SMCR – Senior Managers & Certification Regime

Course description

We offer in-company training and consulting on SMCR and Conduct Risk. Sessions can be delivered virtually or in your office. Contact us to discuss your requirements. 

In March 2016 the first part of Senior Managers Regime ‘SMR’ came into force together with it’s equivalent for the insurance sector – SIMR – Senior Insurance Managers Regime. Both set out key elements of holding individuals within financial services to account to maintain long-terms stability of organisations.

By March 2018 Certification Regime ‘CR’ will replace current Approved Persons regime. The Regulator wants to keep key senior managers accountable in case of any mismanagement in order to avoid some of the high profile cases from the past few years.

Attending this one day course will give you an overview of what the regulator requires of senior managers and what this means to the firm as a whole. Learn about key considerations and actions, what needs to be done and the responsibilities to be adopted by those of significant influence within your firm.
Benefits of the course:
  • Reduce the risks of breaching the new regulation
  • Get a real-life perspective on the role of a regulated Senior Manager – The course will help you get a working understanding of the complex rules and give you a firm grasp on your responsibilities, and help you perform your role in a way that protects you and your firm from FCA sanctions.
  • Protect you and your firm by identifying your high-risk activities – The course guides you through the practical application of the rules in a way that gives a better understanding of your business and the activities that are putting you at a greater risk.

What will you learn

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Appreciate and understand the background to the requirements
  • Understand the structure and shape of both the Senior Managers Regime and the certification regime
  • Recognise the new Conduct Rules, who’s affected, the change in terminology and impact on your firm as a whole
  • Understand what Significant Influence Function ‘Fit and Proper’ requires
  • Learn how the regulator expects Senior Managers to behave
  • Understand how ‘normal’ business activities can lead to breaches
  • Recognise the systems and controls necessary to support management of the firm

You may be also interested in one of the following programmes: 

Register for any 2 of the public courses and save £100 + VAT (in total, not per course)

Main topics covered during this training

  • The Senior Managers Regime – Regulation and requirements
  • Implications for Senior Management
  • The shape and structure of SMR
  • Prescribed responsibilities
  • The Certification Regime
  • Fit and Proper requirements
  • Day to day activities of regulated Senior Managers
  • Conduct Rules
  • Implications for the wider population of the firm
  • Review actions taken by the FCA and PRA
  • Review of the good and poor practices of firms that have implemented SMR
  • Action planning – What actions are to be taken at each level within your firm

Who should attend

  • Senior Management
  • Approved Persons
  • Compliance Professionals
  • Human Resources / L&D  / Training
  • Risk Management
  • Internal Audit
  • Third party administrators and other service providers from the investment management sector.


The Background to the Requirements

  • What is the FCA looking to achieve
  • Who within firms are affected
  • Feedback from banks and insurance firms that are now under the regime
The Senior Managers Regime
  • Implications for Senior Management
  • The shape and structure of SMR
  • Prescribed responsibilities
  • The responsibility map
  • Certificate of responsibility
  • Hand over documentation
The Certification Regime
  • Who is affected
  • ‘Training and competence’, Company structure and support
Fit and Proper requirements
  • Standards of FCA fitness and propriety
  • The implications of failing the Fit and Proper standards
  • Keeping the regulator informed
Day to day activities of regulated Senior Managers
  • What the FCA expect from Senior Managers
  • What to expect at a Senior Managers FCA interview
  • How to meet ‘Fitness and Propriety’ standards
Conduct Rules
  • Implications for the wider population of the firm
  • How do the new rules affect existing regulation?
  • The help and support your employees need
The experience of firms operating under the new regimes
  • Review actions taken by the FCA and PRA
  • Review of the good and poor practices of firms that have implemented SMR
Action planning
  • Consider how your firm’s current Significant Influence Function processes and procedures will need be enhanced
  • What actions are to be taken at each level within your firm


            – Senior management
            – Management
            – Team leaders
            – Employees
Summary and course close



Paul is a regulatory expert with 20 years of experience in the financial services. Previously a Compliance Director with one of the country’s largest Investment Management firm, before moving into consultancy and holding interim roles as Head of Compliance and MLRO as well as leading a number of projects that took firms such as Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, Axa and Deustche Bank through authorisation and responding to the FCA sanctions. 

His professional experience includes the development and implementation of compliance processes and procedures that include areas such as: governance and oversight, effective systems and controls, client on-boarding and market conduct projects. His area of expertise includes Financial Crime, Client Assets, Conduct Risk, Governance and Oversight, Senior Management Regime and Effective Compliance Monitoring.

He has worked closely with the FCA, Financial Ombudsman Service and the Finance and Lease Association on complaint handling and management and continues to work with Financial Service firms in negotiations with the FCA. He has recently taken on Head of Compliance, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Head of Client Money Client Assets positions for a Portfolio Management firm and an emerging Peer to Peer platform.



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All our trainers have been working for many years in their respective sectors before they begun to teach so they bring a wealth of practical experience to the classroom.

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