Swinburne University of Technology has launched a new postgraduate financial planning course designed to meet FASEA standards and regulations introduced as a result of findings during the Hayne royal commission.
Beginning in the first semester this year, the Master of Financial Planning will be targeted at those already working in financial services who wish to up-skill and position themselves at the forefront of their industry.
Swinburne said students will also learn about the emerging technologies that will influence the future of the financial services industry.
Further, the postgraduate degree includes units on ethics and client management, with projects based around real-world case studies.
“In addition to people skills such as interpersonal communication, decision making and conflict management, this course provides students with the technical skills needed to provide tailored, professional financial advice whilst navigating complex financial matters and ever-changing industry regulations,” said Swinburne’s finance discipline leader Dr Reza Tajaddini.
“We don’t just teach students the industry code of ethics, rather we encourage students to consider and evaluate real ethical scenarios, preparing them for the range of situations they may need to respond to in practice.”
Dr Tajaddini said the demand for qualified financial planners would also continue to increase as a result of Australia’s ageing population.
“Financial planners are most often used by those approaching middle age who are looking to invest and plan for their futures and retirement,” he said.
“As a large portion of Australia’s population moves into this stage of life, we can expect the need for qualified financial planners will also grow."
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