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Options Supervisors Course (OPSC)


Become a Registered Options Principal

Become licensed to supervise investment advisors who trade Options with the Options Supervisors Course (OPSC). Through this course, you'll gain a thorough understanding of the rules and regulations of exchange-traded options in Canada.

Become a Registered Options PrincipalMeet proficiency requirements to become a Designated Registered Options Principal (DROP) or an Alternate Registered Options Principal (AROP)Become a Branch ManagerMeets proficiency requirements to become a branch manager in a firm that trades in optionsAdvance Your CareerPrepare to move into more senior roles


Who Should Enrol

Enrol in the OPSC if you:

  • Want to advance your career
  • Want to become an options-qualified branch manager
  • Want to become a Registered Options Principal
  • Are looking to enhance your knowledge of options account supervision

Oversee Options Trading

Students taking the OPSC learn the basics about options and strategies in order to be able to oversee trading in a branch. You'll gain a thorough understanding of the responsibilities of an options supervisor and have the knowledge with which to carry them out.


Learn About:

  • Bullish, bearish and volatility based option strategies
  • The risk and reward parameters of the various option strategies
  • The rules and regulations associated with:
    • Opening and supervising option accounts
    • Exchanges and clearinghouses, particularly the Montreal Exchange and the CDCC
    • Option strategies margin requirements and collection procedures

What's Included:

  • The Options Supervisors Course textbook, with chapter summaries and review questions
  • Academic support, with access to CSI's academic support specialists
  • Online course updates

Approximate Hours of Study**

Hours of Study 35 - 50 hours

** In order to provide some guidance to course participants as to the length of time it will take to be sufficiently prepared to write the final examination, CSI has prepared this estimate of the number of hours an average participant could possibly expect to spend studying for a course. Please note that these are only recommended hours of study developed based on research and our course content, however, this does not mean that some students with exceptional backgrounds would not take less time than recommended or that students with no background at all in finance or economics would not take longer than the maximum.


(weightings are approximate)


Overview of Equity Options 12%
Bullish Option Strategies 10%
Bearish Option Strategies 10%
Option Volatility Strategies 10%
Options Supervisor Responsibilities 18%
Opening and Approving Option Accounts 8%
Supervising Daily and Monthly Option Account Activity 18%
Client Margin Requirements 14%


Exams 1
Exam Format Paper Based
Exam Length 1.5 Hours
Question Format Multiple Choice
Questions Per Exam 50
Attempts Allowed Per Exam 3*
Passing Grade 60% (Per Exam)
Assignments None


Enrolment Period 1 year?


On successful completion of this course you will be able to download a Notice of Course Completion available through your student profile. This will remain on your profile as formal indication of course completion.

CSI will mail you a wall certificate within 4 - 6 weeks of course completion. If you would like to purchase a frame to display your certificate please click here. Please ensure that your First and Last Name on your profile match your First and Last Name on your Government Issued Photo identification - this will ensure you receive an accurate certificate.

CSI will be pleased to issue an Honors Certificate to all students who obtain a final course mark of 85% or higher.

*There is no charge for your first attempt at a paper-based exam within Canada, as long as it's at a regular exam center and you provide a minimum of 14 days notice before the date that you want to write the exam. If you would like to write a computer-based exam, an additional fee will be required.

Each subsequent paper-based exam attempt at a regular exam centre within Canada will also require an additional fee. This fee is in addition to any special, computer-based or international fees that may apply. You must provide a minimum of 14 days notice within Canada at a regular exam centre and 4 weeks notice for all other centres. Please note that the date of the exam is not part of any notice period.

?Please note: Access to your online materials will close 2 weeks after successful course completion or course expiry (whichever comes first). This course can be extended by 1 year provided you have not exceeded the attempts allowed for each exam. You can view CSI extension fees here. Your enrolment period can only be extended one time.

Important: During a student's enrolment period, CSI may update this course. In that case, details about the update and how it may affect students will be posted online via My CSI. Students are held responsible for and are examinable on the content in the course textbook(s) provided at the time of enrollment unless stated otherwise in My CSI. Students are encouraged to check My CSI regularly throughout their enrolment period.


Continuing Education (CE) Credits

Click the links below or the buttons at the top of the page on the right side to access CE accreditation information. To search for specific course information, press Ctrl + F and then enter the course name to search the document for the information you are interested in.

National/Provincial (Excluding Quebec)
Download CE Chart (PDF, 163 kb)

Quebec (IQPF/CSF)
Download IQPF/CSF Chart (PDF, 182 kb)

Please note: While CSI makes every effort to ensure that the information is up-to-date, we are unfortunately unable to fully guarantee its accuracy. The information listed in the charts above may be subject to change.

For details on the organizations and other information on CE Credits listed in the above charts, please click here.

This course is now eligible for CFA CE credits. CFA – Confirmation of CE Activities (PDF)