Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

  • Qualification:

    Postgraduate, Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration:

    8 months part-time

  • Start date:

    6 intakes a year, enquire now!

  • Awarded by:

    Griffith University

Course Rundown

Kick-start a rewarding career in financial planning and earn credit towards a Master’s degree with this accelerated online Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning from Griffith.

In this degree, you’ll build the solid foundation of sustainable financial management skills needed to advise individuals and small businesses on how to manage and grow their wealth. You’ll study risk management, financial markets and income tax law, giving you a comprehensive understanding of the context in which financial planning operates, and the practical skills necessary to best advise clients.

Completed 100% online and part-time, this degree can have you qualified in less than a year, and offers you the flexibility you need to study while you work. You’ll also enjoy the benefits of interactive digital spaces to connect you with other students and facilitate your learning.

This degree leads into a Master of Financial Planning, which is also available online through Griffith University.


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

  • Minimum of five years’ equivalent full-time relevant work experience and evidence of formal or informal training in financial services.

Depending on the nature of your previous experience, you may be eligible to receive credit towards your degree for previous studies in a related area.

What You’ll Learn

In this finance degree, the courses you will study are:

  • Financial Planning Fundamentals
  • Financial Markets
  • Income Tax Law
  • Personal Risk Management

Why study with Griffith University?

Considered a pioneer in tertiary education since starting in 1975, Griffith University has since become one of Australia’s leading online education providers, and have ranked in the top 3% of universities from around the world.

Since entering the realm of online education over 20 years ago, the globally recognised institution has reinvented the way thousands of students learn with their accelerated online courses. Griffith University offers innovative teaching methods to get you qualified sooner in finance, law, business, marketing and more.

Student Support

Griffith University offers each accelerated online student a dedicated advisor who will support you throughout your entire educational journey. Your advisor will be available for guidance or to respond to any queries via email, Skype or telephone. As a Griffith University accelerated online student, you'll also be able to access services including career development, counselling and disability support.

Meet loads of like-minded students via Griffith's interactive digital learning community, and receive technical assistance whenever you need it with 24/7 support.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning from Griffith University.

In an increasingly regulated world, the correct training and qualifications are essential. With this qualification, you can start yourself on a path to working as a qualified financial manager.

After completing this qualification, you’ll be eligible to continue your studies with Griffith University’s accelerated online Master of Financial Planning, or you may choose to seek employment in a range of financial roles. You may choose to pursue opportunities in financial planning, financial operations and systems, main taxation revenue raising techniques and personal risk management.

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through FEE-HELP.

FEE-HELPYou 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, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider 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.