1 We are delighted you are considering enrolment into the CFP Certification program. This document lists the accredited Bachelor and Postgraduate courses that qualify as an FPA Approved Degree. To help you with your pathway toward CFP certification, there are a number of options. The courses highlighted in blue are currently accredited. All other courses have achieved accredition in the past and we will honour the accreditation if you have already started studies in one of these courses. If you have completed your studies or are planning to study a course (or a combination of courses), which are not on the list, you can apply for pre-admission. We can evaluate your particular course for entry into the CFP Certification program and let you know of any specific bridging requirement. CFP Certification Program Education Entry Requirements An approved degree (exemptions may apply) A financial degree with a Diploma of Financial (or DFS(FP)) A non-related degree with an Advanced Diploma of Financial (or ADFS(FP)) An Advanced Diploma of Financial (or ADFS(FP)) and working towards your degree 8 from an approved Masters (Graduate Diploma) Undergraduate degrees The Bachelor degrees on this list (pages 2-3) automatically satisfy the education requirements to become a Financial Planner AFP and prepare you for entry into the CFP Certification program, without the need for a bridging program. Postgraduate qualifications If you do not hold an approved undergraduate degree but have industry experience, you can enrol into an approved postgraduate qualification. An FPEC-approved course will be a minimum of a Graduate Diploma. You can progress to a to meet CFP Certification program entry (with CFP 2, CFP 3 and CFP 4 in most cases) or add CFP 1, CFP 2, CFP 3 or CFP 4 to achieve a Masters equivalent to meet the degree requirement. Some education providers will allow you to count FPA study towards a Masters as cross. Course CFP 2 4 may apply, if you completed an approved postgraduate program less than 10 years ago and have a degree.
2 BACHEL DEGREES Bachelor Degree Central Queensland University Prof Lee Di Milia Bachelor of Financial Bachelor of Financial / Bachelor of Accounting Bachelor of Accounting (Financial ) commencing Aug 2009 Dec 2014 Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Financial ) Curtin University of Technology Dr Elson Goh commencing Aug 2008 Aug 2011 Bachelor of Commerce (Financial ) Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Financial ) PLUS 326 Estate planning) commencing Aug 2011 Dec 2018 Bachelor of Commerce (major in financial planning) to 27 March 2012 commencing Mar 2008 Dec 2012 Deakin University Dr Adrian Raftery CFP Bachelor degree from 2012 including Fundamentals of Finance MAF101 Money and Capital Markets MAF 202 Financial MAF 255 Superannuation MAF 311 Advanced Financial MAF312 Equities and Investment Analysis MAF 307 Principles of Income Tax Law MLC 301 Business Law MLC101 or Law in Business MLC201 commencing Dec 2012 Dec 2014 Bachelor degree including 8 from 2012 plus Building client relationships MAF315 Estate MAF 316 commencing Jan 2015 Jun 2017 Griith University Dr Mark Brimble La Trobe University Marc Olynyk Bachelor of Commerce (Financial ) Bachelor of Commerce (Professional) Financial Bachelor of Commerce (Accelerated) Financial commencing Mar 2009 Feb 2018 Financial specialisation (7 ) within a full Bachelor degree commencing Mar 2009 June 2018
3 BACHEL DEGREES Bachelor Degree RMIT University Prof Steve Dellaportas Bachelor of Business (Economics and Finance) including the following : Superannuation and Retirement Insurance & Social Security Financial Practice Management commencing Feb 2007 Feb 2013 Bachelor of Business in Financial through Open Universities Program (all Financial required) commencing Feb 2010 June 2015 TAFE NSW Higher Education Diana Bugarcic Bachelor of Applied Finance (Financial ) commencing Jan 2012 June 2019 University of Canberra Prof Milind Sathye Bachelor of Commerce (Financial major) Bachelor of Finance (Financial major) commencing Sep 2010 Dec 2017 University of New England Dr Martin Hovey Bachelor Financial Services Bachelor of Laws Bachelor of Financial Services that must include: Financial and Wealth Management (FIN102) Investment Management in Financial (FIN103) Risk Management and Insurance (FIN201) Superannuation and Retirement (FIN202) Developing the Financial Plan (FIN301) commencing Jul 2011 June 2014 University of the Sunshine Coast Dr Gabrielle Parle Bachelor of Commerce (Financial ) commencing Jan 2010 Aug 2018 (Named Bachelor of Commerce in 2012) University of Western Sydney Derek Gleeson Bachelor of Financial Advising commencing Jan 2009 Dec 2013 University of Wollongong A/Pro Nelson Perera Victoria University A/Pro Nada Kulen Bachelor of Commerce (Financial ) commencing Sep 2008 Jun 2014 Bachelor of Business (Financial Risk Management) commencing Sep 2008 Dec 2013
