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 (5 years) providing financial product advice.Read More
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.
~ 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|
|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.
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 (online)
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
Trimester 3 - November
- Start date: November
- Available at:
- Cloud (online)
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.
Note for international students: International students enrolled in the course who study fully online will not be eligible for an international student visa.
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.
Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit. The time required to prepare evidence for credential assessment varies based on the student’s existing documentation.
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 the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (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.
Fees and scholarships
$7,700 tuition fees plus $1,980 for Professional Practice Credentials
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
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.
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 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
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
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
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
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
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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