• Become a certified financial planner - 2020/2021

    This certified financial planner program is designed to give you the skills necessary to connect with your future clients and colleagues in the largest financial industry in Canada. Through our certified financial planner courses, you can work in the personal financial services sector, from customer service to wealth management and financial planning.

    In this program you will learn to work with clients, evaluate their needs and offer advice on personal financial management, tax and retirement planning, insurance, investments, and estate planning, as well as customer relations and providing products to clients. Available in a traditional in class format, with September and January admissions or 100% online. 

    What to expect in our certified financial planner program

    If you are thinking about completing your diploma online you can assess your readiness with www.amiready.ca, Fanshawe's Online Readiness Indicator, a measure of the degree to which distance learning and/or learning in a technology rich environment is the right fit for you. We also have a handy checklist to guide you along the way to becoming an online learner.

    There are options to transfer to complete a degree program at many other post-secondary institutions or complement your diploma with a graduate certificate offered at Fanshawe College.

    Qualified graduates will have completed all of the educational requirements leading to the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner®) designation awarded by the Financial Planning Standards Council. Students are also prepared to write the Canadian Securities Course® and Life Licensing Qualification Program examinations as prerequisites to securities and life insurance licensing. Students will also have completed the Mutual Funds Licensing course.

    A co-op version of this program is also available

    A part-time, online version of this program is available


  • Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
    - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    - Mathematics* ONE OF:
           - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
           - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
              (Note: a minimum final grade of 60 required for any Grade 11 Mathematics course)
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
    - Mathematics* ONE OF:
           - Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
           - Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)
              (Note: a minimum final grade of 60 required for any Grade 11 Mathematics course)
    Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above


    • *Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may still gain eligibility for admission by completing the appropriate prior upgrading.

    English Language Requirements

    Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

    • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
    • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
    • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
    • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
    • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

    Recommended Academic Preparation

    • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Business Studies (C), (M), or (O)
    • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
    • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE): Business Mathematics course and Computer Skills course
    • Applicants who do not meet the stated admission requirements for the Business - Finance program should apply to the one-year Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program, Program Code BFS2.  The Business Fundamentals program is recommended for students who require or desire academic upgrading, particularly in Mathematics and English, before pursuing a business diploma program.  Students who successfully complete the Business Fundamentals program may be eligible for admission to Level 2 of any two-year business diploma program at Fanshawe College.

    Advanced Standing

    • Applicants may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previous academic achievement at another institution and/or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Advanced standing qualifies the applicant for direct entry to a second or higher level of the program. 

    Applicant Selection Criteria

    Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

    1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
    2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
    3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Courses

    Business - Finance-2020/2021

    Level 1
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ACCT-1100Principles of Accounting 13
    This course introduces the student to the Principles of Accounting, and includes an exploration of the underlying concepts that guide the preparation of accounts for individuals and organizations. It is designed to teach the student, regardless of program destination, an essential life skill - an understanding of Net Worth, and its importance to business success and the financial well being of the individual.
    WRIT-1032Reason & Writing Business 13
    This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
    MKTG-1012Principles of Marketing 13
    This course is designed to provide an overview of the decisions that face Marketers in today's fast-paced and competitive business environment. Students will learn that marketing is not only advertising but a broad set of activities designed to satisfy consumer needs and wants. Students examine the information Marketers require for effective decision-making and learn the basic elements of the marketing planning process.
    MATH-1052Business Math3
    This course provides a review of basic arithmetic and algebra as well as providing students with mathematical tools and concepts needed for other college courses and in future employment. This course is to prepare students for later courses in Marketing, Business, Financial Planning, Accounting, Purchasing and Insurance.
    BUSI-1060Strategies for Success1
    This course presents and helps to develop some of the skills required to achieve academic and career success. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, time management, academic integrity, emotional self-awareness and social skills development. Additionally, emphasis is placed on career readiness and preparation.
    BUSI-1005Introduction to Business Processes3
    This course explores the various functional areas of business in Canada and demonstrates the interrelationship among these areas. Students are introduced to many concepts, including major business trends, the role of government in business, marketing, operations, employee-management issues, financial resources management, business ethics and social responsibility.

