Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning

Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning

The qualification equips students with the knowledge and skills required by expert practitioners in the financial planning sector and prepares them for further studies. The Milpark Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning addresses the academic qualification requirements for the designation of FINANCIAL SERVICE ADVISOR™ (FSA™) professional awarded by the FINANCIAL PLANNING INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA.

About

Clients are intimidated by the complexities they face when they consider their personal finances - from the wide range of financial products available to the numerous pieces of legislation and the ever-changing nature of their individual circumstances. Clients need expert financial planning practitioners to guide them in setting their personal financial planning priorities and to make the difficult decisions. The Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills required for this task.  


On completion of this qualification, students will be eligible to apply to the FPI to write its professional competency exam for the FSA™ professional designation.

OUTCOMES

On successful completion of this qualification, students will be able to:  

  • operate effectively as expert financial practitioners within the South African legislative and economic landscape  
  • apply knowledge of legislation, taxation, economics and accepted financial planning principles to solve the financial dilemmas of an individual  
  • apply knowledge of legislation, taxation and business principles to advise a business on insurance and investment options. 

 

CAREERS

On completion of this qualification, graduates work as:

  • Self-employed financial advisers or brokers
  • Tied agents
  • Para-planners
  • Employed personnel rendering intermediary services in various types of roles

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

This qualification consists of 5 compulsory modules and an elective module

Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • The Milpark Education Higher Certificate in Financial Planning (at NQF Level 5); or 
  • National Certificate in Wealth Management (NQF Level 5); or 
  • An appropriate, accredited NQF Level 5 qualification; or 
  • An appropriate, accredited Bachelor’s degree (at NQF Level 6/7). 

 

IT REQUIREMENTS

Milpark provides students with materials, resources, formative assessments (including online tests and quizzes), discussion opportunities and a number of administrative services as part of the myMilpark and myCourses online tuition and support environments. Course materials contain links to additional external resources in the form of links to downloadable documents, websites and videos. 

Having access to the above online facilities is essential for efficient communication, learning and success. You will need continuous (daily) access to study, using the resources mentioned above, and to submit and receive your assignments. 

Minimum system requirements:

  • Reliable broadband Internet access
  • Firefox/Internet explorer/Chrome web browser
  • Microsoft Word
  • PDF Viewer
  • Ability to scan and upload documents
  • Email/Cellphone for notification and communication

 

 

Key Information

WORKLOAD RECOMMENDATION

Students may register for a maximum of 3 modules per semester, but should carefully consider the time commitment required in order to complete the qualification within the minimum time frame.

 

COURSE-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

The qualification consists of six modules, one of which is an elective. Please note that an elective may not be chosen with your first registration. The Practical Application Case Study module may only be attempted once the student has enrolled for or passed all other modules. Students are recommended to register for the modules in the following order:  

  1. Legal Aspects of Financial Planning
  2. Corporate Financial Planning for Financial Planners
  3. Business Management for Financial Planners OR Trust Law
  4. Taxation for Financial Planners
  5. Personal Financial Planning for Financial Planners
  6. Practical Application (Case Study) for Financial Planners

 

The motivation for this suggested registration order is based on the fact that Legal Aspects of Financial Planning firstly affords a good overview of the legislation behind the principles contained in the remaining modules. Secondly, the content of the modules “Personal Financial Planning for Financial Planners” and “Taxation for Financial Planners” overlap to a large extent with “Practical Application (Case Study) for Financial Planners” and this order will allow the student to make maximum use of the knowledge recently acquired when writing the Case Study examination. The study material provided for the Practical Application (Case Study) for Financial Planners module serves as a referencing guide only. 

 

ASSESSMENT

Formative assessment contributes 30% to the final mark and consists of a combination of assignments and tests. The exact formative structure per module will be communicated to you at the start of the semester. 

Students will write a final, summative assessment per module at the end of each semester, which contributes 70% towards the final mark. Students need to obtain a sub‐minimum mark of 40% in the final, summative assessment and an overall mark of 50% in order to pass the module. 

All modules will be in the form of a closed book examination, except for Practical Application (Case Study) for Financial Planners, which will be an open book exam. 

How to apply

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email as well as login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark, our online student environment.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.
Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.

Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Students need to complete the admission process and receive academic acceptance onto the programme before registering for modules (subjects or courses).

