Key Benefits

ASIC + RG146 compliant

This course meets the ASIC education requirements known as RG146. This regulatory guide outlines the knowledge and skills areas required to deliver both general and personal (Tier 1) financial advice under an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL). This course has been approved by ASIC authorised assessors. As of January 2019, all new financial advisers will be required to hold a FASEA approved degree. For more information, contact FASEA.

Nationally recognised

The course is nationally recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. You can use it as a pathway to further studies, including university degrees.

XPLAN software training

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

RG146 SMSF upgrade

SMSF advice is one of the fastest growing advice areas. You can add RG146 SMSF for an additional $200. That’s a $300 saving compared to taking the SMSF short course separately.

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.

Course Accreditation

Monarch has packaged these units which contribute towards your Diploma. You will be RG146 compliant in each of the following areas:

Module 1

Foundations of Financial Planning

Module 2


Module 3

Superannuation and Retirement Planning

Module 4

Insurance and Risk Management

Additional information

*You need to complete Module 1 before commencing the assessments or being issued with statements of attainment for Modules 2, 3 and 4. Module 1 contains pre-requisite units that must be assessed first.

~If you choose to upgrade to obtain RG146 SMSF accreditation, the following 5 units of competency are added into an expanded Module 3 – Superannuation & Retirement Planning.

Optional additional units for Module 3 (RG146 SMSF Accreditation)

Course Assessments

Our sector-leading academics and course trainers have developed a course assessment framework that is uniquely designed to help you gain a deep understanding of the course modules and, importantly, give you real-world insight, knowledge and skills. Assessment formats include:

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Financial Planning isn’t just for aspiring advisers. When you get RG146 accreditation, you open up a variety of career paths.

Key opportunities include:

This RG146 qualification is a legitimate pathway towards obtaining employment opportunities within the financial services industry. Provide general advice to clients at banks, through investment platform providers, at super funds, life insurance offices, or in accounting practices. Get stuck in to the theory and numbers in investment research houses, stockbroking firms, and financial publications. Help meet the broader needs of clients in mortgage broking businesses, insurance firms, business brokerages, and real estate agencies.

* The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) was established in April 2017. From January 1st 2019, persons wanting to become a financial planner require a FASEA approved degree. For more information contact FASEA.


Want to take your learning even further? The Diploma of Financial Planning will set you up for success in the Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. With the Advanced Diploma, you’ll explore new areas of financial advice and strategies needed by clients with real, complex financial needs. You’ll also get to grips with some of the tasks and challenges you’ll face as a leader or strategist within your organisation.

Monarch has formal pathways into the University of New England (AU)’s Financial planning programs. Choose to study the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning or the Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning). Find the course that’s right for you.

Entry requirements

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:

Am I eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning or credit transfer?

Yes, we do formally recognise prior learning (RPL). In other words, we 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 Handbook by clicking here, or call our friendly Course Consultants. Please note this course uses a clustered unit delivery model so please speak to a Course Consultant about how this could affect any RPL or CT granted.

Course Topics

Module 1

DFP 1 – Foundations of Financial Planning

Module 2

DFP 2 – Investments

Module 3

DFP 3 – Superannuation & Retirement Planning

Module 4

DFP 4 – Insurance and Risk Management

Course Duration

This course is designed to be completed within 12-24 months.

There is no minimum timeframe to complete this course. Students who are highly motivated and well organised can complete the full course at an accelerated pace.

The key factors that influence course completion are a student’s experience, time availability, how fast they work and how committed they are!

How it works

Study online. With a difference.

You’ll get:

How does it 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

$1,575 (total)

The most cost-effective option. Pay up front and save 20% compared to the total payment plan. Payment options include electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card (MasterCard or Visa), cheque or cash.

Optional: add RG146 SMSF for only $200 extra!

Payment plan

$72.69 per week, paid over 26 weeks (total  $1,890)

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 $9.23 per week for RG146 SMSF.

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.

*Fees and units are subject to change.

Meet your trainers

Industry experts and thought leaders
Helen Russo
"Together, we can change the world”
– Akiroq Brost

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. I set up and ran an Australian Financial Services License for an accounting firm.

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 where I use my experience, technical knowledge and coaching abilities to provide advice to baby boomers transitioning into their version of retirement.

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
"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.

Adrian Shaw
Adrian Shaw
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart"
– Eleanor Roosevelt

Drawing on nearly 20 years’ experience in the financial services sector, I lecture in Investments and Financial Services at the University of New England (UNE) and work with businesses to enhance the way they get things done. As subject coordinator for UNE, I recently developed the first Financial Services Simulator in Australia, and post-graduate subject offering students practical, real-world experience.

I’ve also worked with law firms, financial service providers, accountants and bookkeepers helping them streamline business operations and improve client experience.

What makes me jump out of bed each morning?

My dog and the desire to help my Monarch students!

Janine Cini
"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
"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 three children 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 children, and I’m a mad (suffering) Carlton supporter.

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Diploma of Financial Planning


  • Study online, in a way that suits you
  • First step in your career path to provide RG146 Tier 1 advice
  • Meet the RG146-compliance rules of ASIC
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Duration Up to two years
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $1,575 up front | $72.69 per week (payment plan) | Gov. funding if eligible
Career opportunities Financial planner | Para-planner | Call centre adviser | Compliance officer | Middle-office or back-office
Course topics Four modules
Units 21 units | Nationally recognised
Course trainers Industry experts and thought leaders
Pathways FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, or University Qualifications.
Entry requirements No formal prerequisites | RPL available | Some equipment needed
Assessments Multiple small assessments | No exams
Start date No longer taking enrolments
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