Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning

Course summary for international students

Award granted Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M540

Please note: core units not available in Trimester 3.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Course Learning Outcomes

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.
  Approved by Faculty Board October 2014


Course rules

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.

Course structure

Core units

MAA719Superannuation and Retirement Planning ~

MAF702Financial Markets

MAA745Financial Planning Fundamentals #

~ Previously coded MAF708

# Previously coded MAF765

Elective units

Plus a 1 credit point elective unit from:

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law

MPS701Unit description is currently unavailable

Further study

M640 Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

M770 Master of Financial Planning


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.