at one of Lamark’s testing centers. The first exam is included in the price of this course. You will find a voucher and instructions in the learning environment. You can book re-exams directly from the learning environment. You pay for these separately.

In the learning environment you will find a practice exam that gives you a good impression of the real exam.

Diploma Deficiency Institutional CFA/VBA

If you pass the exam, you will receive a diploma for this course. With this, together with CFA or VBA diploma, you will meet one of the admission requirements for the DSI certification Investment Advisor or Investment Information Provider.

Study duration

The study duration for this course is around 10 hours, depending on your previous knowledge.


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What our students say

”The content was clear and well structured. It gave me a good preparation for the exam.”

Personal advice

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Do you offer tailor-made courses?

We think our courses should have practical relevance for all participants. We are happy to adapt our standard programs, so that they fit in with what is going on in your organization. You can personalize content or create a combination of subjects from different DSI programs. Read more about tour tailor-made solutions.

How can I follow the courses?

Our courses are easily accessible, both online and through the app of aNewSpring. You can study wherever and whenever you want.

Wealso offer ‘blended learning’ programs, in which we combine the benefits of in-class and online learning.

How can I sign up for a course?

The Ministry of Compliance distinguishes between individual registrations and registrations on behalf of an organization. As an individual, you can sign up through the website. Just click the ‘register’ button and you can get started right away.

Organizations that want to register several employees at once can get in touch with us. We will make sure your employees can get started as soon as possible.

What about reporting?

Demonstrable professional competence requires good reporting. That is why you can easily create and export reports within our online learning environment via a free accessible dashboard. As an individual participant you can keep track of your own progress. As an organization you can also appoint a contact person who has insight into the progress reports of the entire group of participants.

Who is behind The Ministry of Compliance?

The Ministry of Compliance is an initiative of Projective Group, specialists in financial laws and regulations. Our courses are developed by experienced consultants, supplemented with knowledge from external experts.


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