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Undergraduate | GRF-AFE320-2023

Financial Planning Skills

Study method

100% online


100% online

Entry requirements

Part of a degree


14 weeks

Start dates

  • 06 Nov 2023

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Upfront cost


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About this subject

What you'll learn

After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply advanced communication skills and professional competencies in financial planning and business contexts
  2. Compose a compliant client file that would pass an AMP independent audit
  3. Integrate compliant and ethical practice in the provision of financial advice
  4. Practice self-reflection, reframing and gratitude by adopting positive psychology techniques
  5. Display an advanced level of knowledge and skills in critical analysis and decision making
    • The role of the financial adviser
    • Meeting with clients
    • Introduction to documentation and compliance
    • Effective engagement
    • Advice documentation and fact finding
    • Communicating the Statement of Advice
  • This course focuses on developing skills to engage with clients in a real-world context and is delivered by experienced industry professionals via online learning over twelve weeks. This course maps to a number of National Financial Adviser Curriculum core knowledge areas. In particular, we focus on client relationships and consumer behaviour, which includes coverage of the following: Communication in a professional context, providing information about services to clients (FSG, PDS), collecting information from clients and setting goals, understanding self and others, interpersonal communication skills, the importance of client cues and prompts such as body language, tone of voice, how to create and build trust, fiduciary duty, ethical and professional conduct, legislated 'client best interests' requirement, risk profiling vs investment behaviour, managing the ongoing relationship and conflict resolution.

    • Participation and journal reflections (10%)
    • Client engagement. Workplace based Assessment (60%)
    • Electronic client file audit (30%)
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Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • GRF-AFA-DEG-2023 - Bachelor of Applied Financial Advice

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - Audio/Visual equipment

Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following degrees

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Bachelor of Applied Financial Advice