Who is an existing adviser? Individual who provides personal financial advice to clients: Registered on the FAR between 1 Jan 2016 and 1 Jan 2019 Does not meet the ‘experienced adviser’ criteria Who is an experienced adviser? Individual who provides personal financial advice to clients, and Has 10 or more years’ cumulative experience in Australia between 1 Jan 2007 and 31 Dec 2021 No disciplinary action recorded on the FAR before 31 Dec 2021 Has passed the FAS exam Who is a new entrant? Individuals who are not existing or experienced advisers. What are the education requirements for a financial adviser in Australia? For new entrants, the minimum requirements are: Hold an approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) Undertake a professional year (PY) Pass the FAS exam prior to quarter 3 of the PY Existing advisers who qualify for the 10-year experience pathway: Do not have any tertiary requirements Must have passed the FAS exam For existing advisers who do not qualify for the 10-year experience pathway and are registered as current on the FAR between 1 Jan 2007 – 1 Jan 2019, the maximum education requirements are: An approved graduate diploma (AQF8) comprising eight subjects by 1 January 2026 Passed the FAS exam by 1 Jan 2021 The minimum education requirements are: One bridging course about the Code of Ethics (if it was not included in their qualification) Depending on their previous formal education or coursework for industry designations, may be required to complete anywhere between one or eight subjects (including up to three bridging courses) at AQF8: Financial Advice Regulatory and Legal Obligations Ethics for Professional Advisers Client and Consumer Behaviour, Engagement and Decision Making For more information about the Financial Adviser (FAS) standards, please click here. What are the approved Bridging Courses? Existing advisers may be required to complete from one to three bridging courses to comply with the educational requirements. These bridging courses include: Financial Advice Regulatory and Legal Obligations Ethics for Professional Advisers Client and Consumer Behaviour, Engagement and Decision Making Some existing financial advisers will be required to complete up to eight subjects from an approved Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning. Postgraduate courses that can be studied online with Kaplan Professional include: Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning This is a four-subject qualification that can be used as a stepping stone into the FAS-approved Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning or FAS-approved Master of Financial Planning. Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning An eight-subject FAS approved qualification that consists of the first eight subjects of the FAS-approved Master of Financial Planning. Master of Financial Planning A purpose-built degree that’s FAS approved, and designed and developed in consultation with industry experts. It combines advanced technical rigour with practical performance-focused learning outcomes. What is a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning? The Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning is a specialist financial planning qualification consisting of eight specialist subjects, including superannuation and retirement, estate planning, and the skills required for client engagement. It focuses on the professional responsibilities of financial planners from an ethical and compliance standpoint, and it’s designed to enhance professional capabilities by teaching participants to apply advanced knowledge, devise recommendations, develop technical skills, and solve complex financial planning problems. Kaplan Professional’s FAS-approved Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is a postgraduate qualification comprising of the first eight subjects of our FAS-approved Master of Financial Planning. The course has been curated in collaboration with leading industry experts to ensure it’s practical, relevant and teaches knowledge and skills immediately transferable to professional practice. It builds on the skills you’ve already developed and broadens your technical knowledge of investment, taxation, estate and succession planning, and client engagement. As an Australian leader in the provision of quality online education, Kaplan Professional delivers learning solutions to more than 45,000 students each year; including over 1,500 corporate clients from the major banks and financial services sector. We offer individuals online study experience incorporating the latest interactive learning technologies backed by an extensive support network, including a dedicated Student Advice team. We have the reputation and resources to engage leading financial advisers and industry experts to design and deliver our courses. This ensures our students receive relevant, practical and performance-focused learning they can apply directly to their professional practice. The other factor setting Kaplan Professional apart from other online education providers is our six study period calendar; a unique system offering individuals the option to study any subject at any time of the year through six different study periods. If you’d like to find out more about our Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, why not get in touch with us at Kaplan Professional and have a chat with a member of our Course Advice team? What is a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning? The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is a four-subject postgraduate qualification covering the key skills in ethics and specialised areas of financial planning. The course will not only extend your current knowledge of subjects such as applied financial planning, insurance and superannuation, but it will also provide you with the opportunity to work on simulated financial planning scenarios. The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is also an ideal pathway towards gaining the minimum education level for existing financial advisers. Completing this course will allow you to then complete a further four subjects in the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning. Kaplan Professional’s Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is our version of this postgraduate qualification, and it provides a pathway into both our FAS-approved Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and our FAS-approved Master of Financial Planning. The course is comprised of four core subjects: FPC001B Economic and Legal Context for Financial Planning FPC002B Ethics and Professionalism in Financial Advice FPC003 Superannuation and Retirement Advice FPC004 Insurance Advice These subjects will