In an industry first, AMP Horizons haspartnered with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) to make it easier for Horizons' graduates to become degree-qualified.
Eligible graduates of the Horizons Professional Year Program now have the unique opportunity to gain academic credit towards a Graduate Diploma or
Masters qualification in financial planning at UNSW's Australian School of Business (ASB).
AMP Horizons Director Tim Steele said AMP is delighted to offer financial planners who graduated from AMP Horizons a competitive advantage by providing them the option of undertaking further study.
"The partnership between AMP and UNSW highlights our mutual commitment to increasing standards of professionalism for financial planners.
"The initiative - which we've called University Pathways for Horizons Alumni - creates a timely and cost-effective way for Horizons alumni to study towards becoming a Certified Financial Planner® professional," Mr Steele said.
The Financial Planning Association will require new members to be degree-qualified by 1 July next year. Financial planners are already required to hold an approved Degree or Masters as a minimum for entry to the CFP certification program.
Professor Alec Cameron, Dean of UNSW's Australian School of Business, said that UNSW is one of only a few Australian Universities offering postgraduate level financial planning programs recognised by the FPA.
"ASB is delighted to be partnering with AMP Horizons to increase the professionalism of the financial planning sector and provide planners with life-long education. This is timely given recent regulatory changes and it is an excellent example of industry and universities working together to meet changing sectoral needs," Professor Cameron said.
AMP Horizons graduates may formally commence study in the aligned UNSW Degree and Masters programs from Semester 1, 2013 or they can begin study early by entering one or two Summer Term courses. Those interested should review special entry rules, which vary depending on the level of attainment of each graduate and on the different courses available.
"This is something graduates of Horizons have been interested in for some time. It's envisaged planners will complete their studies part-time while maintaining their full-time financial planning commitments," Mr Steele added.
The financial press has extensively covered the partnership and provide the following links given to us by Michele Sharp following the ASB-AMP launch last week:
Phone: +612 9257 2700 Mobile: 0422 988 797
University of New South Wales
Phone: +612 9385 5895 Mobile: 0408 256 381