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 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

MAF702Financial Markets

MAF708Superannuation and Retirement Planning

MAF765Financial Planning Fundamentals

Elective units

Plus a 1 credit point elective unit from:

MAF707Investments and Portfolio Management

MLC703Principles of Income Tax Law

MPS701Principles of Risk Management and Insurance


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

Further study

M640 Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

M740 Master of Financial Planning