Overview - 2019/2020
Fanshawe's certified financial planner certification co-op program is designed to give you the skills necessary to connect with your future clients and colleagues in the largest financial industry in Canada. In this business finance diploma co-op, you will develop the skills needed to 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.
Co-operative Education is a process which combines your studies with paid, related work experience. Fanshawe will be there to help you find the right business fit for your dream. You'll have access to consultants who will deliver classes, counsel and advise you as you move from the classroom, to the real business world.
After completing this certified financial planner program co-op program, you will be eligible 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.
Admission Requirements - 2019/2020
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 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 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 (Co-op) 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.
- 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:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Business - Finance (Co-op)-2019/2020
Level 1 ACCT-1100 Principles of Accounting 1 3 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-1032 Reason & Writing Business 1 3 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-1012 Principles of Marketing 1 3 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-1052 Business Math 3 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-1060 Strategies for Success 1 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-1005 Introduction to Business Processes 3 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. COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep 1 This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term. Level 2
FINA-1025 Individual Taxation 3 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-1057 Mathematics of Finance Accounting 4 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-1040 Consumer Credit 3 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-1053 Mutual Funds in Canada 4 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-1024 Financial Planning 4 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.
ECON-1019 Contemporary Issues in Economics 3 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-1005 Economics 2 3 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 INNV-1001 Innovation Applications 3 This course will explore Innovation through projects and group work that are assigned and developed in collaboration with your instructor. With the help of case studies, research reports, and creative thinking methods students will leverage their personal experiences and develop their capacity to innovate in multiple fields. FINA-3032 Investment in Canada 4 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-3014 Life & Health Insurance Planning 4 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-3020 Professional Communication 3 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-1013 Retirement Planning 3 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. Level 4 LAWS-3018 Ethics & Law 3 An examination of the principles of Canadian business law with a focus on commercial purchasing issues including contract, personal and commercial liability and fiduciary obligations. FINA-1012 Risk Management & Estate Planning 3 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-3041 Portfolio Management 4 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-3036 Comprehensive Financial Plan 3 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 the Financial Planning Standards Council as well as the CFP Code of Ethics and CFP Professional Competency Profile will be covered. MGMT-3059 Strategic Client Engagement 4 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-3030 Tax Planning 3 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.
Careers - 2019/2020
Career OpportunitiesGraduates of the Business - Finance (Co-op) 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 - 2019/2020A Co-operative Education Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma ProgramProgram Code: BFN5
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: 519-452-4290
Business - Finance (Co-op) 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 all the educational requirements leading to the CFP® (Certified Financial Planner®) designation awarded by the Financial Planning Standards Council www.fpsc.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 will also have completed the Mutual Funds Licensing course.
- The Business - Finance (Co-op) 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.
- Students entering Level 1 of Business - Finance (Co-op) 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 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 (Co-op) has higher than normal associated costs for materials, external registrations and external exams.
In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.
This is a two-year co-operative education program. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma. More information about co-operative education can be found at www.fanshawec.ca/co-op
Applicants seeking a non Co-op Endorsed Diploma should apply to the Business - Finance program, Program Code BFN4.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.