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Graduate Certificate in Financial Advising

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertFinAdv

Western Sydney University Course Code: 2825.1

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year for this course is Quarter 2 2020 or later.

The Graduate Certificate in Financial Advising is a fully online course designed specifically for existing financial advisers to expand their skills and to meet new bridging unit education requirements as stipulated in the Corporations Act 2001 (as amended) and outlined in the Education Pathways Policy (FPS001) issued by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). Such requirements include the completion of between 1 – 3 individual bridging units and a capstone unit, depending on the adviser’s educational qualifications and professional certification/s.

This Graduate Certificate serves to provide advisers with a qualification within which to complete all three FASEA approved bridging units (in addition to a FASEA approved Financial Advice Capstone unit for advisers who follow the ‘relevant degree’ pathway outlined in FPS001). The aim is to ensure students comply with education requirements to practise as a financial adviser and are familiar with the FASEA Code of Ethics, behavioural finance and regulatory and legal obligations of financial advisers in order to provide high quality professional services. The benefit to students is two-fold: compliance with the Corporations Act and obtaining a postgraduate qualification.

Further information about the FASEA education requirements can be found at

FASEA Policy Statement Education Pathways

Study Mode
Six months full-time and one year part-time

Course Advice

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Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
OnlineFull TimeOnline See above
OnlinePart TimeOnline See above

On completion of this course, graduates will meet the education requirements of the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) for all three bridging course units as outlined in FPS001 Education Pathways Policy.


Applicants must have:

Successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline


Have an associate degree, or higher, in a business discipline


Have an advanced diploma, or higher, in a business discipline and have a minimum of five years general work experience in a related field


Have a minimum of five years full-time equivalent managerial/professional work experience in a related field


Submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a current CV for all work experience listed on their application and a Confirmation of Employment for all work experience listed on the application. Only applicants seeking admission through an established industry partnership agreement can provide an agreed alternative to the Confirmation of Employment. The confirmation of employment can be either be a letter on employer letterhead specifying their role and length of service or the industry declaration form.

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points including the units listed below.

201038Behavioural Finance (PG)
201037Ethics and Professionalism in Financial Services
201041Financial Advice (Regulatory and Legal Obligations)
200960Statement of Advice Research Project

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