Financial Planning (Post-Degree Diploma)

Commerce & Business Administration
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
New Westminster
Learning Format
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements


The Post-Degree Diploma in Financial Planning covers the fundamentals of financial management and personal finance. Students learn financial services marketing, Canadian securities, wealth management and more. Graduates of the program qualify to challenge the Level 1 Certified Financial Planning exam.  The required CFP courses are:

  • FINC 2300
  • FINC 3350 or 3390
  • BUSN 3730
  • ACCT 3370
  • FINC 3300
  • FINC 4340 or 4360

Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 30 credits.
  • A minimum grade of "C" for each course which is a pre-requisite to further courses is required (indicated by **)
  • 70% (21 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College.  Up to a maximum of nine credits used towards a previously received credential can be used to meet program requirements, but additional courses will need to be taken to replace these credits.   Please contact the program coordinator for approval of substitutions.
  • A minimum average grade of C+ or 2.33 GPA in the program is required to graduate.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits
Required Courses:
ACCT 3008** Financial and Managerial Accounting for Managers (ACCT 1210 or ACCT 1235 or an approved substitute, are acceptable alternates) 3.00
FINC 2340** Corporate Finance 3.00
FINC 2300** Personal Finance I 3.00
FINC 3390** Security Analysis 3.00
ACCT 3370 Income Tax I 3,00 
BUSN 3730 Law for Finance and Accounting Professionals 3.00
FINC 3300 Personal Finance II 3.00
MARK 3500 Financial Services Marketing 3.00
Elective* Upper level (3000/4000) CBA course 3.00
Select one course from the following two options:
FINC 4340 OR Investment Management Techniques 3.00
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques 3.00
Total Credits   30.00

* FINC 4370 may be taken as a student's upper level elective.  This course qualifies students to write the Level 2 CFP exam.

Students taking the CFP Core Curriculum courses below qualify to challenge the Level 1 Certified Financial Planning exam. 


Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements
  • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada or an equivalent credential from an approved institution of a different country. Any applicant who earned their credential in a language other than English must meet the Douglas College English language proficiency requirement.


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Career Pathways

Financial Services is a growth sector that actively recruits college graduates to meet the demand for financial planning and investment professionals. The Financial Planning Diploma Program was developed in consultation with banking and investment industry employers. The skills provided have been deemed essential for anyone considering a career with them.     Graduates of the program work in financial planning at banks, credit unions, securities dealers, insurance companies and in-house for other large organizations.Completing the post-degree diploma qualifies you to challenge the Level 1 Certified Financial Planning exam.

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.