Griffith University has welcomed accreditation by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) of the Business School’s three bridging courses and Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning, including historical and current program structures for existing advisers and career changers.

Professor David Grant, Pro Vice Chancellor (Business) said Griffith was delighted to be among the first higher education providers to have its programs accredited by FASEA.

“FASEA approval is an important mark of quality and rigour that is essential to instilling confidence in the Financial Planning industry in Australia,” he said.

“This accreditation reinforces Griffith Business School’s reputation as a leader in Financial planning research, industry engagement and education.”

Graduate Diplomas and Bridging Courses are requirements for existing advisers to meet the education standard across existing adviser pathways.

FASEA reviewed courses offered by 15 Higher Education Providers and Griffith was one of only eight schools to have its previous diploma program (2014 onwards) accredited.

Nine schools did not receive accreditation for historical program structures.

“Griffith is one of the most trusted and reliable educators within the industry, offering courses which meet the highest standards,” said Professor Grant.

“With more than 20 years of financial planning expertise and a longstanding reputation, Griffith has the largest dedicated financial planning team compared to other universities,” said Dr Kirsten MacDonald, Program Director, Master of Financial Planning at Griffith.

“We have built a comprehensive body of knowledge around the financial planning industry.”

“The release of the approved list of Bridging Courses and Graduate Diplomas gives advisers a clear pathway to meet the education standard by 1 January 2024,” FASEA Chief Executive Officer Stephen Glenfield said.

The full list of FASEA approved degrees, Bridging Courses and Graduate Diplomas is available on the FASEA website.