Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning

Postgraduate coursework

With Deakin's postgrad course, the Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning, you can help clients achieve business goals and financial objectives.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent

Duration

1 year part-time

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Be ready for Australia’s financial planning reforms by studying the Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning, which develops the decision-making skills needed to provide practical and professionally responsible financial advice to your client.

If you’re a financial planner returning to study, why not choose a course that’s purpose-built to help you stay ahead of industry requirements?

Designed to meet the current and future needs of the industry, the Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning places a strong emphasis on preparing professionally responsible financial planners, both in an ethical and compliance sense. Even experienced financial planners will graduate with valuable new skills and knowledge relating to:

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

On completion of the Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning, you may wish to articulate into Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning or Master of Financial Planning.

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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 elective unit chosen from a specified list, plus completion of MAI010 Academic Integrity and MAA071 Pre-Term: Getting to Grips with Postgraduate Study (0-credit point compulsory units). Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.

3

Core units

1

Elective units

4

Total units

Core units

  • Academic Integrity MAI010 (0 credit points)
  • Pre-Term: Getting to Grips with Postgraduate Study MAA071 (0 credit points)
  • MAA728/MAI728Financial Behaviour and Decision Making (Intensive)
  • MAA769/MAI769Ethics for Financial Services (Intensive)
  • MLC714/MLI714Financial Advice Regulation (Intensive)
  • *MAI code denotes Intensive version of the unit.

    Elective units

    Plus a 1 credit point elective unit from:

  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning MAA719
  • Financial Planning and Economic Fundamentals MAA745
  • Principles of Income Tax Law MLC703
  • Business Law MLC707
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning
    Year

    2020 course information

    Deakin code
    M569
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

       

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus

       

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

    International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.

    Additional course information


    Course duration
    - additional information
    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. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Minimum admission criteria:

    • Bachelor degree in any discipline OR
    • at least two years relevant professional work experience^ that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in a financial planning environment OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit Deakin Policy Library.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.

    ^Relevant work experience is determined as business experience either in a financial planning role or in a managerial position with business oversight responsibilities in a financial planning related field, such as superannuation consulting, estate planning, tax advisory, financial consulting, funds management, banking.

    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 tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    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 Recognition of 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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance


    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    M669 Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

    M769 Master of Financial Planning

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    In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).

    Why choose Deakin

    Career outcomes

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

    • financial adviser
    • insurance adviser
    • business development manager
    • superannuation consultant
    • portfolio analyst
    • personal financial planner
    • investment banker
    • paraplanner
    • 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
    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.
       

     

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