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FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning & SMSF

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Mentor Education's FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning & SMSF (when combined with one of the AFS licensing options) enables accountants to meet their obligations detailed in Regulatory Guide 146 Licensing: Training of Financial Product Advisers (RG146) and provide advice in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSFs), Margin Lending, Investing, Superannuation & Life Insurance.

This course combines Mentor Education's nationally recognised FNS50615 Diploma of Financial Planning with our SMSF Adviser short course to create a comprehensive RG146 solution for accountants.

The course is specifically designed for, and oriented towards, recognised practicing public practice accountants - taking into account your breadth of existing financial knowledge and acumen - rather than take you through the basics from the beginning.

With the removal of the accountant's exemption (being Regulation 7.1.29A of the Corporations Regulations 2001) on 1 July 2016, accountants must meet Regulatory Guideline 146 (RG 146) to continue to give advice in relation to financial services and products.

Beyond being purely an educational program, you will also take away practical tools to help you implement financial planning as a revenue stream within your accounting practice, should you so desire.

Designed in conjunction with major financial institutions, it gives credit for your accounting qualification, only assessing gaps in your knowledge and bundling assignments to minimise study and class time.

The aim of the course is meet requirements and to enable you to build broader and deeper client relationships based on being the trusted adviser across all of your clients' financial needs.

Focused on your Success

Successful completion of this course allows you to meet the minimum training standards outlined in Regulatory Guide 146, diversify your client service offering and earn up to 21 CPD points as you learn.

With a Mentor Education 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)

This course proves access to the ideal environment to undertake specialty studies and advanced practice to help you take your business to the next level. Upon successful completion, you will be equipped to provide compliant financial advice to meet the objectives of retail clients in the areas of:

  • Life Insurance;
  • Superannuation;
  • Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF);
  • Investments;

Earn CPD Points

21 continuing professional development points are available.

Who Should Enrol?

Accountants seeking to:

  • Qualify to provide advice in the above financial products to their clients.
  • Diversify their client services and revenue opportunities by starting their own financial planning division or entering into a referral arrangement and/or joint venture with a financial planner.
  • Meet RG146 regulatory education requirement.
  • Be recognised for current knowledge by undertaking a gap assessment and only study in the areas where they have a gap in knowledge.
  • Study time efficiently and minimise time away from the office.
  • Earn CPD points.
  • Financial Planning legislation changes - New Education Standards
    FASEA has indicated that the education requirements for new entrants and existing advisers still require clarification. A process of consultation seeking stakeholder views is currently in process and will run until 29 June 2018.
    Click here for further information.

Financial Planning legislation changes - New Education Standards

FASEA has indicated that the education requirements for new entrants and existing advisers still require clarification. A process of consultation seeking stakeholder views is currently in process and will run until 29 June 2018.

Click here for further information.

Course Entry Requirement

This course is only available to accountants.

This course comprises seven subjects which must be undertaken in strict sequence, starting with Generic Knowledge and Financial Advice.

Recognition of prior learning is available.

Course Durations

It is expected that students will spend 1200 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)

This course comprises six subjects. The sequence of each subject must be undertaken in the order displayed on this page.

Financial Advice

Life Insurance Advice

Superannuation Advice

Specialist Area

  • Introduction to Superannuation
  • Superannuation Eligibility
  • Compulsory Contribution to Superannuation
  • Tax Concessions on Superannuation
  • Withdrawals on Superannuation and ETP's
  • Retirement Income Streams
  • Social Security Pensions
  • Duties of Superannuation Trustees
  • Self-Managed Super Funds (SMSF's)
  • Providing Superannuation Advice

Investment Advice

Specialist Area

  • Introduction to Financial Markets
  • Introduction to Managed Investments
  • Securities - Money Market Investments
  • Securities - The Bond Market
  • Securities - Shares
  • Securities - Property Securities
  • Specialised Investments
  • Constructing Portfolios
  • Derivatives
  • Use of Leverage
  • Taxation Issues for Investors
  • Conducting Research

SMSF Advice

Specialist Knowledge Area

This specialist knowledge area will equip you with the expertise and technical skills to provide compliant Self Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) advice to clients on:

  • Superannuation Fundamentals
  • Introducing SMSFs
  • Forming an SMSF
  • Obligations of Trustees
  • Contributing to an SMSF
  • Investments by a SMSF
  • Investment Opportunities for a SMSF
  • Pensions & Withdrawals from a SMSF
  • Estate Planning in a SMSF and Winding up a SMSF

Financial Plan Construction

Upon completion of the specialist knowledge subjects, a Statement of Advice (SoA) is researched, developed, implemented, presented, and reviewed.

Units of Competency

This course includes nationally recognised units

Core Units

BSBITU402 Develop and use complex spreadsheets
FNSASICZ503 Provide advice in financial planning
FNSFPL501 Comply with financial planning practice ethical and operational guidelines and regulations
FNSFPL502 Conduct financial planning analysis and research
FNSFPL503 Develop and prepare financial plan
FNSFPL504 Implement financial plan
FNSFPL505 Review financial plans and provide ongoing service
FNSFPL506 Determine client financial requirements and expectations
FNSINC401 Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry

Elective Units

FNSFPL507 Provide financial planning advice
FNSFPL508 Conduct complex financial planning research
FNSIAD501 Provide appropriate services, advice and products to clients
FNSINC501 Conduct product research to support recommendations
FNSCUS505 Determine client requirements and expectations
FNSASICU503 Provide advice in superannuationImplement financial plan
FNSASICX503 Provide advice in life insurance
FNSASICT503 Provide advice in Managed Investments
FNSASICW503 Provide advice in Securities
FNSFMK502 Analyse financial market products for client
FNSFMK503 Advise clients on financial risk
FNSCUS506 Record and implement client instructions

Self Managed Superannuation Funds Personal Advice

FNSSMS501 Invest in self-managed superannuation funds assets
FNSSMS601 Provide advice in self-managed superannuation funds
FNSSMS602 Apply taxation requirements when advising in self-managed superannuation funds
FNSSMS603 Apply legislative and operational requirements to advising in self-managed superannuation funds
FNSSMS505 Support trustee in the selection and performance monitoring of outsourced services

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 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. guaranteed acceptance into the profession with FREE association membership;
  3. job networking opportunities held nationally with prospective employers;
  4. support from a real community of ‘Career Leaders' who are there to assist your success
  5. 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.

We have designed our assessment activities in line with best practice standards to help you deliver quality advice outcomes to your clients.


Assessment tasks may be a combination of:

  • Short answer questions
  • Case study and scenario responses
  • Projects, Portfolio
  • Role Plays
  • Practical Demonstration
  • Journal and Self-reflection exercises

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


Mentor 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.

The Accountant's bridging course is the premium pathway from accounting to related financial advice practice. To ensure practice growth, client retention and longevity this is the course for you

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