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The online Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is a four-subject higher education qualification set at AQF level 8.
It’s designed and developed in conjunction with leading financial advisers and industry experts to ensure what you learn is practical, relevant and immediately transferable to your professional practice.
The Graduate Certificate is the ideal starting point if you want to complete the first four subjects of the Master of Financial Planning pathway. You can then:
Who is this course for?
On completion of this course, individuals may be eligible for admission into the FASEA-approved Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning with Kaplan Professional.
Potential career paths:
An Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification is recognised both within Australia and internationally. For further information about AQF qualifications, please visit the AQF websitewww.aqf.edu.au.
Individuals will need to have access to a computer and internet connection to study this course.
*The course durations outlined above provide an indication of how long it may take an individual to complete this course. Actual completion times may vary depending on individual study patterns.
The recommended study hours for each subject can be found in the relevant subject outline listed under the ‘Program structure and subjects’ tab.
For information regarding course completion timeframes, please refer to our Progression Policy.
Four (4) core subjects:
Single subject study is also available. Click here for full subject availability.
Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning progression pathway
Progress your qualification
If you have graduated with a Kaplan Professional or Finsia postgraduate qualification, you may wish to progress to a higher qualification. Learn more >
Kaplan Professional has been proactive in our approach to the development of the following FASEA-approved bridging courses:
Each bridging course can be completed as a stand-alone subject or counted towards Kaplan Professional’s FASEA-approved Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and FASEA-approved Master of Financial Planning.
Course learning outcomes
On completion of this qualification, individuals will be able to:
Kaplan Professional defines the philosophy underpinning our qualifications through the graduate attributes. These are the qualities we’d like individuals to develop as they progress through their academic studies; they reflect what individuals will know (knowledge) or be able to do (capabilities), when they finish their qualification.
The Attributes are built into Kaplan Professional course learning outcomes, content and assessments.
Please click here to learn more about our graduate attributes
Kaplan Professional is a leading provider of education in Australia, providing learning solutions to over 45,000 professionals annually – this includes 1,500 corporate clients, incorporating all the major banks and leading financial services providers in the country.
Proactive and personalised support
You can count on diligent and prompt support from a dedicated Student Advice team who are always a phone call or email away. The team is experienced, knowledgeable and specifically in place to support financial advisers who are studying at the postgraduate level. You’ll work together with the team to create a tailored pathway that will help you map out your studies and plan ahead to ensure you’re able to achieve your goals within your desired timeframe.
Practical and relevant learning rather than just academic theory
Kaplan Professional has always prided itself on its ability to engage industry experts and leading financial advisers to curate and deliver our subject content. This ensures you’ll be provided with practical, relevant and performance-focused outcomes, directly applicable to your professional practice. These industry practitioners deliver online lectures, respond to questions in the discussion forum, and provide assessment feedback.
Study any subject all year round over six study periods
Kaplan Professional’s six study period model provides you the freedom to study all year round, but most importantly, every postgraduate financial planning subject is available in each study period. This ensures you’re able to plan ahead and choose study periods that accommodate your professional and personal commitments. With a new study period commencing approximately every two months, overlapping slightly from the previous, you can accelerate your study or ‘take a break’ depending on your circumstances.
Complete flexibility – accessible 24/7
You have access to KapLearn – your innovative online learning hub – anytime and anywhere. This convenience and flexibility empowers you to plan your study time around the rest of your day, instead of the other way around. This is particularly beneficial for busy financial advisers who already have significant professional and personal commitments. Discussion forums, interactive notes, research journals, online journals, real-world case studies and diverse multimedia content are all easily accessible in one intuitive and user-friendly hub.
Learn together and support each other
You’ll have direct access to the industry practitioners and subject matter experts in an online discussion forum, where you can seek clarification on subject content and discuss any study issues you may have. By participating in online discussion forums in a supportive peer-to-peer environment, you have the unique ability to discover the viewpoints of like-minded individuals from different areas of the industry. This creates a richer, more immersive learning experience, while providing you further opportunities to extend your professional network.
You’ll also have the option of being assigned a study group. This enables you to form new perspectives; understand and absorb information more efficiently; improve and develop new study skills; and benefit from a cooperative, rather than competitive, learning environment.
Kaplan Professional’s six study period model provides you the freedom to study all year round. It also enables you to plan ahead and choose study periods that accommodate your professional and personal commitments. With a new study period commencing approximately every two months, overlapping slightly from the previous, you can accelerate your study or ‘take a break’ depending on your circumstances.
Study Period 1-3 2020
Study Period 4-6 2020
Below are the minimum education requirements for entry into our postgraduate courses.
Alternative entry pathways may be available to you if you do not meet the minimum education requirements. In addition, other entry requirements, such as English language proficiency, may apply to you depending on your academic background.
