Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Financial Planning)



Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Financial Planning) is designed as an alternative entry to the Master of Professional Practice (Financial Planning) degree. The course will suit those without an undergraduate degree but with significant professional experience providing financial product advice.


Key facts


1 to 1.5 years part-time


This course is only offered in Cloud (online) mode

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Trimester 3

  • Start date: November
  • Available at:
    • Cloud (online)

Note for international students: International students enrolled in the course who study fully online will not be eligible for an international student visa.

Key information

Award granted

Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Financial Planning)


2018 course information

Estimated fee rate

$7,700 tuition fees plus $1,980 for Professional Practice Credentials
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Deakin code



Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)

Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course Structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Financial Planning), students must successfully complete 2 credit points of units and four Professional Practice credentials (including at least one Knowledge based credential). For further information on credentials refer to the Credentials tab below.

Introductory Unit

  • Financial Planning Development MAA727 ~
  • ~ previously coded MAF709


    Students must successfully complete four Professional Practice credentials (including at least one Knowledge credential).

    Successful attainment of Professional Practice credentials is based on evidence provided from professional practice, hence recognition through authentic learning experiences. All professional practice credentials are linked to the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes and will be assessed within the context of the financial planning discipline. The credentials may be attempted separately or simultaneously and are assessed by an assessment panel that includes both academic and industry representatives. Please refer to the table below for the list of credentials.

    Graduate Certificate Credential Requirements
    Credential Minimum Level*^ Currency*  
    Professional practice credentials      
    CRCOM-A1 Communication 5 (Advanced) 5 years  
    CRTWK-A1 Teamwork 5 (Advanced) 5 years  
    Knowledge based credentials      
    CRFPT-A1 Financial Planning Technical Knowledge and Expertise 5 (Advanced) 3 years  
    CRFPS-A1 Financial Planning Strategy Development and Application 5 (Advanced) 3 years  

    *Applicants who have not satisfied the level requirement, or who have successfully achieved the credential but not within the required timeframe may be permitted to seek re-credentialing.

    ^ There are five levels and these are aligned with recognized "exit points" from the education sector, the AQF, work levels and industry frameworks.  Level 5 is aligned to the AQF Masters Level.

    Capstone Unit

  • Professional Research and Analysis MAA753
  • Entry requirements

    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.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Compliance with ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 Licensing*, AND five years relevant professional experience^

    *146 Licensing: Training of financial product advisers

    ^in providing financial product advice to retail clients, at appropriate depth and breadth, across the majority of ASIC's list of skill and knowledge requirements (Listed in Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Regulatory Guide 146)

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    Course learning outcomes

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply an advanced and integrated knowledge about the financial planning development process for clients requiring financial planning advice of varying degrees of complexity and contexts as described by national financial planning curriculum


    Demonstrate advanced interpersonal and networking skills to communicate effectively with clients to gather and interpret personal data and transmit knowledge to clients through the preparation and presentation of financial plans including financial goal achievement and risk minimisation

    Digital Literacy

    Select and apply appropriate digital technology to find, use, manage and disseminate complex wealth creation and risk minimisation knowledge and ideas to both clients and professional colleagues

    Critical thinking

    Systematically and critically analyse and evaluate a range of complex information on wealth creation and risk minimisation to create personalised and contextualised financial plans for clients

    Problem Solving

    Develop strategies for wealth creation and risk minimisation for individuals by generating innovative and contextualised solutions for financial goal achievement


    Demonstrate advanced skills in working independently and taking responsibility for continuing professional development


    Collaborate with peers to prepare, present, justify and defend financial planning related information and decisions

    Global Citizenship

    Make financial planning recommendations in the best interest of the client that critically consider relevant social, cultural, legal and ethical issues



    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    For information on the application process, please contact the Business and Law Admissions team.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Register your interest to study at Deakin

    Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.

    Course pathways

    This course been specifically designed to provide an entry pathway into the Master of Professional Practice (Financial Planning).

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    +61 3 9244 6555


    The typical time that a student would spend in learning and assessment activities is expected to be approximately 150 hours for each credit point completed via the university. Time taken to prepare evidence of credentials will vary for each student based on individual professional practice experience.

    Fee information

    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 your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    The course includes a combination of tuition fees for two credit points of study and four Professional Practice Credentials.

    Professional Practice degrees are designed for those who wish to be credentialed for outcomes towards which they have already made significant progress through their extensive experience in a relevant professional field.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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