Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF)

Designed to provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the establishment, operation and management of an SMSF. It specifically covers issues related to taxation and estate planning, the steps involved in setting up a pension from an SMSF and the different strategies available for specific client situations.

  • Course overview

    Are you a financial adviser wanting to expand your client base and provide advice in self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF)?

    Have you undertaken a course that covers the specific product training relating to self-managed superannuation funds (SMSF) as set out in ASIC RG 146?


    Kaplan’s Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) program is designed to provide you with a fundamental knowledge of the establishment, operation and management of an SMSF. It specifically covers issues related to taxation and estate planning, the steps involved in setting up a pension from an SMSF and the different strategies available for specific client situations.


    Kaplan’s SMSF course covers:

    1. The key legislative, regulatory and administrative requirements of SMSFs
    2. The importance of trust deeds
    3. The responsibilities of trustees
    4. What the estate planning characteristics are of SMSFs
    5. How pensions can be paid from complying superannuation funds
    6. Taxation issues relevant to SMSF
    7. Strategies and financial planning opportunities



  • Enrolment

    You may enrol into this course at any time and begin studying immediately upon enrolment.

  • Entry requirements

    Education requirements

    There are no entry requirements to enrol into Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF), however, please note the below.

    On successful completion of this course:

    • Individuals who are RG 146 compliant to give personal advice in superannuation will be issued with a Statement of Attainment, listing the ASIC competencies achieved. 
    • Individuals who do not hold the above, will receive a Certificate of Completion only.

    To satisfy the Statement of Attainment requirements specified above, evidence of equivalent competency through mutual recognition (MR), recognition of prior learning (RPL) or recognition of current competency (RCC) must be met.

    Please see information regarding our exemption service.


    English language requirements

    This course requires you to read comprehensive learner workbooks, complete a range of written assessments, undertake independent research activities and at times engage in online forums and discussions. Furthermore, the delivery mode relies on the extensive use of written communication.

    If you have any doubts about whether you have the language, literacy and numeracy skills to undertake a Kaplan Professional program, we recommend you speak with our Student Services team on 1300 662 203 or email


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    Skill requirements

    To successfully complete this course, learners will require basic computing skills. This may include:

    • saving and editing Microsoft Office documents
    • researching, accessing and searching the internet
    • downloading and saving documents from websites
    • uploading documents through websites
    • participating in online discussions
  • Exemptions

    You may be exempted from studying a subject or the full qualification based on your previous training, study and or work experience.

    To find out if you are eligible to receive any exemptions refer to our exemptions policy.

  • Student policies

    To access Kaplan’s policies refer to our policies.

  • Industry recognition

    Financial Planning Association (FPA)

    Accreditation for up to 54 points credit of continuing professional development for students who successfully complete this program from 28 May 2010 onwards:

    Self-study: 22.25 CPD points (Professional Dimensions: Capability & Critical Thinking)
    Workshop component: 31.75 points (Professional Dimensions: Capability & Critical Thinking)
    Combined: 54 points (Professional Dimensions: Capability & Critical Thinking)


    SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA)

    Recognition for continuing professional development points towards SPAA membership:

    Self-study: 56 points



  • Pathways

    Study pathways

    To stay ahead in this competitive industry Kaplan also provides the Advanced SMSF course.


    Career pathways

    Candidates who meet all the course requirements will be able to provide advice in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds.



    Continuing professional development (CPD) of your knowledge and skills is essential to remaining compliant under ASIC’s Regulatory Guide 146 (RG 146).

    Kaplan offers CPD training through Ontrack — our online CPD platform — which delivers monthly multimedia training, along with tracking and reporting capabilities.

    Kaplan’s CPD training is recognised and accredited by the FPA, AFA and SPAA. To learn more about our RG 146 compliance offerings, visit the CPD page for more information, or contact our CPD support team on 1300 527 526.



  • Duration

    The maximum time for completing the SMSF course is 12 weeks from your enrolment date.

  • Delivery

    This course is delivered online via Kaplan’s learning management system KapLearn.

    You will receive login details to KapLearn upon enrolment. When you log on to KapLearn you are able to access the subject notes, assessments, additional learning materials such as media, case studies, practice activities and your online tutor.

    Assessments are accessed and submitted through KapLearn.

    Corporate clients should contact our Corporate Solutions Representative on
    1300 728 505 to discuss face-to-face delivery options and how we can tailor our training to your business needs.

  • Fees

    The cost for this SMSF course is $585 (GST exempt).

    For additional study related fees refer to our fees document.

  • Assessment

    Assessment for this subject is as follows:

    • One (1) exam and one (1) assignment


    Kaplan’s assignments

    Kaplan provides students with a case study (real life client scenario) for which students are required to research and develop investment strategies and/or prepare a compliant Statement of Advice for the client. In each instance you will be assessed on your ability to engage with your client — from initial contact, to the development and documentation of a financial strategy to meet their specific needs.

    You must submit your assignment within 12 weeks of your enrolment date.

    If your first submission is deemed ‘not yet competent’ you are required to resubmit it. You will only need to resubmit the question(s) that do not have the demonstrated knowledge requirement. If a resubmission is required, it must be within 16 weeks of your enrolment date. More detailed information about the assignments are in the subject outline.


    Kaplan’s exams

    Kaplan’s exams are open book multiple-choice exams where emphasis is placed on the application of knowledge.

    You must sit your first exam within 12 weeks of your enrolment date.

    To achieve an overall grade of ‘competent’ in the exam, you must achieve the nominated pass mark for each module in the exam. If you are deemed ‘not yet competent’ for a module, you are provided with a re-sit and are only required to attempt that module in the re-sit. If a re-sit is required, it much be within 16 weeks of your enrolment date.

    You can sit your exam while being supervised in your workplace or at a Kaplan office.

    Click here for Kaplan office exam times and venues.

  • Terms and conditions

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  • Refund policy

    Access our Refund Policy.

  • Brochure

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