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Deakin launches online tool to help advisers navigate study options

Deakin University has launched a new online interactive tool aimed at helping financial advisers determine the education pathway required for them to meet new industry standards.

Deakin University has launched a new online interactive tool this week, aimed at helping financial advisers determine the education pathway required to help them meet new industry standards.

Deakin financial planning lecturer Marc Olynyk said the tool was a convenient way for advisers to figure out the best study pathway to comply with new requirements from the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA). 

“We are receiving a lot of calls from advisers who still seem perplexed about exactly what they need to do in order to meet their education requirements,” Mr Olynyk said.

“This has been the impetus for Deakin to develop a range of education tools and resources in an attempt to provide advisers with greater certainty and clarity.

“This interactive education pathway tool is designed to help financial planners discover how they can meet the requirements according to their previous qualifications and professional experience.

“It’s easy-to-use, and will provide users with personalised results depending on their educational and professional experience, with links to the relevant Deakin units or courses.

“Deakin is also developing an education landing page providing access to a range of education resources including answers to frequently asked questions, FASEA’s education standards and course information.”

Earlier this month, FASEA confirmed its approval of a number courses and bridging units, as part of its new education standards for existing financial advisers. 

Mr Olynyk said Deakin was proud to be one of a select number of providers to have its bridging units and current Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning approved, as well as its historical Graduate Diploma structure, dating back to 2010.

“The accreditation of both our current and historic Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning provides certainty to not only those advisers looking to start their studies, but also to students who have previously undertaken this course,” he said.

“Deakin offers a range of financial planning courses to suit new entrants, career changers and existing financial planners.

 “As well as our Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, Deakin's financial planning course offering includes a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in financial planning, a Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning, a Master of Financial Planning, and a financial planning specialisation within our MBA.”

Applications for those looking to start studying in trimester two, beginning 8 July, have been extended to 5 July 2019.

To access the adviser education pathway tool, visit: https://www.deakin.edu.au/courses/find-a-course/business/financial-planning/financial-planning-pathways.

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