Hear from our student and alumni community

Every year hundreds of individuals graduate from Kaplan Professional and embark on their career journeys or continue to thrive in their existing careers. We’re proud of our student and alumni communities and everything they’ve achieved.

When considering where to study, often the most useful information comes from those who know what it’s like to undertake the qualification. Hear first-hand from our students and graduates and discover why they chose to study online with Kaplan Professional.

 

Higher Education

Rachael Bursell

Courses: FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning

“Kaplan Professional’s support flexible study options were ideal for me, working full-time and trying to build a business”

Rachael Bursell is a Financial Adviser with Finance Your Future. Rachael has over 17 years’ industry experience and was recently nominated for the 2018 AFA Rising Star Award. She maintains that advisers who make a strategic effort to further themselves through education will reap the benefits in the future.

Anthony Bonilla
Hear how Anthony has deepened his technical knowledge throughout his Master of Financial Planning studies, while balancing his extensive professional and personal commitments.

Sandra Labio
Hear how Sandra managed to balance her Master of Financial Planning studies with a full-time career as a financial adviser.

Ben Travers

Ben-Travers

Courses: Self Managed Superannuation Funds, Accredited Listed Product Adviser (ASX ALPA) ProgramMaster of Financial Planning (Distinction)

“I currently recommend Kaplan Professional to my firm and I’m already working on solutions to help our existing advisers upskill to meet their 2024 requirements.”

Ben Travers is a Certified Financial Planner® and Manager, Senior Advisor and Representative with Pitcher Partners. Ben was recently recognised as one of Financial Standard’s Power50 Most Influential Advisers and Money Management’s Financial Planner of the Year. He believes further education is the foundation of confidence for clients seeking a trusted adviser.

Katrina Robbins

Courses: FNS40811 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking, FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial PlanningGraduate Diploma in Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning

“I constantly recommend Kaplan Professional as I believe they’re the leading provider in our industry.”

Katrina Robbins is a successful financial planner with over 33 years’ industry experience. She currently runs her own business and is adamant further education has been paramount to her success. Katrina says she’s benefitted greatly from Kaplan Professional’s ongoing support and flexible study options.

Jessica Effeney
Hear how Jessica has benefited from Kaplan Professional’s online flexibility and unrivaled student support throughout her Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance studies.

Calen Wright
Hear how Calen has benefited from the flexibility and support of Kaplan Professional’s postgraduate applied finance qualifications, while learning practical and relevant outcomes he can apply directly to his career.

Shannon Gardner

Courses: Self Managed Superannuation Funds, FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning

“Kaplan Professional was by far the best option for the lifestyle I had.”

Shannon Gardner is a highly-respected Senior Financial Planner for Super SA – Industry Fund Services. Throughout his career, Shannon has attained a number of qualifications with Kaplan Professional and reached the pinnacle – graduating with a Master of Financial Planning in 2017. Today, he shares his many years of experience through acting as a senior adviser and proactive role model within his team.

Daniel Oosthuizen

Kaplan Professional’s online flexibility and six annual intakes has allowed Daniel to choose how and when he wants to study. He’s also been able to expand his technical knowledge while completing the Master of Financial Planning.

Jarrod Bailey

Courses: Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning

“I think Kaplan Professional is doing a great job of helping to raise the industry standard through its rigorous education coursework. When I’m building my next business after selling my last, I’ll look to Kaplan Professional graduates when finding new staff.”

With a lifelong passion for finance and involvement in financial markets since 2000, Jarrod Bailey founded his own business focused on providing investment strategy advice primarily to ‘do it yourselfers’ – SMSF trustees and investors who wanted to be more active in their investment and retirement planning implementation. Upon selling his business, Bailey is now focused on transitioning to the next exciting phase of his career.

Dean Loosmore

Courses: FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning

 

“It’s crucial to always stay one step ahead because this is an industry that’s constantly evolving.”

Dean Loosmore is an established financial planner with over 13 years’ industry experience. Dean attained a distinction average for his Master of Financial Planning and was a finalist in the AFA’s prestigious Excellence in Education award. He remains adamant Kaplan Professional leads the way when it comes to providing the flexibility to balance work, study and family commitments.

Daniel Jackson

 

Courses: FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, Graduate Certificate in Financial PlanningGraduate Diploma of Financial Planning, Master of Financial Planning

“Kaplan Professional offered a flexible course structure with a wealth of subject material that allowed me to study while raising a family and excelling in my career.”

Having previously worked as a tradesman, Daniel Jackson studied with Kaplan Professional to change the direction of his career. In 2017, he was awarded National Dux of his cohort for the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning. Today, he’s a successful Financial Planner with DBK Financial Solutions.

Chris Nothling

Courses: Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

“Studying with Kaplan Professional has assisted my career by building my knowledge, expertise and confidence, while providing me with a formal qualification. I chose Kaplan Professional’s Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning because of their reputation in the industry. The learning material is topical, relevant and provides insight into issues evolving in the industry.”

I benefited from Kaplan Professional’s online flexibility. The seamless delivery of the learning materials let me adopt my own flexible learning schedule throughout my studies. I’ve recommended Kaplan Professional to my peers and will continue to do so.”

Suhas Mahajan

Courses: Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

“Kaplan Professional are one of the most recognised education institutions in the industry. They take pride in empowering their students with the tools needed to succeed in their field, which is why I chose to study with them. Kaplan Professional have assisted my career and I’d recommend them to my peers with no hesitation. With the FASEA guidelines requiring all advisers to have specific skills and education, Kaplan Professional can help advisers achieve this outcome.

My best piece of advice for a new student is to speak to Kaplan Professional and take their guidance on which courses will help you achieve your goals. The team will present you with the best path to ensure you gain skills to perform in your career. I really benefited from their student support. They take their time to ensure student queries are resolved to the best of their ability.”

