Australia-first course combines financial planning masters and certification

Deakin news
18 February 2020

A unique partnership between Deakin Business School and the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) will allow students to combine a Master of Financial Planning degree with the CFP® certification program for the first time.

Head of Deakin Business School’s Department of Accounting Professor Peter Carey said Deakin’s goal was to provide the highest quality study options for financial planners.

'At a time when all financial planners are grappling with the need to satisfy new education standards and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and competence with their clients, this partnership demonstrates our commitment to working closely with the profession,' he said.

'Deakin has a long history of partnering with professional associations and organisations. This landmark partnership will provide both existing and emerging financial planners with a significant point of differentiation in this new era of financial planning in Australia.'

FPA Chief Executive Officer Dante De Gori said the move would allow financial planners to combine their study requirements into a single course for the first time.

'This is a significant win for current or aspiring financial planners, who will now be able to graduate with both an academic qualification and the highest global professional designation in financial planning, recognised in 27 countries around the world,' he said.

'This partnership is designed to offer choice and flexibility to financial planners and brings the education options in line with other professions in the financial services industry, like accounting, who already embed designations into their academic programs.'

For more information on Deakin Business School’s Master of Financial Planning, including study options to combine a CFP® certification, refer to our financial planning course guide or book a phone consultation to speak to a financial planning course adviser.

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