Key Benefits

Nationally recognised

The course is meets the requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework. You’ll be able to use it as a pathway to higher level qualifications at tertiary institutions around the country.

ASIC compliant

This course is ASIC compliant, and provides a pathway to many professional designations.

XPLAN software training

You have the option of adding XPLAN software training,the financial industry’s go-to financial planning software package, when studying this course.

Government funded

If you live in Victoria, Monarch Institute has government funded places.

To see if you are eligible for a government funded place, please click here to see the criteria. Or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Tax (Financial) Adviser module

If you want to meet the Tax Practitioner Board (TPB) requirements to be a Tax (Financial) Adviser, completion of the FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning provides a direct pathway to the Tax (Financial) Adviser course. You only need to complete one additional module in Australian Commercial Law to meet the TPB requirements. This is because the required Australian Tax Law module is covered in the Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning as part of module 3. If you wish to add the Australian Commercial Law module, the fee is $575. The TPB does have specific assessments requirements.

You will also need to complete two short exam assessments:

  • Commercial Law module
  • Taxation (the course materials are covered in this course)

Course Accreditation

In total, you need to complete each of these 15 nationally recognised units of competency in order to be awarded your FNS60415 Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.


Module 1

Advanced investments

Module 2

Estate planning

Module 3

Social security and taxation planning

Module 4

Practice management

Course Assessments

The experts who design and deliver our courses (click back to Course trainers to meet some of them) have developed an assessment framework that’s uniquely designed to help you gain a deep understanding of the material. They’ll give you the kind of knowledge and skills you can use in the real world as a business operator or manager. Assessment formats include:

Career Opportunities

Key opportunities include:

Where you’ll work

Completing the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning qualification can propel a financial adviser’s career. But it’s not just for full time advisers. Others  within the financial services industry value chain can apply the theory and strategy from the Advanced Diploma to their work.

There are many workplaces for which an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning would add substantial credibility and skill, including:

Pathways

The next step up from an Advanced Diploma is an undergraduate degree at a university. You may be able to use your Advanced Diploma as a pathway to a Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) or similar. Some universities offer course credit for the units undertaken as part of an Advanced Diploma. You should check with the university you’re thinking of applying to before enrolling with Monarch Institute.

Entry requirements

To enrol, you’ll need to have completed the core of the FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, or equivalent, as it’s a Government requirement.

These units are:

To make sure you get the most out of training with us, the following enrolment process applies:


What equipment will I need?

You will need access to the following equipment to successfully complete the course:

It’s also ideal to have a financial calculator on hand.

 

Am I eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning?

We may be able to take into account relevant knowledge and skills you’ve possibly gained through previous formal or informal training, education and employment. To find out more, refer to our Student Information Guide by clicking here, or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Course Topics

Module 1

Advanced investments

Module 2

Estate planning

Module 3

Social security and taxation planning

Module 4

Practice management

Course Duration

Is there a maximum course completion time?

Yes; two years for the whole qualification. You must complete each module within six months.


Is there a minimum course completion time?

No. Except for some government funded students, students can complete the qualification as quickly as they choose.


What is the average course completion time frame?

Students who are highly motivated and well organised can often complete the full course in nine months. The key factors that influence course completion is a student’s experience, time availability, and how fast they work.

How it works

Study online. With a difference.

How does blended Online study work?

This course has been developed to give you absolute flexibility. Study on your couch, on public transport, on your break at work, out in the park – wherever and whenever you like. The best part is, with Monarch Institute, ‘online’ doesn’t mean ‘alone’. You’ll be backed by our trainers at every step along the way.


What support will I get?

Your trainer will be happy to contact you via phone, Skype, Zoom, TeamViewer, or email (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm). So you definitely won’t feel alone. You’ll also have access to our student Facebook groups, so you can discuss the material with other students. It’s a handy way to stay in touch with trainers and others in the same course.


Do you offer corporate workshops?

Yes. We’re the corporate training partner of choice for several large organisations. Our trainers can also conduct onsite training for groups of six staff or more. Corporate workshops can be scheduled for any location in Australia. Got a new satellite office with staff in need of training? Running a training retreat in an idyllic location (yes please!)? Our trainers can be there.

Corporate workshops are tailored to your organisation’s needs. Get in touch with our friendly course consultants for more information.

Course Price

Upfront payment

$1,625 (total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 10% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (MasterCard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Optional: add Tax (Financial) Adviser module for only $850 extra!


Payment plan

$68.75 per week, paid over 26 weeks (total $1,787.50)

This option is suitable for students wanting to manage their cash flow. It’s handy if you want to get started right away, but don’t have the full amount on hand. Payment must be made with MasterCard or Visa.

Optional: add $35.95 per week for Tax (Financial) Adviser module.


Government Funding

If you live in Victoria, Monarch Institute has government funded places.

