Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice (Financial Planning)

COURSE (DOMESTIC STUDENTS)

Overview

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.

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Key facts

Duration

1 to 1.5 years part-time

Campuses

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)

Year

2017 course information

Estimated fee rate

$7,280 tuition fees plus $1,980 for Professional Practice Credentials
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

Deakin code

M559

Level

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.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements:

To be admitted to this course, you must;

- Be compliant with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Regulatory Guide 146 Licensing: Training of financial product advisers

and

- have at least five years of relevant professional experience^

^ 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)

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

Communication

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

Self-management

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

Teamwork

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

 Approved by Faculty Board October 2014

 

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

    Credentials

    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
  • How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

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

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    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
    Email buslaw@deakin.edu.au

    Workload

    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. It is estimated Professional Practice Credentials is $1,980. 

    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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