Course code: MHE20511FP

Financial Planning Fundamentals

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Overview About this course

This short course in financial planning comprises of one subject and runs for 12 weeks. In this course, you'll gain an introduction into financial planning in Australia. Gain an introduction into budgeting, debt management, investing, insurance, superannuation and more. You'll learn the skills and knowledge to meet a client's goals and objectives, within an ethical, legal and socially responsible manner. You will also gain the skills to communicate financial planning processes and develop your own personal finance capabilities. This course is also an excellent place to start if you're looking to further your studies with the Diploma or Bachelor of Applied Commerce. Graduates of the financial planning course can receive one subject credit when they go on to study the Diploma or Bachelor of Applied Commerce.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Assess the financial planning environment

  • Identify a client's financial planning needs

  • Implement regulatory compliance and ethical practices in financial planning

  • Examine client data and construct strategies to meet client goals and objectives in an ethical, professional and socially responsible manner

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

  • A nationally recognised higher education microcredential qualification

  • The introductory skills and knowledge to identify financial advice areas to clients

  • Communication skills to explain financial planning processes

  • Knowledge of the Australian legal framework and financial planning industry

  • Recognition of prior learning for the Bachelor of Applied Commerce. The 1 subject studied in the microcredential will be recognised and credited towards the Bachelor of Applied Commerce qualification, with a fee-deduction

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

  • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent OR

  • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent OR

  • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification OR

You must also:

  • Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support


  • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An interest in personal finance/financial planning

  • An interest in helping others

  • Good attention to detail and analytical mindset

  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills

  • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills

  • Ability to simplify difficult concepts

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: Associate financial planner/adviser, financial planner/adviser, investment analyst, superannuation adviser or analyst, insurance adviser, compliance practice manager, financial planning client service manager and financial coach.


This short course is a subject approved by the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) (formerly known as Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority [FASEA]) in the Bachelor of Applied Commerce course. Visit the FAS website for more information.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful, you'll achieve your qualification faster.

This tertiary short course provides a direct credit for the equivalent subject in the Diploma of Bachelor of Applied Commerce.

Subjects Subjects in this course

In this course, you will complete 1 core subject.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

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      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

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