To see if you are eligible for a government funded place, please click here to see the criteria. Or get in touch with one of our friendly course consultants.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders.
Lauren Davis
Trainer
"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."
– Henry Ford

I’m a qualified financial planner with 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry. I have worked as a financial planner for a small business, as well as running my own business. In the past I’ve also worked for one of the big four banks. I know what it takes to support new starters; I’ve also worked in marketing and supporting other financial advisers to run and grow their own businesses.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

Coffee and my much-loved Cavoodle, Henry, ready for his morning walk. I enjoy going out for brunch, watching movies, and watching any sport I can, in particular my beloved Carlton Football Club.

Helen Russo
Trainer
"Together, we can change the world”
– Akiroq Brost

I am a qualified financial planner holding a tertiary qualification in a Masters of Financial Planning as well as being a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) since 2001. I started in the financial advice industry in 1997, after transferring from a role as a lending manager with ANZ.  During my 20 years in the financial advice industry, I’ve had a number of diverse roles including corporate super at NSP Buck, workplace financial planning with private clients at MLC, and professional and business banking with Macquarie. To follow this up, I set up and ran an Australian Financial Services License for an accounting firm.

Then in 2012 I co-authored and delivered a business succession insurance training program for financial planners and accountants for the Business Risk Institute of Australia.  In 2013 I established my own practice, Encompass Wealth – Financial Life Planning. We specialise in holistic life planning, focusing on the broader context of a client’s life rather than just the numbers. This means integrating clients’ values, vision and wealth.

In March 2017 I was appointed Director at CLIME Private Wealth. This role sees me using my experience, technical knowledge and coaching abilities to provide advice to baby boomers transitioning into their version of retirement.  This is indeed a challenging role, dealing with people at diverse and sometimes difficult times of their lives.  I’ve been using my life coaching skills together with other frameworks gained from transition and retirement coaching studies.

Education has been a major driver of my financial planning journey. I’m currently studying a Diploma of Life Coaching (due for completion in December 2017), and a Bachelor of Social Science (majoring in behavioural science) at Swinburne University.

I have an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, together with other specialist accreditations in retirement planning, SMSF, home and aged care, ALPA ASX listed products, collaborative law (financial adviser) and as a retirement and transition coach. I am also a member of the Financial Planning Association, an associate member of the AFA, SMSF Association and a fellow at the Australian Institute of Management.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

My family! And the ability to make a difference in someone’s life – I love working with people!

Ben Dascal
Trainer
"Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right."
– Henry Ford

I am a qualified financial planner holding a tertiary qualification in financial planning, as well as being a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®). I’ve worked as a financial planner for an Australian bank for over two years. Before that, I worked for over seven years as an associate adviser for another financial planning company.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I enjoy catching up with friends, going for walks with my wife and following the North Melbourne
Football Club.

Janine Cini
Trainer
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do."
– Steve Jobs

I’m known as a bit of a superannuation guru here at the Monarch Institute office. I’ve got 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. I’ve worked in underwriting, corporate superannuation fund portfolios, business analysis, and self-managed superannuation funds.

I have undertaken a variety of roles, mostly within large corporations, but also with a number of small businesses. I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience in Monarch Institute’s student contact hours here in Melbourne.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

It’s all about balance and fitting as much into the day as possible. If the sun is shining an early morning horse ride is a must. A good balance of work to stimulate the mind and Pilates to keep in shape. And never a dull moment with three children and a close family living nearby.

Josh Wilson
Trainer
"Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless."
– Jamie Paolinetti

I am a qualified financial planner with tertiary and vocational qualifications in financial planning and law. I’ve had 17 years of experience in the financial planning and wealth management industry. I have worked as a financial planner for a large Australian bank and boutique wealth management firm for over 10 years, and prior to that, as a fund accountant for a London-based asset manager.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

I am usually woken up by my two girls first! I get excited to see my heirloom tomatoes growing strongly in spring. I love cooking at home on the weekend, hanging out in the park with my wife and two girls, and I’m a mad (suffering) Carlton supporter.

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Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

FNS60415

  • Get critical financial planning knowledge to provide RG146 Tier 1 advice
  • Become an RG146-compliant financial planner
  • Study anywhere, anytime – whatever works best for you
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DurationUp to two years
How it worksStudy online. With a difference.
Price$1,625 up front | $68.75 per week (payment plan) | Gov. funding if eligible
Career opportunitiesFinancial planner | Para-planner | Call centre adviser | Compliance officer | Middle-office or back-office
Course topicsFour modules
Accreditation15 units of competency | Nationally recognised
Course trainersIndustry experts and thought leaders.
Pathways

University courses

Entry requirements

Prerequisites apply | RPL available | Some equipment needed

AssessmentsMultiple small assessments | No exams
Start dateImmediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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