Deakin adds support for financial planner training

Deakin University Business School is supporting financial planners to prepare for the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority’s (FASEA’s) inaugural national adviser exams this month, as well as adding Deen Sanders to the faculty.

They would offer free webinars, complimentary mapping and recognition of prior learning services, and innovative courses built by leading financial planning academics.

Deakin had also reconfigured its suite of postgraduate offering, ranging from bridging courses in ethics, financial services regulation and behavioural finance, through to a Graduate Certificate of Financial Planning.

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Adrian Raftery, associate professor and course director of financial planning studies at Deakin Business School, said his team had been working to make the study as easy as possible for advisers who were required to pass a registration exam by the end of the next year and undertake an approved degree or equivalent by 2024.

“There is a bit of nervousness amongst the financial advice fraternity as the reality of a new era of professionalism sets in, so we’re working hard to take some of that stress away,” Raftery said.

“Deakin has provided financial planning education for more than three decades, so we are placed well to help advisers navigate through these new professional, ethical and education standards.”

Deen Sanders, the inaugural chief executive of FASEA and current partner for governance, regulation, and conduct at Deloitte, had also been added as an adjunct professor.

He would join a team that already included lecturers Marc Olynyk and Mike Kerry, Dr Campbell Heggen, and Professor of Practice Adam Steen.

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