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Graduate Certificate in Self Managed Superannuation Funds

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    6 months to 3 years. Fast-track options available.

  • Start date:

    6 intakes a year, enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Kaplan Professional

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

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About this course

Make a difference in your clients' lives with this Graduate Certificate in Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF). Offered by Kaplan Professional in association with the SMSF Association, this unique qualification equips you with essential SMSF skills and knowledge, and can also make you eligible for several SMSF professional designations.

You'll explore the fascinating world of behavioural finance to understand investment decision-making, and learn how to demonstrate best practice when taking SMSF trustees through the stages of an SMSF lifecycle. With three core subjects and the ability to choose an elective that suits your specialty area, you'll develop the essential communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to navigate the complexities of SMSF and effectively guide trustees.

This is an ideal qualification for finance and law professional seeking advanced specialist knowledge. It's also an excellent choice for those with Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Global Accounting Alliance or other accreditations who are looking to expand their capacity to work with clients who have SMSFs.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

Applicants must demonstrate that they meet ASIC requirements for RG 146 in all of the following Tier 1 areas:

  • Financial Planning (Personal or General Advice)
  • Life Insurance (Personal or General Advice)
  • Superannuation (Personal or General Advice)
  • Managed Investments (Personal or General Advice)
  • Securities (Personal or General Advice)
  • Self Managed Superannuation Funds

PLUS one (1) of the following criteria:

Entry Criteria A

  • a relevant postgraduate degree; OR
  • a relevant undergraduate degree; OR
  • a related advanced diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience.

Entry Criteria B

  • an unrelated postgraduate degree or undergraduate degree plus 2 years' related industry experience; OR
  • an unrelated advanced diploma plus 5 years' related industry experience.

Entry Criteria C

  • academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level.


Areas of study

In this finance course, the subjects you may study include:

Core subjects

  • SMS001 - SMSF Best Practice
  • SMS002 - Understanding SMSF Trustees
  • SMS003 - SMSF Strategic Advice

Elective subjects (choose one elective subject)

  • SMS004 - Auditing Standards for SMSFs
  • SMS005 - SIS Regulation and Taxation
  • SMS006 - SMSF Trust Deeds
Kaplan Professional Kaplan Professional is a leading provider of education in financial services and real estate. Kaplan Professional’s internationally renowned programs, personalised study experiences, flexible learning options and range of industry partners, all make them highly respected and distinguished.

Kaplan Professional offers a range of professional qualifications and provides learning solutions to 45,000 people a year. Whether you want to undertake a Certificate, Diploma or Masters, Kaplan Professional has the right course to get you where you want to go!
Kaplan Professional aim to make your learning journey as seamless as possible and have put together a student services team to assist and help you out if any challenges come up.

Student support representatives will be on hand to answer questions around the system, login and password queries, explaining processes around assessments etc., and to offer advice around study pathways and subject selection.

There’s also an ‘Ask the Tutor’ forum where you can direct questions regarding your studies to subject matter experts.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds from Kaplan Professional.

Graduates will possess the specialist technical knowledge and critical skills needed to effectively and compliantly manage SMSFs for a range of clients. They will also be eligible for the SMSF Practitioner designation. Those with Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, Global Accounting Alliance or other accreditations will be able to expand their capacity to work with clients who have SMSFs.

How Much Will It Cost?

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The full fee for this course is $9,300 which equates to $2,325 per subject. When you study at Kaplan Professional, you pay as you go. So, you only need to pay for the subjects you intend to study each study period.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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