Course code: MHE20530IP

    Investment Planning

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    OverviewAbout this course

    This Financial Planning microcredential qualification comprises of one subject and runs for 12 weeks. You can choose to study online or face-to-face. In this short course, you'll examine various types of investment options. You'll learn to assess investor constraints and assess the risk vs reward of investment strategies to ensure the strategy meets the client’s financial planning needs. This is an essential short course for financial advisers, financial services industry employees and career changers looking to upskill in this specialty area.

    You'll have the opportunity to hear from industry experts who will enhance your learning by providing first-hand insights and information. This course is also an excellent place to start if you're looking to further your study with the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning. Graduates of the investment planning course can receive one subject credit if you go on to study the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

    OutcomesWhat you'll gain

    Learning outcomes

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

    • Generate quantitative client and investment information to meet client goals

    • Compare and evaluate investment opportunities

    • Review investment strategies and evaluate client needs, risk profile, goals and investment performance

    • Communicate strategy recommendations for investments to clients

    • Develop recommendations in an advice document in the investment planning advice area

    Course outcomes

    Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • A nationally recognised higher education microcredential qualification

    • The skills to assess potential clients in the area of investment planning

    • The ability to apply research skills to investment technical knowledge, strategies and products

    • Experience in developing recommendations in an advice document in the investment planning advice area

    • Recognition of prior learning for the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning. The 1 subject studied in the microcredential will be recognised and credited towards the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning qualification, with a fee-deduction

    • For existing advisers or those attaining the Professional Year (PY), a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate will be provided upon successful completion of this subject. Please check with your licensee on the CPD policy requirements

    SuitabilityIs 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:

    • Hold a diploma or advanced diploma in financial planning and are currently practicing financial planning or

    • Hold a bachelor's degree in any discipline (including financial services degrees not on the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) approved list (


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

    • Please ensure to attach all evidence when applying for this course to demonstrate the minimum entry requirements and for ease of the enrolment process.

    Entry recommendations

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

    • A high commitment and application to this specialised area

    • Compliance and risk management skills

    • Strong attention to detail and an analytical mindset

    • Sound problem solving and decision-making skills

    • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to present reports

    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.

    PathwaysFuture career and study options

    Career pathways

    Our graduates go onto roles like: Financial planner/adviser, investment adviser and specialised roles in investment banks or fund managers.


    This microcredential meets the minimum education requirements for investment planners according to the Financial Adviser Standards (FAS) set by the Australian Government Treasury (formerly known as Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority [FASEA]). It is an accredited subject with FAS as a subject in the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning course. Visit the FAS website: ( for more information.

    Study pathways

    Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

    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 microcredential provides a direct credit for the equivalent subject in the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

    SubjectsSubjects 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.

    TAFE NSW servicesFacilities and support

    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.

    • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

    • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

    • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

    • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

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    • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

    • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

    • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

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