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Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning

Postgraduate coursework

Develop the decision-making skills needed to provide professionally responsible financial advice to your clients and be prepared for further study.

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Key facts

Duration

1 year part-time

Locations

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 23 June 2024

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 3 2024 close 27 October 2024

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Course overview

Be ready for Australia's financial planning reforms by studying Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning. Develop the decision-making skills needed to provide practical and professionally responsible financial advice to your clients.

Looking for a course that's purpose-built to help you meet the industry's changing education requirements and build upon your professional knowledge and skills?

Designed to meet the current and future needs of the industry, the course places a strong emphasis on preparing professionally responsible financial planners, both in an ethical and compliance sense. As a graduate you will have gained valuable new skills and knowledge, in particular relating to:

  • ethics for financial services
  • financial behaviour and decision making
  • financial services regulation.

The Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning incorporates the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) three bridging units, providing advisers with an opportunity to complete the bridging units and gain a formal qualification.

As a graduate, you may articulate into Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
M569
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

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 course elective unit chosen from a specified list, plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, DAI001 Academic Integrity Module. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

3

Core units

1

Elective units

4

Total units

Core units

  • Financial Planning and Economic Fundamentals
  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Ethics for Financial Services *
  • *MAI code denotes Intensive version of the unit.

    Compulsory 0-credit point units

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course elective units

    Plus a 1 credit point elective unit from:

  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making *
  • Estate Planning and Risk Management Strategies
  • Principles of Income Tax Law
  • Business Law
  • *MLI code denotes Intensive version of the unit.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Online

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

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    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

    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.

    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.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

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    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years’ relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

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    Recognition of prior learning

    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 Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

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    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Whether you’re currently working in the industry or looking to move into a financial planning role, you will be prepared to excel in a variety of positions including:

    • financial adviser/planner
    • insurance adviser
    • paraplanner
    • business development manager
    • superannuation consultant
    • claims administrator
    • compliance manager
    • risk adviser.

    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 Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities Demonstrate the application of core financial planning concepts and theories in authentic contexts; and demonstrate knowledge and understanding of regulatory, ethical and legal obligations for financial advisers
    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 Engage ethically, professionally and productively in work and a professional context, in a manner reflective of an understanding of ethical principles, a systematic knowledge of professional codes of conduct