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Financial Planning

Postgraduate Certificate Online
6 months
12768 AUD/year
13000 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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You’ve got industry experience; here is your solution to the education requirements now required of financial planners by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning at Swinburne Online is designed to meet the FASEA bridging course requirements for existing financial advisers – approval is pending.

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You’ll refresh your knowledge while drawing on your own experience in investment, insurance, taxation, superannuation and estate planning. Course work will take you through the foundation skills of financial planning – analytical and creative planning and decision making.

By and earning the Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning at Swinburne Online you upskill without having to put your life on hold. You can continue to work and study at the same time.

While you are studying you can become a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) for free to get access to a network of financial planning professionals and resources.

Career opportunities

  • Financial Planner

Develop financial strategies for individuals or organisations and assist clients with complex decision to protect and grow their wealth.

  • Tax Analyst

Evaluates company operating information and recommend strategies on tax.

  • Treasury roles

Focuses on cash management, corporate finance and financial risk management within a business.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Elements of Financial Planning
  • Investment and Behavioural Finance
  • Corporations and Contract Law
  • Ethics, Regulation and Client Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 6 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


4 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6.5 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements


  •  recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline


  • A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience


  • A minimum of three years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience.

Work experience

Relevant professional experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12768 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12768 AUD per year and a duration of 6 months.
  • National

    13000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13000 AUD per year and a duration of 6 months.


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