Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Financial Planning)

Postgraduate coursework

Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Financial Planning) is designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1.5 years part-time

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Financial Planning) is a professionally-oriented course specifically designed to meet the education needs of the financial planning industry.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Financial Planning), students must successfully complete 2 credit points of units and six Professional Practice credentials. For further information on credentials refer to the Credentials tab below.

Introductory Unit

  • Financial Planning Development MAA727 ~
  • ~ previously coded MAF709

    Credentials

    Students must complete six Professional Practice credentials.

    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 Diploma Credential Requirements
    Credential Minimum Level*^ Currency*
    Professional practice credentials    
    CRCOM-A1 Communication 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRCRI-A1 Critical thinking 5 (Advanced) 5 years
    CRPSV-A1 Problem solving 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
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Professional Practice (Financial Planning)
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    M659
    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.

    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.

    Additional course information

    Mandatory student checks
    Any unit which contains work-integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    Course duration - additional information
    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory Student Checks

    Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

    Workload

    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.

    Participation Requirements

    Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

    Minimum entry requirements:

    • Compliance with the ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 Licensing*, AND 5 years of relevant professional experience.^

      * Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Regulatory Guide 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)

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated fee rate

    $7,700 tuition fees plus $2,970 for Professional Practice Credentials
    Learn more about fees and your options for paying.

    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 the first year of this course. 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 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

    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.

    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 six 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 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.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    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.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate 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

    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, synthesise 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

     

     

    Application information

    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.

    Apply through Deakin
    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    PDF Application form - 306 KB


    Need more information on how to apply?

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


    Entry pathways

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

    Alternative exits

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