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The Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning is a one-year course designed to provide a comprehensive study program in all aspects of financial planning relevant to the financial needs of individuals and business owners. The course commences with foundation knowledge for financial advisers in the areas of foundation finance theory and elementary techniques, financial markets, financial institutions, business and corporations’ law. Also, in the first semester, students complete a financial planning fundamentals unit designed to establish a perspective and framework for more detailed financial advising and planning issues examined throughout the course.
The course proceeds to provide students with detailed knowledge of the Australian superannuation system, superannuation structures and financial products generally applicable to personal financial plans. Concurrently, students will be grounded in the theory of investments, including financial products, pricing and portfolio construction with an emphasis on applicability to personal financial planning.
The Graduate Diploma forms the first two semesters of the Master of Financial Planning.
The completion of a three-year Australian bachelor’s degree in any field or a master’s degree in any field is required. International students with equivalent qualifications are eligible.
Applicants in the financial services industry without a degree who have extensive (at least five years) relevant experience will be considered. Applicants holding a business-related Australian bachelor or master’s degree may be eligible for exemptions.
IELTS Academic A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no individual band less than 6.0.
Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is available and will be assessed in accordance with TOP's RPL Policy. Please refer to the RPL Policy document and the Application for Credit Recognition form for further details.
The course structure consists of two semesters each of 12 week’s duration followed by an exam period. Four units each semester is a standard full-time workload.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma in Financial Services, a candidate must complete eight units (48 credit points). All units are core; there are no electives.
TFIN603 Finance Foundations
TFIN604 Financial Markets and Institutions
TFIN605 Financial Planning and Advice
TLAW601 Business and Corporations Law
Exit with a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning
TFIN608 Ethics and Professionalism
TFIN609 Client Relationship Management
Exit with a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning