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.

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

In total, you need to complete each of these 21 nationally recognised units of competency in order to be awarded your FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning. You will be RG146 compliant in each of the following areas:


Module 1

Foundations of Financial Planning

Module 2

Investments

Module 3

Superannuation and Retirement Planning

Module 4

Insurance and Risk Management

Additional information

*You need to complete Module 1 before being issued with statements of attainment for Modules 2, 3 and 4.

~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 will provide you with a vast array of employment opportunities within the financial services industry. Provide advice to clients at banks, through investment platform providers, at super funds, in financial planning firms, 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.

Pathways

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.

Course Prerequisites

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?

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 Guide by clicking here, or call our friendly course consultants.

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

Is there a maximum course completion time?

Yes – you have up to 2 years to complete the qualification, and many complete it in less time.

We find our students complete the FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning in varying time frames. It really does depend on your life situation, and time availability. There is also a requirement that you complete each module within 6 months (i.e. 4 modules X 6 months = 2 years maximum).


Is there a minimum course completion time?

No – there is no minimum course time-frame.

Students can complete the qualification as quickly as they choose.


What is the average course completion time-frame?

Volume of learning: We have found students that are genuinely motivated to progress through the course are able to complete the full course in as little as 9 months. Other students that have no experience or understanding of key concepts in financial planning take closer to 2 years. The key factors that influence course completion is a student’s experience, time availability and work rate.

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. 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 10% 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

$66.63 per week – paid over 26 weeks (Total: $1732.50)

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 $8.46 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.

Meet your trainers

You’ll be guided and supported by financial planning 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
"I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination"
– Jimmy Dean

In the past 17 years I have been afforded the opportunity to work with many different clients and their situations and in a variety of roles: NSP Buck (corporate superannuation), MLC Advantage (workplace financial planning), Macquarie Bank (professional and business banking), and accountancy practices. And in the past four years, my own business. I have previously successfully applied for and run an AFSL for three years as a key person and responsible manager.

What makes him jump out of bed each morning?

My family! And the ability to make a difference in someone’s life – 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. 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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Diploma of Financial Planning
(RG146 Compliant)

FNS50615

  • Get what you need to provide RG146 Tier 1 advice
  • Become an RG146-compliant financial planner
  • Study the way that suits you
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Duration Up to two years
How it works Study online. With a difference.
Price $1,575 upfront | or $66.65 per week | or Govt Funding if eligible
Career opportunities There are plenty - financial planner, para-planner, call-centre adviser, compliance officer, middle-office or back-office.
Course topics Four Modules
Accreditation Meets the ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 (RG146), Government accredited under AQF, listed on ASIC Training Register.
Course trainers You’ll be guided and supported by financial planning industry experts and thought leaders.
Pathways

FNS60415 Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

Prerequisites

No formal requirements. Learn about recognition of prior learning (RPL), and equipment needed.

Assessments You’ll have comprehensive assessments at different points along the way. Meaning, no exams.
Start date Immediately, or whenever you’re ready.
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