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Need to upgrade your financial qualifications in a hurry?

You've come to the perfect place

With the world of financial advice changing rapidly, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is here to help you get the qualification you need – as quickly and smoothly as possible. The new education standards and Code of Ethics introduced by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) mean it’s imperative that financial planners/advisers get up to date in order to keep practising. As one of Australia’s top online unis, we’re experts in helping working professionals fit study seamlessly into their busy schedules.

What’s the difference between the courses?

Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning

Our flexible online Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning has been mapped against the FASEA and Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) accreditation framework to meet all current financial planning requirements. If you complete this course, you’ll also be eligible for advanced standing in the CFP® Certification Program (leading to the Certified Financial Planner® designation).

Recently redesigned in collaboration with industry professionals, the course meets the current needs of industry and blends the latest finance theory with industry best practice. Our graduate diploma is delivered by industry and academic leaders who have a wide range of industry experience and are supported by well-researched curriculum and teaching methods.

This course is part of an articulated program of study. If you like, you can use the graduate diploma as a stepping stone to the Master of Applied Finance. You’ll be able to start the master’s with credit already in your back pocket for all the subjects you completed.

Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning

CSU’s flexible online Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning is the perfect way to develop your skills and knowledge in financial planning, getting you job-ready. The Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning has been designed to meet the training requirements of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

Again, as part of an articulated program of study, you can use the graduate certificate as an entry point for the Master of Applied Finance, with credit for all the subjects you completed.

Master of Applied Finance

Gain a competitive edge in a critical function of business sustainability with CSU’s Master of Applied Finance. Globally recognised and accredited, our flexible online master’s course prepares you for senior leadership positions across the finance industry, equipping you to apply advanced knowledge to finance challenges.

The Master of Applied Finance offers you the formal knowledge, capabilities and competencies in finance with options to specialise in estate planning and financial planning.

The Financial Planning specialisation has been mapped against ASIC’s regulatory guide 146 (RG 146) and the FASEA and Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) accreditation framework to meet all current financial planning requiements. If you complete this specialisation, you’ll also be eligible for advanced standing in the CFP® Certification Program (leading to the Certified Financial Planner® designation).

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