Adviser Education Initiative


The Financial Planning Association of Australia has announced a partnership with Deakin Business School, which will allow financial planners to combine a Master of Financial Planning degree with the CFP Certification Programme.

FPA Chief Executive Officer Dante De Gori says in a media release that the move would allow financial planners to combine their study requirements into one single course.

“This is a significant win for financial planners, who will now be able to graduate with both an academic qualification and the highest global professional designation in financial planning, which is recognised in 27 countries around the world.”

FPA’s CEO Dante De Gori ….This is a significant win for financial planners…

He adds that the partnership is designed to offer choice and flexibility to financial planners and brings the education options in line with other professions, like accounting, which already embed designations into their academic programmes.

CFP certification units 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been mapped against the Masters units at Deakin Business School. Deakin will include the CFP certification capstone as an elective option, which counts towards its Master of Financial Planning.

Peter Carey, Head of the Department of Accounting at Deakin Business School, said: “At a time when all financial planners are grappling with the need to satisfy new education standards and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism and competence with their clients, this partnership demonstrates our commitment to working closely with the profession.”


  1. Why would anyone waste their time with CFP, it meant nothing before and now that we all have to get new qualifications will mean nothing in the future. I think the FPA are just trying to stay relevant (if they ever were?), I would never join them as an association as they do not support Financial Planners. If they did then we would have more wins (or a win) than losses, look at the mortgage association much more professional.

    • True true…..
      FPA is here to make more $$$ for themselves hence, they are always promoting their BS CFP program. They are always in media promote CFP this and CFP that…..they are pushing ideas into the general public that if advisers are not CFP qualified they are not good advisers. What a whole lot of $%#@

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