    Level 2
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    FINA-1025Individual Taxation3
    This course provides students with an understanding of the objectives and principles of income taxation in Canada. The topics covered include the role of government in income tax administration, tax filing rules, employment, business, interest, dividends, rental income, capital gains, other income, deductions, tax credits and the calculation of taxes payable for individuals resident in Canada. Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to comprehend the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide and utilize the information to prepare personal income tax returns.
    MATH-1057Mathematics of Finance Accounting4
    This course explains the time value of money calculations used in Mathematics of Finance. It covers topics such as simple interest, compound interest, annuities-simple and general, bonds, cost-benefit analysis, risk and return calculations and basic statistics.
    FINA-1040Consumer Credit3
    This course provides students with an in-depth knowledge of consumer and mortgage lending from a lender's perspective. Topics include: the types of credit available to match consumers' needs, the application and assessment process, investigation, documentation and collection methods.
    FINA-1053Mutual Funds in Canada4
    This is an exciting preparatory course for those seeking to write the mutual funds licensing exam. This course is for students in the related programs but is offered at an introductory level with no prior knowledge required. Knowledge gained will be beneficial in both your personal and professional lives. Successful completion of the external industry exam is, for many employers, a mandatory first step in an investment industry career. Successful candidates will be eligible to provide mutual funds advice and product in Canada. The content very broadly covers the mutual fund investment industry in areas such as regulation, mutual fund mechanics, management styles, advisor requirements, private and public retirement plans and taxation of mutual funds. Students will register through www.IFSE.ca for access to course materials and industry exams.
    FINA-1062Financial Planning4
    This course is an introduction to the components of personal financial planning, including personal financial statements, taxation, credit, risk management, investment, retirement, and estate, and an introduction to the financial planning process. Upon completion, students will demonstrate knowledge of terminology and features of financial products and strategies. They will be able to create and follow up relevant financial goals that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-sensitive. They will be able to apply financial tools including present value/future value calculations, and personal financial statement analysis to identify constraints and opportunities specific to individual situations. Students will combine these processes to complete a financial plan.

    Group 2
    Take ECON-1019 or ECON-1005
    ECON-1019Contemporary Issues in Economics3
    This is a survey course which introduces students to the structure and function of our economic system. The course will give students a basic understanding of the principles of both micro and macroeconomic activity through modeling and analysis. Students will examine the role that households (consumers), industry (producers) and governments play in a modern economic system and how the decisions by these different levels affect all of our lives. The course is structured to provide insight through lectures, discussions and current events.
    ECON-1005Economics 23
    This is an introductory macroeconomics course. Students will study measures of macroeconomic activity, growth in the economy and the government's role in stabilizing the economy.

    Level 3
    Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

    Group 1
    FINA-3032Investment in Canada4
    Any Canadian resident who wishes to be licensed to sell securities or advise clients on securities must complete the Canadian Securities Course. FINA3032 has the same content as Volume I of the Canadian Securities Course. Topics include the Canadian investment marketplace, the economy, fixed income securities, equity securities, derivatives, financing and listing securities and corporations and their financial statements.
    INSR-3014Life & Health Insurance Planning4
    This course is an introduction to the Canadian insurance industry and is a preparatory course for Provincial licensing requirements, for those who wish to sell Life insurance and other life insurance products in Canada. Topics discussed in this course include various insurance products, such as individual and group life as well as accident and sickness products. Also covered are topics such as underwriting and claims processes, the risk management process, including needs analysis, and legal and professional standards.
    COMM-3020Professional Communication3
    This course develops students' literacy and professional communication skills. Students focus on current business issues and convey relevant meaning in oral and written format. The main themes of the course include writing reports and other relevant business documents (e.g. letters, short reports); communicating in groups and meetings; awareness of intercultural communication and diverse audiences; the job search (including resumes and cover letters); business; business rhetoric in speaking and writing; summarizing and evaluating current business-related readings; delivering presentations; researching and documenting reports using APA format; and self-editing skills.
    FINA-1013Retirement Planning3
    This course provides a detailed look at the many sources of retirement income available to Canadians and how individuals can plan for their retirement, considering income needs, alternative savings/retirement income vehicles and taxation issues. The course discusses how the financial planner can provide assistance to clients in retirement planning.

