University of Technology Sydney

C11281v2 Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning (GradCertFinPlan)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Notes

This course is not offered to international students.


Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Professional recognition
Other information

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is a unique modular experience designed for financial planners who want to improve their professional skills and satisfy the new academic qualification requirements. This includes the bridging courses required by The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) for the professional accreditation and addresses all the dimensions of the professional profile of modern financial planners.

The course has been designed to suit the needs of people who currently work full time as financial planners: each subject is delivered in a mix of online learning and face-to-face interaction over two weekends. This combines the convenience of online learning with the rich experience of class interaction with a group of highly motivated and engaged peers.

This course provides a unique opportunity to acquire the skills and the academic qualification necessary to succeed as financial planners with a flexible and modular approach specifically designed to suit the needs of financial planners interested in acquiring new skills while working full time.

Course aims

The course is designed to provide students with financial planning skills and knowledge in a flexible and modular structure which is academically rigorous but also practical and based on a 360-degree view of the professional profile of a modern financial planner.

Career options

The course is intended for financial planners looking to update and enrich their professional skillset. The three core subjects have been approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Demonstrate understanding of fundamental financial planning concepts
1.2 Apply key concepts in financial planning practice
2.1 Demonstrate understanding of how data can be used to analyse fundamental issues in the practice of financial planning
2.2 Use relevant information to solve common financial planning issues
3.1 Demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles for an effective communication with financial planning clients
3.2 Use oral communication to interact with financial planning clients and other relevant stakeholders
3.3 Demonstrate knowledge of behavioural biases in communication and interaction with financial planning clients
4.1 Evidence of understanding of ethical and social responsibility in professional practice and personal conduct
4.2 Critically evaluate sustainability principles in an investment and financial planning context
4.3 Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives and their implications for the practice of financial planning
5.1 Demonstrate competency in key technical and professional skills within the practice of financial planning

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

All applicants who do not meet the academic requirement may still be considered on the basis of:

  • a minimum of at least four years full time, or equivalent, relevant work experience.

The relevant work experience must be demonstrated through a C.V. and a Statement of Service, confirming the dates of employment and the position held within the organisation.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Recognition of prior learning

There is no recognition of prior learning available for this course.

Course duration and attendance

The course may be completed in one session of full-time study or one year of part-time study.

Course structure

The course totals 24 credit points and comprises four core subjects.

Course completion requirements

25772 Financial Planning: Principles and Regulation 6cp
25770 Behavioural Finance 6cp
25769 Ethics for Financial Planning 6cp
CBK91773 Elective 6cp
Total 24cp

Course program

A typical course program is provided below, showing the recommended study sequence to ensure completion of the course within the expected duration. Refer to the Timetable Planner for confirmation of availability.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
25772 Financial Planning: Principles and Regulation   6cp
25770 Behavioural Finance   6cp
25769 Ethics for Financial Planning   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp
Autumn commencing, part time
25772 Financial Planning: Principles and Regulation   6cp
25769 Ethics for Financial Planning   6cp
25770 Behavioural Finance   6cp
Select 6 credit points of options   6cp

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (C07142) and the Master of Financial Planning (C04381).

Professional recognition

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning has been designed around the standards of financial planning education as set by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). The three core subjects have been approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA).

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Business School on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
email business@uts.edu.au
Business (Postgraduate)