University of Technology Sydney

C11281v3 Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning (GradCertFinPlan)
CRICOS code: 107947D
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 current and aspiring financial planning professionals. The certificate includes three bridging courses required by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) for existing advisers. For students looking to become financial advisers, the graduate certificate provides a pathway to the FASEA approved graduate diploma in Financial Planning. The certificate addresses many of the dimensions of the professional profile of modern financial planners.

The course has been designed to suit the needs of professionals who currently work full time: most subjects are delivered in a mix of online learning and face-to-face interaction over two weekends. The block mode structure means that students can cover the content and complete the assessments for most subjects in a six-week period. This combines the convenience of online learning with the rich experience of class interaction with a group of highly motivated and engaged peers.

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 both current and aspiring financial planners. The three core subjects have been approved as bridging subjects by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). The Graduate Certificate provides a transition to the UTS Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning which is an approved FASEA degree.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply integrated solutions to address financial planning issues
2.1 Communicate information clearly in an appropriate form for financial planning clients and other relevant stakeholders
2.2 Collaborate as a member of a team and interact with stakeholders to deliver financial planning outcomes
3.1 Evaluate social and sustainability principles in a financial planning context
3.2 Use knowledge of diverse cultural and Indigenous perspectives and their implications in the practice of financial planning
4.1 Apply knowledge and skills for ethical and effective financial planning practice

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 comprising three core subjects (totalling 18 credit points) plus elective subjects (totalling 6 credit points).

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)