The qualifications listed as minimum education requirements must be from a recognised Higher Education provider (including the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition).
*You will be required to provide Kaplan Professional with documents supporting that you meet the requirements for entry into the course. Please review the Provision of Entry Requirement Documents PDF for more information.
Related industry experience
Related industry experience can include, but is not limited to:
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You may be able to enter any of our Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate postgraduate courses based on your industry expertise and/or if you hold an academic and/or professional qualification that is deemed appropriate. Download the Non-Degree Entry Form for more information.
Industry education requirements for financial advisers
We encourage you to book a consultation over the phone to discuss the options and study pathways available to you in more detail. These consultations allow our experienced and knowledgeable team to understand your needs, identify the qualification most appropriate for you, and address your questions thoroughly.
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Advanced standing may be awarded in recognition of prior learning (RPL) or industry experience, which is directly related to this qualification.
We recognise various types of prior learning towards our postgraduate qualifications:
Further information can be found on our Advanced Standing ‘Precedent List’.
Click here for further information about how to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
Each Kaplan Professional postgraduate qualification has minimum entry requirements that you must meet to qualify for admission.
In order to complete your studies with Kaplan Professional, you’re assumed to have the following skills and access relating to technology. Please click here to view our minimum technology requirements.
You can apply to study with Kaplan Professional by completing our online application form. Alternatively, you can submit a hard copy of the application form below.
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You can apply now and supply documentation later to support your application for admission (within three weeks of your initial application to the qualification). Please click here for details on what documentation you may need to provide to support your application.
You may be able to obtain advanced standing for a Kaplan Professional subject based on your previous study, professional membership status and/or work experience.
All subjects are offered online for each study period, giving you the flexibility of choosing when and where you wish study. You pay tuition fees for the subject(s) you’re enrolled in within an individual study period. Check the fee schedule for more information about fees.
FEE-HELP is available to eligible students. Click here to find out if you’re eligible for FEE-HELP.
You should also check the individual subject outlines to understand the recommended study time commitments for the subject, along with any recommended assumed knowledge. Click here to view a list of financial planning subjects.
Make sure you also check the assessment timetable to ensure you are available to sit the assessment pieces.
Talk to a Student Adviser on 1300 135 798.
Click here to access student polices and forms.
When you apply to study with Kaplan Professional, you pay for the subjects you’ve enrolled in for each study period.
The tuition fee listed below applies to all postgraduate subjects:
If you’re paying by cheque, utilising a deferral, or have a preferred client code, you’ll need to download and submit a hard copy of the form below.
Further fees may apply. Click here for a full list of fees and allowances.
Dedicated Student Support
Throughout your studies, you’ll be able to count on the helping hand of our knowledgeable and experienced Student Advice team, who are always a phone call or email away.
The Student Advice team will be in regular contact to keep you up to date with important information, as well as being able to assist with decisions about subject enrolments, completion pathways and general study advice.
Support for Students with Special Needs
If you have a condition or special learning need which impacts on your ability to study or to complete assessments, the following application processes are available to you:
Please make us aware of your circumstances at the time of your enrolment, or as soon as possible thereafter. Refer to the Assessment Policy for further information on both of these processes.
KapLearn is your virtual classroom where you can access your learning resources and activities. This enables you to connect to your course materials, industry experts and your fellow students. Contained within KapLearn are the following resources:
E-books are advanced digital versions of traditional subject notes, and use some of the latest technology to give you greater interactivity and accessibility throughout your studies.
E-books allow you to search for key words, highlight important content and write comments or calculations on the pages which you can print out and use for study purposes. You also have instant access to online learning resources such as online lectures, required readings and discussion forums.
In order to enhance the learning experience, students can access a number of presentations within their subject rooms. Depending on the learning resources required, subjects may incorporate the following:
Delivered by industry experts from Australia’s leading financial institutions they can be viewed online or downloaded as an MP3 allowing you to listen anytime, anywhere.
Each subject has an interactive discussion forum which gives you the opportunity to stimulate conversation, debate issues and share knowledge with other students. Each forum is facilitated by an industry practitioner who is a subject matter specialist who will guide you with your learning.
The Kaplan Library and Resource Centre provides a range of information and learning support resources, and research services to assist you in your studies. This includes access to online databases which contain full-text journal, magazine and newspaper articles, Australian company information and e-books.
Our library catalogue contains descriptive information about our book and e-book collections. The Library and Resource Centre also contains learning support materials to assist you with referencing including e-tutorials and quizzes; guides to using the databases; library policies; contact details for our preferred bookshops; and other useful resources.
Subjects require approximately 120 hours of student effort (11-12 hours per week). This includes time spent on activities, such as reading and review of subject materials, participating in e-learning activities, and assessment preparation and review.
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