Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning

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  • Qualification:
    Postgraduate, Graduate Certificate
  • Study mode:
    On Campus
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1 year part-time
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  • Awarded by:
    Deakin University
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  • Career Outcomes:
    Compliance Manager | Business Development Manager | Financial Adviser | Insurance Adviser | Superannuation Consultant | View All

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Course Rundown

Whether you’re aspiring financial planner, or a current practitioner who wants to stay ahead of changing industry requirements, a Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning from Deakin University is the course for you!

Throughout this one-year postgraduate course, you’ll gain all the skills and knowledge you need to embark on (or take the next step in) your career as a financial planner. Covering areas such as ethics for financial services, financial behaviour and decision-making, financial services regulation and more, you’ll learn how to provide practical and professionally responsible financial advice to clients. Upon graduation, you’ll be ready to comply with the financial planning reforms set to be introduced throughout Australia in the coming years.

This part-time course will allow you to achieve a balance between study, work and life. And with the option to study online or at Deakin’s Burwood campus in Melbourne, you can tailor your learning to suit you. So whether you’re already working in the industry or looking to kickstart your financial planning career, don’t wait – enquire today!


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

  • Meet the minimum English language requirements; AND
  • Hold a bachelor degree in any discipline; OR
  • Hold at least two years relevant professional work experience* that demonstrates comprehensive knowledge in a financial planning environment; OR
  • Show evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

*Relevant work experience is determined as business experience in either a financial planning role or a managerial position, with business oversight responsibilities in a financial planning related field, such as superannuation consulting, estate planning, tax advisory, financial consulting, funds management, banking.

In this financial planning course, the subjects you may study include:

Core Units:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Pre-Term: Getting to Grips with Postgraduate Study
  • Financial Behaviour and Decision Making (Intensive)
  • Ethics for Financial Services (Intensive)
  • Financial Advice Regulation (Intensive)

Elective Units:

  • Superannuation and Retirement Planning
  • Financial Planning and Economic Fundamentals
  • Principles of Income Tax Law
  • Business Law

Established in 1974 as Australia’s first regional university in Victoria, Deakin University has consistently raised the bar in delivering quality tertiary education with a focus on excellent teaching and research.

The multi-award winning education provider teaches over 53,000 students a year, offering renowned courses that integrate real-world expertise and practical skills. Get recognised with Deakin in a range of industries, including nutrition, sports management, property management, law, business and more. Plus, they’ve have ranked in the top 2% by the acclaimed Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

As a student of Deakin, you’ll get support every step of the way along your learning journey!

They’ve got a range of on-campus facilities and online features to help ease the pressure of study, including on-campus childcare services, a medical centre with qualified nurses and doctors, free and confidential counselling (face-to-face or via phone) and more.

Deakin also offer advisers and resources to help develop your academic skills. Advisers are available on campus and online to help guide you in your research, assignment and study practices.

Campus Locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

Victoria: Melbourne Burwood

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

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Where Will It Lead Me?

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

Graduates are prepared to take on a variety of roles in the financial planning sector. Graduates may also wish to articulate into Deakin's Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning or Master of Financial Planning.

Curious about where a career in financial planning could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The estimated cost for this course is $13,400.

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover all or part of your fees. Deakin University also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

Enquire now to find a payment option that works for you!

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 $46,620 (2020-21 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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