Industry associations & accreditations

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

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

Students and graduates in a Bachelor or Master program with a Finance Major (B.Com, B.Econ, M.Com) or in a post-graduate Financial Planning program may combine their undergraduate courses with post-graduate 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 students are not issued a certificate, they may claim that they meet the requirements of RG146 Tier 1 on their resume.

For the student to provide evidence of being RG146 compliant they will need to provide their employer with their Academic Record, from there the employer confirms that UNSW is an authorised training organisation on the online ASIC register, and review the transcript for the requisite completed courses. In which the employer can confirm the student is RG146 Tier 1 compliant.

Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)

FINSIA members have access to a number of 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 course work requirements. The FSA program fast-track its membership to the Associate level. Business graduates with three years of relevant work experience may apply directly for associate membership with FINSIA.


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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