Admission:

*International students: please refer to the admission requirements for international students by clicking here .

Before applying, be sure that you:

  1. meet the minimum entry requirements as per the course programme brochure.
  2. adhere to the admission closing dates as per the course programme timetable.
  3. have all required documentation available as set out in the course programme brochure.
OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your admission application on your behalf.

Upon successful admission, you will receive an acceptance letter via email.


Exemptions:

If you have completed a qualification at another accredited institution, you may be eligible for subject exemptions.

To apply for an Exemption:

  1. submit the relevant application if any of the modules you have completed previously (no more than 10 years ago) are similar to the modules on the qualification you are applying for.
  2. submit your original exemption application form together with originally certificated documents via post or hand delivery to Milpark.

Note: If you have previously completed a qualification at Milpark Education, you may also be eligible for subject exemptions, however these will be automatically granted on admission. No application is required.


Registration:

On successful admission, you can proceed with the registration of your semester modules.
*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment - proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

Registration:

*International students: please refer to the registration requirements for international students by clicking here .

To register, ensure that you:

  1. have received your login details to access myMilparkmyMilpark.
  2. adhere to the registration closing dates as per the relevant course programme timetable.

(You will be required to upload your proof of payment proof of deposit/EFT, bursary letter or credit card.)

OR

Contact our student service centre at 086 999 0001 where a consultant will gladly assist you by completing your registration application on your behalf.

Upon successful registration, a confirmation of registration letter will be sent together with your study material (where applicable).
All admission and registration information can be also viewed online on myMilpark .myMilpark .

All international students need to apply via the manual admission route and submit original certified documentation.

If the entry requirements for your chosen Milpark qualification is a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC), you need to obtain an exemption certificate from the Higher Education South Africa (HESA). Visit www.hesa.org.za for further information.

If the entry requirement for your chosen Milpark qualification is a prior undergraduate qualification, you need to obtain an equivalent certificate for foreign qualifications completed. Visit www.saqa.co.za for further information.

  1. Students enrolling via distance learning:
    • do not need to comply with any visa or residency requirements.
    • will conclude admission and registration processes at a distance.
    • will receive study materials via courier in their country of residence.
    • will receive support via distance methods.

    Note: Students are liable for additional costs in respect of courier and examinations.
    Please contact the student service centre 086 999 0001 for further information.

  2. Distance learning students who want to visit South Africa to attend a single short workshop or write an examination at a local venue, have to do so based on the normal visa/visiting requirements as stipulated by the Department of International Affairs (or Home Affairs).

    Note: Such a visit does not imply permission to remain in South Africa indefinitely based on registration at Milpark Education.

  3. Distance learning students are not allowed to provide a South African residential or postal address. Such registrations will not be concluded as the normal visa/study permit requirements have to be complied with as for contact/residential students below.

Contact learning

International students who do not have permanent residence in South Africa or who are not South African citizens need to follow the steps below:

Step 1

Consult their embassy/ Department of International Relations/ South African Embassy for specific prerequisites with regards to the legal requirements for registration with a South African academic institution.

Step 2

Obtain:

  • An official provisional admission letter from Milpark.
  • Proof of medical cover. The relevant South African law states:

"In terms of the Immigration Act No. 13 of 2002 as Amended and its Regulations, any prospective student to the Republic of South Africa, must provide proof of medical cover with a medical scheme registered in terms of the Medical Schemes Act, 1998 Act 131 of 1998."

  • Proof of sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, maintenance and incidental costs.
  • Proof of a cash deposit or bank guarantee equivalent to airfare or transportation costs to the student’s country of origin for repatriation purposes or forfeiture to the state should permit conditions not be complied with.
  • A medical certificate — a clean bill of health is required.

Step 3

Apply for a study permit by submitting Form 1 to the local Department of International Relations/South African Embassy.
The student will need to provide the embassy with an undertaking that they will leave South Africa on completion of her/his studies.

NB: Students should await the outcome of their application prior to making travel arrangements to South Africa.

Step 4

If a student is able to obtain a study permit on time, then they may continue with their application for full admission and registration for their selected modules.

NB: A certified copy of the International student’s passport together with a certified copy of a valid study permit must/will be kept in the student’s record file at Milpark Education. If a student is unable to obtain a study permit on time, then they must postpone their programme until the date on which they are in possession of a study permit.

 

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