4 Charles Sturt University Dr Dianne McGrath Master of Applied Finance with studies in Financial : f f Financial (FIN560) f f Risk Management and Insurance (FIN562) Estate (FIN563) f f Superannuation and Retirement (FIN564) commencing Oct 2007 Mar units as per FPEC bridging list: FIN560 Financial f f FIN562 Risk Management & Insurance FIN531 Investment Analysis f f FIN564 Superannuation & Retirement LAW545 Taxation Strategies FIN563 Estate f f FIN530 Money and capital Markets FIN516 Corporate Finance LAWS511 recommended possible on individual application Curtin University of Technology Dr Elson Goh CFP LRS Master of Financial commencing Jul Dec 2014 Finance Principles 515 f f Finance Instruments and Markets 559 Personal Finance 520 Taxation 531 Personal Risk and Insurance 509 Estate 526 f f Superannuation and Retirement 621 Financial Plan Construction 519 available Deakin University Dr Adrian Raftery CFP Master of Wealth Management from July 2004 who complete by end of 2011 entry to CFP program completed by end of 2011 Deakin University (ctd) Dr Adrian Raftery CFP Master of Financial commencing from Jan Jun 2017 For Jan 2010 to Dec 2012 accreditation was for a Masters, including MAF765, MAF702, MAF707, MAF708 & MAF709 Minimum 8 units: f f MAF765 Financial & Analysis f f MPS701 Principles of Risk Management & Insurance f f MAF707 Investments and Portfolio Management f f MAF708 Retirement Income Streams f f MLC703 Principles of Income Tax Law f f MLC707 Commercial and Corporations Law f f MAF715 Estate Strategies f f MAF709 Financial Development f f MAF714 Managing Client Relationships Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia) c/- Kaplan Graduate Diploma of Financial Accredited for course completed by Dec 2008 Course approved for entry (with a Bachelors or ) Since 2014, an extra option is to combine this course with the CFP 1,2,3 & 4 as a Masters equivalent Course approved for CFP 2 4 (where held with a Bachelor or Master degree) n/a
5 Master of Business Administration (Financial ) commencing from July 2004 and completing by Dec 2012 entry with degree including 7202AFE Financial 7232AFE Wealth management 7208AFE Financial, Construction & Review f f 7214AFE retirement and Estate CFP 2 4 for full Masters degree Griith University Dr Mark Brimble Master of Commerce (Financial ) commencing Jul Oct AFE Economics 7202AFE Financial f f 7203AFE Corporate Financial Risk Management f f 7151AFE Income Tax for Financial 7108AFE Taxation f f 7214AFE Retirement and Estate 7232AFE Investment Analysis f f 7208AFE Financial, Construction and Review CFP 2 4 with 12 compulsory TBA Master of Financial commencing Oct 2014 Oct 2017 f f 7254AFE Financial Fundamentals f f 7256AFE Personal Risk Management 7232AFE Investments f f 7151AFE Taxation for Financial Planners f f 7159AFE Principles of Business & Corporations Law f f 7255AFE Applied Financial f f 7246AFE Behavioural Finance & Wealth Management f f 7214AFE Retirement and Estate CFP 2 4 with 12 compulsory Kaplan Higher Education edu.au Sue-Ann Stanford Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance (Financial major) Completed by Dec 2010 Or Graduate Diploma of Financial commencing Jan 2010 Dec 2013 Master of Financial commencing Jan 2014 Feb 2018 entry (with a Bachelor or Master degree) when including the following units: f f Financial Fundamentals (FIN211) Investment Products (FIN212 f f Superannuation and Retirement (FIN213) f f Insurance, Estate and Succession (FIN214) f f FPC002 Applied Financial FPC004 Insurance Advice f f FPC008 Investment Management: Fund management Perspective f f FPC003 Superannuation and Advice f f FPC006 Tax Considerations in Financial Advice f f FPC005 Estate and Succession f f FPC009 Complex Financial f f FPC007 Client Engagement Skills CFP 2 4 when completed with a Bachelor or Masters degree. Since Oct 2014, this Grad Dip can also be combined with CFP 1, CFP2, CFP3 and CFP4 to achieve a Masters equivalent CFP 2 4 with a 12 subject Masters that includes FPEC study and: f ffpe011 Debt Strategies f ffpe016 Self managed Superannuation Funds Students who have completed CFP Certification program are eligible for for FIN211, FIN212, FIN213 and FIN214. Credit for 6 units available for completion of a degree + CFP Certification program
