The FISD FIA and FISD DLS have moved online! Earn your certification at home. Totally convenient: no webcam or advanced scheduling required. Test center exams may be arranged on request, depending on availability in your area.

COVID-19 information: Some testing centers are closed. Review a list of test center closures here. Contact your testing center via the phone number listed in your registration for questions about their operating hours and policies. If you'd prefer to take your exam at home, contact Hope Wilkes for help moving your registration.  

Taking the Data Licensing Specialist Exam

The FISD Data Licensing Specialist certification focuses on some of the knottiest issues facing the financial services industry. 

Data licensing, compliance, and the various ways data can be derived and redistributed can be the source of headaches. A deep understanding of data licensing and its attendant issues can help professionals:

  • Avoid costly fees for non-compliance or paying for data when they shouldn’t.
  • Understand their customers’ pain points.
  • Speak the language of vendors, sub-vendors, and end users – understanding all sides of data licensing makes you a more effective communicator on behalf of your business.

The first in a planned series of FISD Level 2 exams, the Data Licensing Specialist is a 100-question multiple choice exam. Candidates have up to 2 hours 40 minutes to complete the exam at home via the Kryterion Webassessor online portal.

The official syllabus lists the key concepts candidates must master in order to pass the exam. These are organized into three sections: Firms and Roles in the Licensed Data Life Cycle, Licensing, and Governance, Compliance and Audit.

 

Taking the Exam

KryterionTest takers pay for their exam online through Kryterion's Webassessor portal. You may pay for your exam via a credit card or if you purchase exams for a group, FISD will provide voucher codes for your group to use. Note that at-home exams require no advance scheduling and can be completed on-demand in a single 2 hour 40 minute stretch.