We’ve introduced financial planning subjects to provide you with background knowledge with an Australian context, as you complete the CPA Program. Since the financial planning sector is highly regulated, if you want a career in this area, you’ll have to meet all the education and licensing requirements.

Important: From 1 January 2019, the Corporations Amendment (Professional Standards of Financial Advisers) Act 2017 requires new financial advisers to complete a bachelor or higher degree, or equivalent qualification, as approved by Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority. The new framework is still being established, however CPA Australia will continue to monitor its development. For further information, refer to professional standards.


These subjects assist candidates in developing a comprehensive understanding of the important roles of a financial adviser.

Financial Planning Fundamentals

Understand the legal and ethical obligations of a licensed financial adviser and offer financial advice that meets a client’s best interests.

Superannuation and Retirement Planning

Develop the skills and knowledge to utilise integrated strategies to assist clients to maximise their retirement income and protect their assets.

Investment Strategies

Gain a broad view of investment structures and their regulatory environments, and acquire the skills to deliver comprehensive investment advice that will meet a client’s goals and objectives.

Risk Advice and Insurance

Develop the knowledge and skills to analyse a client’s goals and objectives, identify their potential risks and explore the types of insurance to protect an individual’s assets, wealth, future income, family and small business.

Eligibility Requirements and prerequisites


Eligibility requirements

Candidates are encouraged to complete studies in Australian taxation prior to enrolling in Financial Planning Fundamentals. While Australian taxation is not a prerequisite, it is assumed candidates have this knowledge and those who do not may place themselves at a considerable disadvantage.

Candidates who have not completed prior Australian taxation studies are recommended to first complete Advanced Taxation in the CPA Program. Read the rules and regulations prior to enrolment.
Exam Comments


Superannuation and Retirement Planning requires candidates to have completed Financial Planning Fundamentals.


Normal CPA Program enrolment fees apply

Study support and examination

The exam will be open book and will comprise both multiple choice questions and written response. The exams for Financial Planning Fundamentals, Superannuation Retirement Planning, and Investment Strategies will be held on two fixed dates. Candidates must be available to attend an exam on the fixed dates and prepared to travel to a computer-based exam centre.

The following study materials will be provided:


A digital study guide, available from enrolment, with extra features like embedded video to enhance your learning.

Question and answers

Access to Knowledge Checks and the Ask an Expert forum in My Online Learning.


A printed study guide will be provided at the start of semester.

How to enrol

You can enrol online via My CPA Program.

Enrolments for Semester 1 2018 are open from the advertised date. 

Candidates are reminded that prior learning in Australian taxation is strongly recommended before enrolling.