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Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

If you're working in finance, needing to advance your skills or looking to start a career in financial services, this could be the qualification for you.

This nationally recognised course is a great way to learn practical skills that you can put to use immediately. 


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At a glance

Study mode

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Online

Provider

Kaplan Professional – Financial Courses (RTO 90116)
Career Opportunities
  • Mortgage Broker
  • Risk Manager
  • Financial Analyst
  • Compliance Manager
  • Portfolio Manager
  • Banker
Recognition

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.

Prerequisites
  • An undergraduate degree or graduate certificate; OR
  • A related advanced diploma or diploma; OR
  • An unrelated advanced diploma or diploma plus two years of related industry experience; OR
  • Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating the potential to undertake study at this level
Location

Online

Course length
Trimester-based delivery. Maximum time for course completion: 3 years
Study mode

Online


Online

Study from anywhere, when it suits you best and graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.

Blended

Study part of the course online. Combine your online learning with classes or practical sessions on-campus at a college or university.

In-class

Attend classes on-campus at a university, TAFE or college and interact face-to-face with teachers and fellow students.

Assessment
Assignments & exams
Start date

6 start dates per year.

Provider
Kaplan Professional – Financial Courses (RTO 90116)

Get the best possible start to a career in finance through Kaplan Professional, the preferred education partner of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA).

With flexible start dates and study methods, Kaplan allows you start your course at a time that suits you so you can study as little or as much as you like.

Kaplan Education Pty Ltd (RTO 90116) trading as Kaplan Professional

Price

The course price can vary depending on a few factors, including whether you are an Australian resident or your chosen payment option. To find out more, contact the course provider.

Prerequisites

To qualify for this course, you must have one or more of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree or graduate certificate; OR
  • A related advanced diploma or diploma; OR
  • An unrelated advanced diploma or diploma plus two years of related industry experience; OR
  • Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating the potential to undertake study at this level

What you'll learn

Get a solid foundation for your career in financial services.

You'll gain practical knowledge and expertise that you can put to use immediately. You'll also graduate with an understanding of the ethical standards in the financial services sector.

Course structure

4 units

Core units

  1. FIN101 - Financial markets & economic principles


    This core subject provides students with an overview of Australian financial markets and an understanding of the influence of economic developments on these markets. It focuses on issues of current relevance and develops the ability to analyse current economic and market events.

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

    1. Explain the interrelationships of the major domestic and global market sectors. 
    2. Explain the role of intermediaries in financial markets. 
    3. Assess the changes and impact of key economic and financial indicators on the Australian financial markets. 
    4. Assess the changes and impact of government and monetary policy on the Australian financial markets. 
    5. Compare how the different asset classes are used and traded. 
    6. Explain financial products and the drivers in their development and packaging. 
    7. Analyse current issues driving domestic and global financial markets in a given scenario.
  2. FIN102 - Regulation ethics & risk management


    This subject has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the basis of law and regulation across the streams of banking, wealth management/financial planning and capital markets. The subject will introduce students to the key drivers of law and regulation in the financial services industry and enable them to appreciate the critical role that law, regulation and ethics play in the operation of an efficient marketplace.

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

    1. Explain how ethical values and principles influence participants in the financial services industry. 
    2. Explain the powers, functions and operations of the relevant financial markets and regulatory bodies. 
    3. Explain the obligations imposed on participants by the common law, legislation and financial market rules. 
    4. Explain the liabilities to which participants may be exposed under the common law, legislation and financial market rules. 
    5. Apply various common law rules, legislation and financial market rules to a given scenario. 
    6. Explain the concept of risk and the role of Basel II/III in risk management.
  3. FIN103 - Financial analysis & valuation


    This subject introduces students to the fundamentals of financial analysis and the various techniques to analyse company financial statements. The subject reviews the accounting and reporting regulatory framework, examines the components of financial reports and the information they can provide to investors, looks at how corporations are financed and explains dividend imputation. It examines the application of financial ratios and introduces students to fundamental valuation concepts and the process of undertaking a company valuation.

    There are no prescribed texts for this subject. Details of supporting texts/readings are provided in the subject notes. Retailers of educational books include Co-op Bookshop and Boffins Bookshop. Texts can also be borrowed from the Kaplan library or other libraries.

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

    1. Explain the financial reporting framework, key accounting concepts and the components of financial statements 
    2. Explain how corporations are financed, the needs of their shareholders and the calculation of dividend returns to various types of shareholders 
    3. Calculate a company’s working capital, profitability and market performance ratios using its annual report 
    4. Assess the company’s performance using the results of the financial ratios calculated to make an investment recommendation 
    5. Explain key valuation concepts and the valuation process.

Students must also complete 1 elective unit.

Support and delivery

Articulation

The Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance is the first step in Kaplan Professional's postgraduate applied finance studies.

Upon completion of this course, you can proceed to the next stage - the Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance, which in turn articulates into the Master of Applied Finance course.

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