Definition - What does Associated Person mean?
Associated Person is any individual under the control of a broker dealer, issuer or bank including employees, officers, and directors, as well as those individuals who control or have common control of a broker dealer, issuer or bank.
Testopedia explains Associated Person
In the case of a broker dealer; registered reps, principals, officers and directors are all considered associated persons. As such, the are required to be registered. Clerical and secretarial staff are not considered associates, and therefore are not required to be registered.