Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline OR
  • Applicants with a minimum five (5) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.
Education requirements

FASEA Education Requirements

This table outlines the educational requirements for existing financial advisers in order to become FASEA accredited. It also outlines the requirements for new financial advisers wishing to enter the field.

New entrant Existing adviser with approved degree Existing adviser with relevant degree Existing adviser with non-relevant degree Existing adviser with no degree
New entrant Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (8 units) Existing adviser with approved degree Bridging Course (1 unit) - Professionalism and Ethics Existing adviser with relevant degree Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning (4 units) Existing adviser with non-relevant degree Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (8 units) Existing adviser with no degree Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (8 units)
 

*Approved degrees can vary depending on the university. Visit FASEA’s website to check their list of approved courses.

Course information
  • Entry requirements
  • FASEA Education requirements
  • Units of Study
  • Career options
Units of study

Units of study

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Risk Management and Estate Planning

This unit applies risk management knowledge and methodologies to the protection and distribution of wealth with effective personal insurances and estate planning. Analysis and exploration of the insurance policies and risk management products is undertaken and matched to the spectrum of client situations in the process of constructing insurance planning advice. The concept of protecting wealth is expanded to include a strong awareness of the role of estate planning. Applications of related law and compliance are built into practical client situations and a Statement of Advice, with insurance and estate planning advice recommendations will be undertaken. Professional skills including negotiating insurance analysis outcomes against costs, succession planning challenges and interpersonal skills related to difficult estate planning conversations, are given attention via podcast interviews with practitioners, structured discussions and metacognitive interactions.

This unit is designed to meet the approved degree requirements of Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority [FASEA]. Successful completion of this unit has the added advantage of satisfying the relevant FASEA education requirements of an approved degree and may count towards the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement to a maximum of 30 CPD hours per year.

Superannuation and Retirement Wealth Planning

In this unit students will critically review superannuation and retirement planning trends, compare superannuation and self-managed superannuation funds with non-superannuation options, and role play the presentation of retirement planning advice to a mock client. Technical knowledge of superannuation, related tax legislation, building retirement capital, income stream options and social security will be applied to client scenarios and modelled using financial planning software and tools. Client communication skills will be applied to negotiating retirement planning preparation and problems. Professional skills including business awareness and interpersonal skills are given attention via podcast interviews with practitioners, structured discussion and metacognitive interaction.

This unit is designed to meet the approved degree requirements of Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority [FASEA]. Successful completion of this unit has the added advantage of satisfying the relevant FASEA education requirements of an approved degree and may count towards the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement to a maximum of 30 CPD hours per year.

Principles of Financial and Investment Planning

The unit combines the higher-order responsibilities and legislative framework governing the provision of financial planning advice with the principles and functions of investing in financial markets. Matters, such as compliance and the relational role of the financial advisor are placed in the context of assessing client investment risk and defending a best-interest, multi-asset portfolio as part of a client’s financial plan. Lessons from economic events and the impact of financial advice failures provide a backdrop to a range of activities including managed fund research, aligning client risk profiles and preferences with investment choices and borrowing strategies for investing. Professional skills including interpersonal skills are given attention via podcast interviews with practitioners, structured discussion and metacognitive interaction to develop the narratives associated with informing clients of risk, returns, costs and benefits of investing. The design and content of this unit meets the requirements of a FASEA approved degree and is suited for existing advisers, new entrants and career changers entering the professional of financial planning.

Taxation Law of Australia (Bridging)

In this unit, students will acquire technical and working knowledge of the key provisions of Australian Tax Law and apply to a range of problems to determine taxation consequences. Comparisons of tax implications relating to business, individuals and trusts will be undertaken along with research and analysis to develop strategic tax planning solutions. Case scenarios will be employed to develop the students’ understanding of tax avoidance legislation and awareness of the consequences of tax avoidance and their ability to construct tax recommendations and explicate the consequences of unresolved tax problems. Professional skills including business awareness, obligations of the TPB and interpersonal skills related to presenting tax advice are given attention via podcast interviews with practitioners, structured discussion and metacognitive interaction.

This unit is designed to meet the requirements of a Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority [FASEA] approved degree and successful completion of this unit may count towards the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirement for the financial advisers and planners, to a maximum of 30 CPD hours per year.

This unit aligns to the knowledge requirements of the Tax Practitioners Board.

 

For more information about the units of study, download a brochure.

Career options

Career options

After completing your Graduate Certificate, you may be equipped for roles including:

  • Financial adviser 
  • Financial planner
  • Insurance adviser  
  • Superannuation consultant
  • Risk adviser
  • Business development manager
  • Client service officer

You may also choose to continue your studies and complete your Master of Financial Planning, helping you stand out as an expert financial planner.

STUDENT SUPPORT

VU Online provides you with the academic support you need, when you need it, throughout the course. With four layers of student support, our goal is to ensure you succeed in your studies.

Our highly experienced academics understand how to deliver a quality online learning experience and are responsive and accessible.

You will also have access to a dedicated Student Success Advisor, who provides motivation and one-on-one personalised assistance with non-academic matters for the duration of the course. You will experience the support of a community through chat, virtual seminars and discussion board activity. Your support network is only a phone call or email away.