IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent
1 year part-time
Help clients achieve business goals and financial objectives by offering practical solutions.
The Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning is a professionally-oriented course specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry.
This financial planning course is perfect for those aspiring to join the financial planning industry as well as those currently employed in the industry.Read More
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 3 credit points of core units and a one credit point elective unit chosen from a specified list. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.
~ Previously coded MAF708
# Previously coded MAF765
Plus a 1 credit point elective unit from:
~ New unit consolidating MAA746 and MAA729
< Previously coded MAA714
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
Please note: This course is only available for part-time study.
Additional course information
Course duration - additional information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Minimum entry requirements:
- Bachelor Degree in any discipline OR
- At least three years of relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)*
*Note: Relevant professional experience that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in a financial planning environment
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.
Fees and scholarships
The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.
The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
|Graduate Learning Outcome||Course Learning Outcome|
|Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities||Demonstrate the application of core financial planning concepts and theories in authentic contexts|
|Communication||Apply appropriate communication skills within the context of providing advice on financial matters.|
|Digital literacy||Effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies.|
|Critical thinking||Analyse critically, evaluate and express sound judgement, ideas and reflection in relation to a range of core financial planning issues.|
|Problem solving||Summarise and explain the financial planning issue to be solved and apply the financial tools necessary to reach a solution.|
|Self-management||Develop skills necessary for independent study and learning in the field of financial planning.|
|Teamwork||Develop skills necessary for independent study and learning in the field of financial planning.|
|Global citizenship||Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.|
How to apply
Apply direct to Deakin
Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
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Credit for prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.