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. The National Commodity Futures Exam (Series 3) is administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). You can fill out an online application on the FINRA web site at https://accountmgmt.finra.org/auth/ews_logon.jsp?CTAuthMode=BASIC&login_form_location_basic. To study for the exam, you may wish to use our Futures Brokers Home Study Course. It is available in a three-ring binder format (click here for more information) and in an online format (click here for more information). 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 booklet 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 in computerized centers worldwide. For locations, see http://apps.finra.org/Registration_and_Qualifications/exam/listexamlocs_form.asp.
When does the electronic calendar come out?
Our electronic Futures Calendar and Reference Guide is usually first available during the previous August. At that time, the information is rather limited; however, we add information continually as more data becomes available. Once into the current year, we update the information in the e-Calendar at least monthly. For more information, 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.
How quickly can I get my products?
For domestic retail orders, we generally ship the same 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. Orders for e-Calendars can usually be set up within 24 to 48 hours.
What is the Center's returns policy?
Due to the easily photocopied nature of our printed products, we have a NO RETURNS policy.
Can I get quantities of the Center's products with my own customized cover on them?
Yes, the Center's booklets can be customized in quantities of 500 or more. For customized courses or booklets, please call (724) 458-5860 and ask for Bob Sennholz.
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 bank wires to our Deutsche Bank account in Düsseldorf, Germany. Wiring instructions: Bank #30070024, Account # 7504905, swift code DEUTDEDD
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 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 gives or the positions that the Center 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.