Financial Planning (Post-Degree Diploma)

Faculty
Commerce & Business Administration
Department
Credits
30.00
Length of Program
One year
Credential Type
Post-Degree Diploma
Campus
New Westminster
Learning Format
Full-time
Part-time
Admission Type
Open Enrolment - Additional Admission Requirements
Offered
Fall
Summer
Winter

Overview

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 minimum 30 credits.
  • 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. Any credit course from the same level or higher may be used to replace a course that has already been taken.  Contact the Financial Services Coordinator if advice on substitutions is required.
  • 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 1235*
Principles of Introductory Financial Accounting I and II (see note (1) below) 3.00
CSIS 1190 Excel for Business 3.00
Personal Finance I (CFP) 3.00

Select one of the following two options: (see note (2) below)

FINC 2340* Corporate Finance 3.00

FINC 2345*

Introduction to Corporate Finance 3.00
Required Courses
FINC 3390* Security Analysis (CFP) 3.00
ACCT 3370 Income Tax I (CFP) 3.00
FINC 3300 Personal Finance II (CFP) 3.00
Select three courses from the following options:
BLAW 3730 Corp. and Financial Plan. Law 3.00
ACCT 3470 Income Tax II 3.00
MARK 3500 Financial Services Marketing 3.00
FINC 4370 Financial Planning Capstone (CFP) 3.00
FINC 4360 Portfolio Management Techniques 3.00
Total Credits 30.00

Notes

  1. Students who take ACCT 1110 and ACCT 1210 instead of ACCT 1235 will have to complete an extra course for the credential.
  2. ECON 2298 may substitute for FINC 2340 or FINC 2345 if already taken.

*A minimum grade of "C" is required for this course because it is a pre-requisite to further courses.

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

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.

Cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

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.