Industry Associations & Accreditations

UNSW School of Business and Finance has industry associations and accreditations with three leading institutes, including ASIC, FINSIA and CFA. These important connections are vital in helping our graduates find employment and achieve Certified Financial Planner (CFP) status. 

Australian Securities & Investments Commission 

Accreditation of FINS courses with Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) (RG 146) and the Financial Planning Association will assist graduates to find employment and begin the path towards achieving CFP status. 

Students and graduates studying a bachelor or master degree with a Finance Major (B.Com, B.Econ, M.Com) or in a postgraduate Financial Planning program, may combine their undergraduate courses with postgraduate courses to complete their RG146 Tier 1 Generic and Specialist education.  

The list below is prepared on the basis all four courses studied and competently completed at UNSW in order to claim compliance: 

Upon successfully completing the four courses, you are not issued a certificate. However, you may claim that if you meet the requirements of RG146 Tier 1 on your resume. 

To provide evidence of being RG146 compliant, you will need to provide your employer with your Academic Record. Your employer will confirm that UNSW is an authorised training organisation on the online ASIC register and review the transcript for the requisite completed courses. Your employer can then confirm you are RG146 Tier 1 compliant. 

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Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) 

FINSIA members have access to several career support services and publications specifically related to professionals in the financial services industry. Finance graduates may apply for recognition of prior learning under the Financial Services Associate (FSA) Program to reduce coursework requirements. The FSA program fast-tracks its membership to the Associate level. Business graduates with three years of relevant work experience may apply directly for associate membership with FINSIA. 

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The Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), Master of Commerce (Finance) and Master of Finance have been accepted into the CFA Institute University Recognition Program. This status is granted to institutions whose degree program(s) incorporate at least 70% of the CFA Program Candidate Body of Knowledge (CBOK). Therefore, there are no specific courses which provide students with a solid grounding in the CBOK and student enrolled in these programs are eligible to apply for CFA examinations for CFA professional recognition. 

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