Financial Services (Diploma)

New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements


In the Diploma of Financial Services Management program, you’ll take financial services courses as well as courses in personal selling, business law and management essentials. The program provides the financial knowledge to be successful in various industry licensing exams such as insurance, mutual funds and investments. You’ll also graduate ready to challenge the FP Canada Qualified Associate Financial Planner (QAFP) exam.

Further studies

This diploma transfers into the Bachelor of Business Administration – Financial Services at Douglas College.

Get paid, full-time work experience while you study

Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.

Get licensed as a Qualified Associate Financial Planner

The courses below are required to satisfy the FP Canada Core Curriculum allowing you to challenge the QAFP exam.

  1. FINC 2300 QAFP Core Curriculum
  2. FINC 3390 QAFP Core Curriculum
  3. ACCT 3370 QAFP Core Curriculum
  4. FINC 3300 QAFP Core Curriculum

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 60.00 credits
  • 50% (30 credits) of all course work must be completed at Douglas College
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required to graduate
  • Courses marked with an asterisk (*) require a minimum "C" grade as are  pre-requisites to further ccourses
  • Co-op work experience is an option, which requires an additional term, and must be completed before the final term of the program.

Course Requirements: 

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ACCT 1110* Principles of Accounting I (see note (1) below) 3.00
ACCT 1210* Principles of Accounting II (see note (1) below) 3.00
FINC 1231* Business Mathematics (see note (2) below) 3.00
BUSN 1210 Management Essentials 3.00
MARK 1120 Introduction to Marketing 3.00
CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3.00
BLAW 1320 Introductory Business law 3.00
PHIL 1122 Business Ethics (see note (3) below) 3.00
BUSN 2429* Business Statistics I (see note (4) below) 3.00

Select two courses from the following three options:

ENGL 1130 Academic Writing 3.00
CMNS 1115 Practical Writing 3.00
CMNS 1125 Oral Presentations 3.00

Select one of the following two options: (see note (5) below)

FINC 2340* Corporate Finance 3.00
FINC 2345* Introduction to Corporate Finance 3.00
Required Courses
ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics 3.00
FINC 2300* Personal Finance I (CFP) 3.00
MARK 2150 Personal Selling 3.00
FINC 3390* Security Analysis (CFP)(see note (6) below) 3.00
Select four courses from the following options:
FINC 3305 International Financial Management 3.00
BUSN 3310 Organizational Management Skills (see note (7) below) 3.00
ACCT 3370 Income Tax I (CFP) 3.00
BLAW 3730 Corporate and Financial Planning Law 3.00
FINC 3300 Personal Finance II (CFP) 3.00
MARK 3500 Financial Services Marketing 3.00
FINC 4340 Investment Management Techniques 3.00
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques 3.00
Total Credits 60.00


  1. ACCT 1235(Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I & II) can be taken instead of ACCT 1110 and 1210. A 3-credit open elective course must then be taken to meet the 60-credit requirement of the program.
  2. MATH 1125 may substitute FINC 1231.
  3. PHIL 1102 may substitute for PHIL 1122. BUSN 4490 may also be substituted for PHIL 1122.
  4. MATH 1160 may substitute for BUSN 2429.
  5. Students who have previously taken ECON 2298 may substitute it for FINC 2340 or FINC 2345.
  6. The Canadian Securities Course (CSC) can be transferred in and substituted for FINC 3390.
  7. SOSC 2140 may substitute for BUSN 3310.

*A minimum grade of "C" for each course which is a pre-requisite to further courses is required (courses indicated by *).

The courses listed below satisfy the FP Canada™ Core and Advanced Curriculum requirements leading to QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (QAFP™) and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® (CFP®) certification.


Admissions Requirements

General College Admission Requirements



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Career Pathways

The Financial Services industry is one of the largest employers in Canada. Banks and investment companies offer increasing options to consumers, and this explosion of financial products requires trained specialists to sell and manage them. Further increasing the demand for wealth managers is the advent of the "baby boomer" generation seeking retirement planning and investment management to secure a sound financial position in retirement.WorkFutures, the B.C. government’s comprehensive study on occupational outlooks, ranked the growth rate for financial management careers to be "much faster" than average. Incomes were also rated "much higher than average," with about 35 percent of financial planners being self-employed. 

Future Studies

All courses taken as part of the Financial Services Management Diploma may be applied for credit towards the BBA – Financial Services and Administration. As well, many courses can be transferred towards credits in university degree programs and other business credentials. Check the B.C. Transfer Guide or consult with faculty for updated information on specific courses.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.