teach you the foundations of creative and analytical thinking required to deal with complex financial planning issues. Kaplan Professional is one of Australia’s leading online education providers, delivering quality learning solutions to more than 45,000 professionals every year. This includes 1,500 corporate clients from the major banks and the financial services sector. We offer individuals a streamlined and user-friendly online study experience that takes advantage of all the latest digital learning technologies. We also provide you with an extensive support network while you study, which includes a dedicated Student Advice team, just a phone call or email away. At Kaplan Professional, we’ve been able to secure some of the industry’s top experts and financial advisers to curate and deliver our courses. This enables individuals to learn practical, real-world and performance-focused skills they can use immediately in their own professional circumstances. We also offer something totally unique in the form of a six study period calendar. This allows individuals to study any subject at any time of the year, with six study periods offered to cater for the busiest work schedule. If you’re interested in learning more about our Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, contact Kaplan Professional and have a chat with our Student Advice team. What is a Master of Financial Planning? The Master of Financial Planning is a comprehensive postgraduate qualification equipping individuals with advanced knowledge of the financial planning essentials, including finance, tax, risk and compliance. This approved course is highly regarded, completely practical and meets FAS’s educational requirements for financial advisers. This is the penultimate course for financial advisers and is the pinnacle of achievement. It provides advanced technical knowledge of key financial planning concepts, including financial markets and products, investments, risk management, taxation law, compliance, and ethical and professional conduct. Best of all, this course focuses on practical and relevant outcomes rather than just academic theory. You’ll learn analytical skills and how to apply them in professional contexts, and you’ll be required to integrate those skills into a research piece at the culmination of the course. Kaplan Professional’s Master of Financial Planning has been designed and developed in consultation with leading industry experts and offers contemporary teachings in financial advice strategy and theory at the highest level. As a leading provider of online education in Australia, Kaplan Professional delivers quality learning solutions to over 45,000 professionals a year, including 1,500 corporate clients from the banking and financial services sectors. The online study experience we offer individuals is both streamlined and user-friendly, taking advantage of the latest digital learning technologies and backed by a comprehensive support network including a dedicated Student Advice team. Our reputation and network allow us to engage the best industry experts and financial advisers to curate and deliver our content. This means individuals learn practical, contemporary and performance-based knowledge and skills immediately applied in their own workplace. Another factor that puts us ahead of our competitors is our unique six study period calendar. This gives individuals the option of studying any subject at almost any time of the year, with six different study intakes to choose from. If you want to find out more about our Master of Financial Planning, be sure to get in touch with us at Kaplan Professional and talk with someone from our Course Advice team. As an existing financial adviser, do I qualify for Recognition of Prior Learning? This depends on whether you’re planning to study a higher education or a vocational education qualification. Also called tertiary education, higher education is university-level education leading to an academic degree. On the other hand, vocational education teaches real-world knowledge and skills required in specific industries and employs competency-based assessment, unlike the graded assessments in higher education. Kaplan Professional’s postgraduate courses include our Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning, Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, and our Master of Financial Planning. If you intend to study a higher education course, you may be eligible for advanced standing. You can apply for advanced standing based on industry designations (qualifications) you may have from eligible associations. You can also apply for advanced standing on the basis of any relevant postgraduate study you may have completed at another institution. As a current financial adviser, you may be looking at further study to broaden your knowledge and skills. However, you may also be investigating your study options as a result of the FAS requirements, as they have revised the minimum level of education all financial advisers require. If so, being able to reduce the amount of study you must undertake thanks to Advanced Standing or RPL credits is certainly well worth looking into. For details about advanced standing or RPL evidence requirements and costs, contact Kaplan Professional for more information specific to your experience and education. Are there any entry requirements for financial planning qualifications? Each Kaplan Professional financial planning postgraduate qualification has individual entry requirements. Please refer to the relevant course pages for specific entry requirements. Alternatively, you can view a list of postgraduate course minimum entry requirements here. I am not sure which qualification is right for me. Can you help? Our experienced and knowledgeable Course Advice team is available to answer all your questions, whether they’re about available qualifications, enrolment dates, completion pathways or just general study advice. To get in touch, simply call 1300 135 798 (option 2) or email email@example.com. Once you’ve enrolled, our Student Advice team will be in regular contact with you throughout your studies. They’ll keep you up to date with important information and will be ready to help you with advice whenever you need it. What resources do I need to complete my qualification? Kaplan Professional qualifications are delivered entirely online. Therefore, you must have access to technology that meet the minimum requirements to complete your course, such as a PC or laptop and internet access. KapLearn is your dedicated online learning space where you can access all subject materials and activities, support resources and assessments. Please refer to your subject room to access course learning resources.