6 La Trobe University Marc Olynyk containing 9 specified commencing Mar 2009 Dec 2014 Principles of Economics Principles of Finance Financial Retirement and Estate f f Case Studies in financial planning Portfolio Management Debt securities Equity securities exemption to CFP 4 n/a University of Adelaide s and Graduate Diplomas that include Financial Specialisation commencing Mar 2006 Dec 2012 Graduate diploma (when combined with a Bachelor or ) that include four Financial Specialisation: f f Tax, Estate and Wealth (CPFIN 6003) f f Investment Advisory Process and Client Relationship Management (CPFIN 6005) f f Industry Research Project (CPFIN 6000) f f Global Wealth Management (CPFIN 6004) CFP 2 4 when completed with a Bachelor or Masters degree. Since Oct 2014, the Grad Dip can also be combined with CFP 1, CFP2, CFP3 and CFP4 to achieve a Masters n/a University of New England (UNE) A/Prof Martin Hovey Master of Financial Services or Grad Dip (Financial Services) commencing May 2011-Jun 2014 Master of Financial Services or Grad Dip (Financial Services) commencing Dec 2014-Dec 2015 Master of Financial Services or Graduate diploma (when combined with a Bachelor or ) that include: Financial and Wealth Management (GSB608) Investment Management in Financial (GSB611) Risk Management and Insurance (GSB609) Superannuation and Retirement (GSB610) Developing the Financial Plan (GSB612) f f AFM465 Financial and Wealth Management f f AFM466 Risk Management and Insurance f f AFM467 Superannuation and Retirement f f AFM468 Investment Management in Financial f f AFM569 Developing the Financial Plan LSSU592 Taxation Law f f LSSU450 Commercial Law 1: Principles of Australian Law f f AFM432 Financial Instruments and Markets f f An approved subject in estate planning CFP 2 4 when completed within a Graduate Diploma or Masters qualification. A Grad Dip must be held with a degree or combined with CFP 1, CFP2, CFP3 and CFP4 to achieve a Masters Exemption for CFP4 for: f f AFM532 Security Analysis and Portfolio Management TBA
7 University of NSW Michele Sharp Master of Financial Approved units on Estate and Insurance are mandatory for students commencing from commencing Oct 2011 Dec 2016 f f FINS5510 Per. Financial & Management FINS5531 Risk and Insurance f f FINS5513 Investments & Portfolio Selection ACTL5401 Retirement f f TABL5527 Tax Strategies in Fin f f TABL5511 Legal Foundations of Business f f FINS5539 Estate, Succession & Asset Protection f f FINS5510 Personal Financial & Management CFP2, CFP3 and CFP4 for 12 subject Masters 1 credit for completed CFP designation 1 credit for CFP 2, 3, and 4 completed within 3 years Total of 2 University of Southern Queensland Lujer Santacruz Master of Business (Personal Financial Specialisation) Graduate Diploma of Business (Personal Financial ) commencing Jul 2004 Nov 2011 Masters approved. Grad Dip approved for entry with a Bachelor or Master degree. Since Oct 2014, the Grad Dip can also be combined with CFP 1, CFP2, CFP3 and CFP4 to achieve a Masters CFP 4 for minimum Grad Dip. Individual applications University of the Sunshine Coast Prof Sajid Anwar Graduate Diploma of Financial and Master of Financial commencing Jul 2004 Nov 2011 Grad Dip approved for entry with a Bachelor or Master degree. Since Oct 2014, the Grad Dip can also be combined with CFP 1, CFP2, CFP3 and CFP4 to achieve a Masters CFP 4 for minimum Grad Dip. Individual applications Master of Commerce (Financial ) commencing Jul 2004 Dec compulsory CFP 4 for 8 2 cross towards 8 unit Masters University of Western Sydney Derek Gleeson Master of Commerce (Financial ) commencing Jan 2015 Dec 2017 f f Principles of Financial f f Insurance and Risk Management Investment Superannuation Principles of Taxation Commercial law for Retirement Research Project or Internship CFP 4 for 12 units 3 cross towards 12-unit Masters: f f f f f f
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