    Group 2
    Students will be enrolled in one of the following courses:
    BUSI-1068 or INNV-1001
    BUSI-1068Effective Meetings & Presentations3
    This course covers the concepts, skills, and techniques for running effective business meetings and makingeffective presentations. Course material covered is applicable to all business sectors and audiences of all types and sizes. Emphasis is placed on learning appropriate strategies and multi-media techniques and applying them toindividual and group work assignments with business and non-business topics. Students learn to effectively incorporate computer applications like PowerPoint and digital media tools into business meetings and presentations. Students develop life-long strategies for dealing with presentation anxiety and stress.
    INNV-1001Innovation Applications3
    Organizations and individuals need to be innovative to succeed in the complex and rapidly-changing global marketplace. In this course you will learn the fundamentals of innovation and how innovation applies to your discipline or field.Using this foundational knowledge, you will apply the novel and adaptive thinking processes and tools presented in the course to complete an innovative learning project in collaboration with other students.The project will be based on a real-world scenario with a defined scope as chosen by your professor. The project may involve external live clients and a multi-disciplinary approach.Throughout the course, novel and adaptive thinking skills as well as collaboration skills will be evaluated through self assessment.This course is designed to give students in certificate and diploma programs a foundation in innovative thinking.

    Level 4
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    LAWS-3063Ethics Compliance & Law3
    This course is an overview of Canadian Business Law with an emphasis on the areas of law most pertinent to employees, managers and agents working in the financial services industry. Course content includes the constitution and court system, alternative dispute resolution, torts, professional liability, contracts, property, family law (marriage vs. common-law, domestic contracts, separation and divorce), human rights, employment law, business formations, security interests and credit, consumer protection, bankruptcy, consumer proposals and debt management plans. Students will become familiar with the industry code of ethics to identify appropriate conduct standards when faced with a wide variety of client circumstances.
    FINA-1012Risk Management & Estate Planning3
    This course reviews and discusses the importance of tools such as life insurance, wills, powers of attorney and trusts in estate planning, as well as the preservation and the inter-generational transfer of personal and business assets. This course will show the role risk and estate planning plays in a proper financial plan. You will learn strategies that can be used to transfer assets to beneficiaries in the most efficient manner.
    FINA-3041Portfolio Management4
    Any Canadian resident who wishes to be licensed to sell securities or advise clients on securities must complete the Canadian Securities Course. FINA 3041 has the same content as Volume II of the Canadian Securities Course and covers investment analysis, security valuation, portfolio development, mutual funds, segregated funds, hedge funds, other managed products, taxation and financial planning.
    FINA-3036Comprehensive Financial Plan3
    This course will examine financial planning on a more inclusive and comprehensive scale. Comprehensive financial planning involved the process of collecting client information and analyzing that information for the purpose of making recommendations to the client. The 6 areas under examination are 1) Financial Management, 2) Risk Management, 3) Retirement Planning, 4) Tax Planning, 5) Estate Planning, and 6) Asset Management. The intent of this course is not to introduce new topics but rather to tie the analysis together from other courses in the program in order to develop a single financial plan for the client. The six-step financial planning process established by FP Canada as well as the CFP Code of Ethics and CFP Professional Competency Profile will be covered.
    MGMT-3059Strategic Client Engagement4
    This course introduces students to the principles and application of the sales process. Included in this course are the following topics: prospecting, approach, presentation, close techniques, objection handling, and relationship management. Students are required to execute an effective individual sales presentations, conduct interviews, and complete written proposals and reports.
    FINA-3030Tax Planning3
    This course continues to look at the Canadian income tax system as it pertains to individuals. It explores advanced concepts related to personal tax affairs and tax planning strategies.

