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Advanced Diploma Of Financial Planning

The Advanced Diploma Of Financial Planning (FNS60415, supersedes and is equivalent to FNS60410) is fast becoming the expected qualification for the financial planning industry. A growing number of Australian Dealer Groups & AFSLs recognise that advisers holding the Advanced Diploma Of Financial Planning are best equipped with the skills and knowledge to provide personal advice for retail clients with complex needs, such as estate planning, taxation and sophisticated investment planning.

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive 52 CPD points upon completion.

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Why Study With Us?

We recognise that employers are increasingly looking for candidates who are aware of the challenges of being a successful financial adviser.

Often a candidate’s Qualification is the only evidence that they possess the technical knowledge and skills requirements to conduct themselves professionally as an authorised representative. Unfortunately, this can not be said for all training providers.

With our Advanced Diploma Of Financial Planning qualification you have confidence in the fact that you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge gained from a credible industry-endorsed program that employs best practice assessment standards, helping you graduate at the leading edge of your chosen field.

Course Outcome(s)

The Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning extends the skills and knowledge advisers have gained from the Diploma Of Financial Planning to enable Financial Planners to:

  • provide financial planning advice to meet the objectives of retail clients with complex needs
  • develop a range of strategies in order to deliver a comprehensive financial plan

Who Should Enrol?

You should enrol in the Advanced Diploma Of Financial Planning if you are:

  • seeking advanced technical and specialist knowledge, tailored to the needs of the financial planning industry, in line with best practice
  • interested in upgrading your qualifications to build on your valuable experience in the financial services industry
  • have completed the Diploma of Financial Planning

Prerequisite Knowledge

It is recommended that you complete the Diploma Of Financial Planning subjects before enrolling in the Advanced Diploma Of Financial Planning. The recommended knowledge requirements for the Advanced subjects must be initially satisfied at the Diploma level.

Course Durations

It is expected that students will spend 1800 hours in learning and related activities if completing on a full-time basis over 12 months students who have extensive industry experience will be expected to complete it in a shorter period)

ADFP1 - Taxation Planning

  • Introduction to Taxation Planning
  • Taxation Calculation and Assessment
  • Intro to Individual Taxation
  • The Treatment of Capital Gains
  • Allowable Deductions
  • Applying the Tax Rates
  • Tax Offsets and Tax Worksheet
  • The Income Tax Collection System
  • Investment Vehicles
  • Tax Planning
  • Assessable Income

ADFP2 - Estate Planning

  • Introduction to Estate Planning
  • Wills and Probate
  • Intestacy
  • Revoking Wills and Challenging Wills
  • Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Capital Gains Tax
  • Personally Held Assets
  • Assets Held By Trust
  • Taxation of Trust Income
  • Taxation Responsibilities of an Executor
  • Superannuation and Estate Planning
  • Social Security and Estate Planning
  • Business Succession Planning

ADFP3 - Advanced Investment Planning

  • Introduction to Financial Maths
  • Using a Financial Calculator
  • Introduction to Risk and Return
  • Portfolio Diversification
  • Market Timing
  • Market Risk and Return
  • Investment Fund Performance
  • Efficient Market Theory
  • Introduction to Behavioural Finance
  • Use of Leverage
  • Handling Foreign Exchange Exposure
  • Research Issues

ADFP4 - Financial Planning

  • Legal and Other Requirements for Producing a Statement of Advice
  • The Fact Finding Interview
  • Formatting the Plan
  • Making Product Recommendations
  • Writing the Statement of Advice
  • Presenting & Reviewing the SOA
  • Case Study


Core Units

  • Conduct complex financial planning research
  • Provide technical and professional guidance
  • Determine client requirements and expectations for clients with complex needs
  • Provide comprehensive monitoring and ongoing service
  • Develop complex and innovative financial planning strategies
  • Present and negotiate complex and innovative financial plans
  • Implement complex and innovative financial plans
  • Establish, supervise and monitor practice systems to conform with legislation and regulations

Elective Units

  • Provide advice in Managed Investments*
  • Provide advice in Securities*
  • Provide advice in Superannuation*

* Mutual Recognition awarded where completed as part of Diploma of Financial Planning FNS50615 (or equivalent).

Career Pathway Program

Career Pathway Program

Being a quality educator in the financial services industry, we recognise the important contribution that industry peers can make in your ongoing professional development. To help our students access the right resources and expertise to maximise their potential in the financial services industry, Mentor Education has teamed up with Australia’s leading industry bodies to design a comprehensive suite of career-building tools for Diploma of Financial Planning and Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning students, called the ‘Career Pathway Program’

Benefits include:

  1. developing your skills and knowledge with 12-month FREE professional development subscription, valued at $360
  2. Keep updated with industry news and events

If you’re looking to transition into or advance your existing financial services career, this is an opportunity you can’t afford to miss. If you enrol into the full Diploma of Financial Planning or Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning courses, the Career Pathway Program is FREE.


Our courses are designed to provide skill-based learning outcomes. Assessment activities for the Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning include multiple choice questions, short answer assignments, and the development of a Statement of Advice.

Our friendly and experienced team will provide support and assessment feedback as you progress through your studies.


Mentor Education specialises in providing professional education and training services to you anywhere, any-time. We appreciate that learning needs differ for each individual and organisation, which is why we allow you to select the approach that works best for you.

Study Online, Workshop or customised In-house Training and start this Monday at 11 am with an Induction Webinar.

  • No hidden costs
  • 13 CPD points/module
  • Online assessment
  • 1300 phone support


BONUS: Career Pathway Program

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Enrol by 5pm Friday, to access to our induction webinar 11am every Monday

  • No hidden costs
  • Interactive learning
  • 13 CPD points/module
  • National Workshops
  • Hardcopy materials


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..Mentor Education’s assistance with helping me with both Diploma of Financial Planning and the Adv. Diploma of Financial Planning has been fantastic. I really appreciate their guidance and assistance with helping me obtain my qualifications. Your prompt email responses to my queries are also greatly appreciated..

Linda Pfitzner
Client Service Manager
Leading Australia Bank Financial Planning

..Mentor Education simply makes our lives easier. Their professional problem-solving approach allows us to focus on other parts of the business;
safe in the knowledge that Mentor graduates have what is takes to provide our clients with sound and accurate advice..

Charles Cavallaro
Professional Development Coordinator
Leading Australian Bank

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