Course overview

Kaplan Professional’s Graduate Certificate provides you with essential foundation knowledge and skills to launch your career in financial services. 

You gain practical knowledge and expertise that you can immediately apply, plus an understanding of the ethical standards in the financial services sector. This qualification is ideal if you’re:

  1. Working in finance and need specialist skills to fill knowledge gaps
  2. A professional considering a career change
  3. A graduate embarking on a career in finance

Who should enrol in this qualification?

  • Those looking to enter the financial services industry and forge a new career.
  • Individuals working in the legal profession who need to understand financial services.
  • Those interested in a career as a dealer, risk manager, analyst, compliance manager, corporate finance, advisory professional, economist, portfolio manager, broker, banker.

Starting dates

January, March, May, July, September, November

What you will learn

Learn the key economic principles, financial markets and risk concepts, understand the major local and global financial market participants and their interrelationship. You'll be able to analyse key economic and financial data and employ the codes of conduct, regulation and legislation used in the financial services industry. 

You will learn how to apply basic techniques in financial calculations and ethical considerations to a range of situations in financial services as well. 

Course structure

3 Core subjects

Entry requirements

Below are the minimum education requirements for entry into our postgraduate courses. 

Alternative entry pathways may be available to you if you do not meet the minimum education requirements. In addition, other entry requirements, such as English language proficiency, may apply to you depending on your academic background. 

The qualifications listed as minimum education requirements must be from a recognised Higher Education provider (including the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition). 

  • An Undergraduate Degree, or
  • A related* Advanced Diploma or Diploma
  • An unrelated Advanced Diploma or Diploma plus 2 years' related industry experience, or
  • Academic and/or professional qualifications demonstrating potential to undertake study at this level

Credit for prior study

Advanced Standing is recognition of prior learning (RPL) in terms of your experience and/or studies. When you apply for Advanced Standing, we will assess your prior learning and may award you credit in the course in which you are currently studying in recognition of what you have achieved. The granting of credit results in the reduction of the amount of learning required to achieve your qualification. We recognise various types of prior learning towards Kaplan postgraduate courses:

  • Advanced standing based on an Industry Designation - No charge
  • Advanced standing based on prior postgraduate study - $250 per subject*
  • Advanced standing based on industry experience (available for Financial Planning courses only)- $750 per subject*

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How to apply

1. Check entry requirements

Each Kaplan Professional postgraduate qualification has minimum entry requirements. Please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements required to enrol. 

In order to complete your studies with Kaplan Professional, you are assumed to have the following skills and access relating to technology. 

2. Check for possible exemptions

You may be able to obtain advanced standing for Kaplan Professional subject based on your previous study, professional membership status and work experience. 

3. Choose a subject

Not all subjects are available in every study period so make sure you check your preferred subject is offered. Check the subject outline to understand the hours of commitment and prerequisites.

Applied Finance subjects> 

Make sure you check the assessment timetable to ensure you are available to sit the assessment pieces. 

4. Enrol

You only pay fees for subject(s) in which you enrol each study period. Check the fee schedule for more information about fees.

FEE-HELP is also available. Click here to find out if you're eligible. 

You can enrol now and supply documentation to support your application for enrolment at a later date, within three weeks of your initial enrolment into the qualification.  On enrolment, new postgraduate students will be required to post an original certified copy of their previous studies.  If you are paying by cheque, utilising a deferral or have a preferred client code you will need to download a copy of our paper-based enrolment form.  

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $9,600 total course cost.


6 months to 3 years with fast-track options available

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Business & Management postgraduate courses at Kaplan Professional had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 96.7% (national average 89.6%)
Studying full time: 4.4% (national average 5.2%)
Median full time salary: $105,000 (national average $102,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Kaplan Professional graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.