Diploma of Financial Planning

Distance & Workshop Mode

RG146 Compliant

Career as a Financial Planner

No Course Entry Requirement


This program develops the essential skills and knowledge required to enter the financial planning industry. The course emphasizes on knowledge and financial planning skills to prepare you for providing personal advice to retail clients.

Our course also provides you with the necessary industry specific certification (RG146) to be ASIC compliant.

On completing your FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning, you can give advice in various roles within the financial services industry. This course is written by practicing financial planners and is reviewed and is reviewed frequently to keep it up-to-date.

Course Outcome

Think Academy of Business and Technology’s Diploma of Financial Planning is a nationally accredited course and is a RG146 compliant.This course is designed to deliver the following learning outcomes:


  • ASIC RG 146 compliance
  • Provide ASIC financial advice (both general and personal advice)
  • Provide advice in life insurance, managed investments, securities, and superannuation

Course Outline

It is expected that students will spend 1225 hours in learning and related activities over 12 months. Students who have extensive industry experience will be expected to complete it in a shorter period.

Work in Financial Services
DFP 1 – Financial Planning
DFP 2 – Risk Protection
DFP 3 – Superannuation & Retirement Planning
DFP 4 – Investment Planning
Spreadsheets for Business

Study is self-paced and the program is designed to cater to the needs of students both in the content and the style of delivery to ensure that the participants have ample time to absorb the content and practice their skills.

Course Entry Requirement

This is an open entry course with no pre-requisite qualifications. However, students should have the following abilities


  • Pass the Learning Literacy and Numeracy Test (LLN)
  • Have a good understanding of English Language.
  • Basic knowledge of using Computers and Microsoft Office.



BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets

FNSASICZ503 Provide advice in financial planning

FNSFPL501 Comply with financial planning practice ethical and operational guidelines and regulations

FNSFPL502 Conduct financial planning analysis and research

FNSFPL503 Develop and prepare financial plan

FNSFPL504 Implement financial plan

FNSFPL505 Review financial plans and provide ongoing service

FNSFPL506 Determine client financial requirements and expectations

FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry



FNSASICX503 Provide advice in Life Insurance

FNSASICU503 Provide advice in Superannuation

FNSASICW503 Provide advice in Securities

FNSASICT503 Provide advice in Managed Investments

FNSINC501 Conduct product research to support recommendations

FNSIAD501 Provide appropriate services, advice and products to clients

FNSCUS505 Determine client requirements and expectations

FNSCUS506 Record and implement client instructions

FNSFMK502 Analyse financial market products for client

FNSFMK503 Advise clients on financial risk

FNSASIC301 Establish client relationship and analyse needs

FNSASIC302 Develop, present and negotiate client solutions



TABT has carefully structured its Assessments to include a variety of formats which will enhance your understanding:

  • Multiple choice questions
  • Case studies and Short Answer questions
  • Workplace scenarios
  • Role Play

Career Opportunities

The primary pathway from this qualification is employment as a financial planner providing advice to clients on financial products and services within the ASIC licensing framework for the sector. Any person who provides financial advice must have an industry specific accreditation (known as RG146 certification).

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Financial planner/adviser
  • Associate financial planner/adviser (i.e. a junior)
  • Para-planner
  • Financial Planning practice manager
  • Compliance officer at a financial planning firm/AFSL
  • Finance and Insurance Professional
  • Financial Investor Advisor
  • Investment corporate actions support officer
  • Superannuation corporate actions support officer


Course Duration

Students have 12 months to complete this qualification. This course is a self-paced distance learning course. We would expect that you will spend at least 24 study hours per week. During this period students shall be reading, conducting research, performing assessments and managing feedback.

It is expected that on average, students will have the following study load to complete this course:



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded the Diploma of Financial Planning (FNS50615) qualification by TABT. If a student successfully completes the units of competency, they will receive a Statement of Attainment relating to the units completed.

Distance Learning

At TABT we understand that you have a busy schedule, and we know that many of our potential students simply don’t have the time to attend our classroom workshop training. Our TABT distance learning courses offer the same nationally recognised accreditation that our classroom workshop students enjoy.

Distance education, gives you the flexibility to study at anytime and anywhere (as long as there is internet connection) that suits you. And it is cheaper!

You will have the same access to our best-in –class trainers and coursework from anywhere with an internet connection. At TABT we never differentiate between our distance learning students and our workshop attendees, as a distance learner you will receive the outstanding digital coursework and one-on-one attention that students have come to expect from our programs.


Classroom workshop is conducted by our experienced Facilitators with hands-on industry experience. Our Facilitators are skilled at making the classroom experience interactive, providing real life examples to stimulate interest.

Classroom Workshop attendance is optional but is available to assist in completing assessments, networking & understanding career opportunities.

*All students studying with TABT are regarded as undertaking a course or qualification as distance learning students. Students may also choose to attend optional workshops which are facilitated by a recognised industry expert. The option of attending classroom workshops may be available subject to student demand.

We come to you

TABT provides on-site training for group instruction (minimum 6 staff). Please call us or email us for more information.

 Nationally recognised Certificate and Diploma courses.