Lisa Judge

Courses: FPC002B Ethics and professionalism in Financial Advice

 

“I chose to study with Kaplan Professional as I needed to complete the ethics bridging course FPC002B Ethics and Professionalism in Financial Advice. This has supported my career as I now have the qualification to continue my profession as a financial planner. I found Kaplan Professional to be flexible and manageable, so I’d recommend them to my peers. I was very happy with my results and had the capacity to spend time with my family and continue working full-time while completing my studies. My best piece of advice for a new student is to manage your workload and set time aside each day for studying. The online learning resources provided for the course were also very beneficial, so be sure to utilise them.”

Kayleigh Patmore

Courses: Master of Financial Planning

 

“Studying a Master of Financial Planning with Kaplan Professional means I now meet FASEA’S requirements to continue my profession as a financial adviser. I chose Kaplan Professional because they’re an industry leader and offer easily accessible online distance learning. The online flexibility and student support was excellent. If I was unsure about something, having a dedicated student support person made studying more enjoyable. I’ve recommended Kaplan Professional and I’ll continue to do so. It’s crucial for regional financial advisers to study online remotely and Kaplan Professional support this very well.”

Vocational Education

Financial planning graduates

Christelle Stiemmie

Courses: FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

“I chose to study Kaplan Professional’s FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning because of the high-standard learning modules. The support staff are also amazing. I benefited from the online flexibility as I could still work full time and complete my studies at my own pace. Studying with Kaplan Professional has assisted my career and helped me to move up a level in my role. My best piece of advice for a new student is to just go for it and make use of all the available tools and resources. I’d strongly recommend Kaplan Professional to anyone in the industry.”

James Wanjura

Courses: FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning

“Kaplan Professional’s online flexibility and student support was beneficial throughout my studies. The flexibility enabled me to complete the FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning from my home and the office, which was especially useful when COVID-19 hit. I’m now compliant within the superannuation space and have a qualification that supports future employment within the financial services industry.

Studying with Kaplan Professional has supported my career and I’d recommend them. You have the opportunity to complete the courses at your own pace, which can be relatively quick if needed.”

Chloe Lopez

Courses: FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning

“Kaplan Professional – my employer’s preferred education provider who I now proudly recommend too. The FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning has assisted my career, providing industry knowledge and scenarios relevant to the real world. Kaplan Professional were very flexible, clear and provided numerous resources to support me throughout my studies. The online flexibility and student support was also beneficial. It was ideal not having to attend set classes at a physical location, as this enabled me to fit online studies into my personal schedule. My best piece of advice for new students would be to ask the student support team or tutors for help if you need it. The support team were always very helpful and quick at responding.”

Credit and mortgage broking graduates

Bob Ding

Courses: FNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

“Kaplan Professional gave me the opportunity to work, look after my young family, and study at the same time. I chose to study with them because of their flexibility and competitive prices. Studying with Kaplan Professional has assisted my career. I started my profession as a Customer Service Officer and once I’d completed the FNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, I was promoted to a Loan Consultant because on my experience and education.

Kaplan Professional’s online flexibility and student support was very beneficial. If I had a question, a tutor was always able to help. I also had the flexibility to decide how much time I wanted to dedicate to studying and my assignments. Once you’re familiar with Kaplan Professional’s procedures, it’s seamless to facilitate study, assessments and exams. I’ve already recommended them to my peers.”

Rowena Myers

Courses: FNS40811 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage BrokingFNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking 

“I wanted to study with a reputable education provider who could offer me the best solid learning foundation from the outset.”

As an active property investor, Rowena Myers decided to study with Kaplan Professional, so she could turn her passion into a career. Today, she’s a Finance Specialist for Mortgage and Finance Solutions Australia. She says online learning was the only option that allowed her to study while working full-time.

Amit Bhardwaj

Courses: FNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

“I chose to study with Kaplan Professional after a recommendation from a successful broker. After completing the FNS50315 Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management, I now recommend Kaplan Professional too. The study is self-paced and the structure of the courses is clear and self-explanatory. My best piece of advice for students is to allocate time to study every day to complete the course within your desired timeframe. The concepts I learned throughout the course were real life scenarios, which I apply every day in my role as a broker.”

Kristin Hawthorne

Courses: FNS40815 Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage broking

“Studying the Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking at Kaplan Professional has excelled my career. I’m now a qualified mortgage broker working through specific lender accreditations, so I can start my new role with my employer. Kaplan Professional’s online flexibility was very important and suited me perfectly. The online structure was simple to follow and accessible. It was also handy having a hard copy of the online course documents!”

Real estate gradutes

Mary Lowry

Courses: Real Estate

“I absolutely recommend Kaplan Professional to anyone who wants to further their studies and career. I completed a real estate qualification and the course material was high quality. I chose Kaplan Professional as I needed to study in my own time without compromising work commitments. The online flexibility was very beneficial because being able to log into the student portal from anywhere was essential for completing the course.

Learning with Kaplan Professional is a genuine educational experience. The assignments are hard work but if you dedicate yourself, the process can be very character building. The feedback from training assessors was also incredibly supportive, positive and encouraging. I’m now a licensed real estate agent and started trading this year. Thank you, Kaplan Professional.”

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Why study with Kaplan Professional?

Fit your study around your life, instead of the other way around. Learn at your own pace, and access engaging learning materials and support resources at any time, from anywhere.

Personalised support from our dedicated and diligent team is always just a phone call or email away. They’ll do whatever it takes to help you succeed, no matter the circumstances.

Learn direct from industry experts, who design and deliver your course content. This ensures the knowledge and skills you’ll gain is centred on practical and relevant outcomes, rather than just academic theory.