Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length 0.5 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2017Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$15,000 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts

Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
Tel 03 9244 6555

LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Deakin course code M540

Please note: This course is only available for part-time study.

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.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay will depend on the type of fee place you hold. 

  • If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose.
  • If you are enrolled in a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the course you choose.

In both cases, 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 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 4 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

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.

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

Entry requirements - general

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.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Minimum entry requirements:

-  Bachelor degree in any discipline


- 5 years of relevant work experience

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

How to apply

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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.