Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find information about the Center for Futures Education's products?
Our complete list of products is available at our online store.
I want to become a futures broker. How do I get started?
If you want to become a futures broker who can handle customers trading futures and futures options on U.S. futures markets, you need to pass the Series 3 exam. To study for the exam, you may wish to use our Futures Brokers Home Study Course. It is available in an online format (click here for more information) and three-ring binder format (click here for more information).
The National Commodity Futures Exam (Series 3) is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). You can fill out a U-10 Form on the FINRA web site after logging in here.
After you pass the exam, you must become associated with a brokerage firm or start your own. You will also be required to take ethics training. The Center offers online ethics training. For more information, you may want to order our booklets 20 Tips for Getting Hired by a FCM or IB, and How to Become a Futures Broker.
Are there any prerequisites for taking the Series 3 exam?
Yes; you must be at least 18 years old to take these exams. Also, it is possible to be restricted from taking the exam if you have a criminal record involving "moral turpitude."
Where can licensing exams be taken and how can I find out about them?
The Series exams are offered online and in computerized testing centers worldwide. To take the exam online, a FINRA Online Exam Administration Request Form will need to be filed. For Prometric test center locations, click here.
Does the Center provide seminars? If so, what is the cost?
Occasionally, we conduct Series 3 preparatory classes if a firm has a group of trainees. Please call (724) 458-5860 and ask for Bob Sennholz if you would like to have a class at your firm. Costs vary depending on location.
For domestic retail orders, we generally ship the same day or next day by UPS ground.
We can also ship by 3-Day Select, Second Day Air, or Next Day Air for an extra charge. For international shipments, we can ship by USPS, UPS Express or UPS Expedited. Access to electronic courses and booklets is generally made available automatically by e-mail at the time you order through our online store. If you don't receive your automated login information within 10 minutes, please check your spam filter.
What is the Center's returns/cancellation policy?
Due to the easily reproduced nature of our printed products, we have a NO RETURNS policy. Online products that have been accessed cannot be canceled for a refund.
Can I have my prospects and/or customers access the Center's online products as a premium that I offer?
Yes, the Center's online booklets can be set up as a premium that you offer in exchange for their contact information. To learn more, please call (724) 458-5860.
How can I pay for my order?
The Center accepts VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, checks drawn on U.S. banks, money orders, certified checks, and PayPal.
On March 21, 1994, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved the Center for Futures Education's (the Center's) application to provide its ethics programs to all categories of Commission registrants in satisfaction of the Commission's ethics training requirements.
By authorizing the Center to provide ethics training (pursuant to Rule 3.34 (b)), the CFTC and NFA have not approved the specific content of the ethics training programs the Center (or anyone else) provides and expresses no opinion as to the quality or accuracy of the programs. Furthermore, the CFTC and NFA do not endorse the instruction that the Center (or anyone else) gives or the positions that the Center (or anyone else) takes in the course or resolving any actual or hypothetical situation presenting ethical issues. In short, the CFTC and NFA have not reviewed or approved the specific content of the ethics training and do not recommend the Center's (or anyone else's) training.