    Gen Ed - Electives
    Take 3 General Education Credits -
    Normally taken in Level 3

    Program Residency
    Students Must Complete a Minimum of 20 credits in this
    program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
    requirement and graduate from this program

  • Careers - 2020/2021

    Career Opportunities

    Graduates of the Business - Finance program are prepared to enter the financial services sector in many fields, including banking, credit management, wealth management, life insurance, investments and financial planning. Graduates are suited to a variety of entry-level positions or may advance into the following: sales representative, customer service representative, insurance advisor, investment advisor, financial planner or retirement planners.
  • More Information - 2020/2021

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Offered as a Weekday Program and as an Online Program
    Program Code: BFN4
    Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
    September/January Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates 

    Program Code: BFN4
    Campus Code: LCL (LCL- London-Online)
    September Admission
    15 week terms

    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


    Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: 519-452-4290

    Program Description

    Business - Finance is a two-year Ontario College Diploma program. This program is designed to develop the skills needed to work in the growing personal financial services sector, from customer service to wealth management and financial planning. Students will learn to work with clients, evaluating their needs and offer advice on personal financial management, tax and retirement planning, insurance, investments, and estate planning, as well as customer relations and providing product to clients. Qualified graduates will have completed the educational requirements leading to the CFP� (Certified Financial Planner�) designation awarded by the FPCanada www.fpcanada.ca and the Registered Retirement Consultant� RRC� designation awarded by CIFP.

    Students are also prepared to write the Canadian Securities Course� and Life Licensing Qualification Program examinations as prerequisites to securities and life insurance licensing. Students should also have completed the Mutual Funds Licensing course.

    Industry requirements subject to change.

    Other Information

    • The Business - Finance program shares a common first level with all business diploma programs in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business which allows for program transfer, with no loss of credit, after Level 1.
    • Applicants applying to the Online version of the program should select Campus Code LCL (LCL - London-Online).
    • Applicants applying to the Online version of the program should ensure they have appropriate technological capacity to complete the program, including access to a computer, required software and internet access for each course in the program.
    • Students entering Level 1 Business - Finance in January are expected to proceed to Level 2 of the program in the summer term. 
    • All exams for Mutual Funds, Canadian Securities Course and Life Licensing are scheduled for students before graduation.   These are external to the Fanshawe College exams.
    • Graduates may be eligible for admission to the following Graduate Certificate programs in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: Agri-Business Management, Human Resources Management, International Business Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Professional Financial Services, or Project Management. Graduate Certificate programs deliver a specialized professional curriculum in two four-month levels.
    • Successful graduates may be eligible for admission to Economics or Financial Economics Degree with two years credit, Finance Degree at King's University College - Western University.  
    • Business - Finance has higher than normal associated costs for materials, external registrations and external exams.


    Co-operative Education

    Applicants seeking a Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the Business - Finance (Co-op) program, Program Code BFN5.
    Learning Outcomes 

    The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

    1. process and maintain financial records in compliance with relevant policies, procedures and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.

    2. prepare and present financial information in compliance with relevant legislation and regulations for individuals and/or organizations.

    3. generate financial reports for individuals and/or organizations by applying financial mathematics and statistics.

    4. contribute to the development and the implementation of a financial plan to meet individuals' and/or organizations' needs and objectives.

    5. contribute to the development and the implementation of marketing strategies to promote financial products and services and to enhance customer service.

    6. develop and implement strategies to establish and maintain professional networking and business relationships in the finance sector.

    7. analyze, within a Canadian context, the impact of economic variables, legislation, ethics, technology and the environment on individuals' and/or organizations' operations.

    8. develop and implement ongoing strategies for personal and professional development, highlighting ethics, values and standards in the finance sector.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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