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Graduate Certificate in Finance

More than ever, businesses need strong financial foundations to grow, to defend market positions, and to survive. Build on your current financial skillset or gain the financial skills to expand your horizons, the Graduate Certificate in Finance from VU...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Senior Payroll Officer +5
Victoria University Online -  Course

Certificate IV in Business Finance BSB40120

Take the next step in your career and master office administration, financial reporting and payroll management with our certificate in business administration, specialising in finance. Gain the skills needed to organise and coordinate office environmen...

Study Method Online, Virtual
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Executive Personal Assistant +4
Swinburne Open Education -  Course

Graduate Certificate in Economics for Business

Enhance your ability to think strategically with VU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Economics for Business. Study four specialised units and be able to leverage economic theory in order to identify business opportunities and drive sustainable growth....

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Consulting +4
Victoria University Online -  Course

Master of Financial Technology

The online Master of Financial Technology at UNSW. Finance Technology (FinTech) professionals are some of the most in-demand globally, and the skills shortage is particularly challenging in Australia. Employer demand for the right mix of technology and...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Risk Manager +1
University of New South Wales (Online) -  Course

Master of Applied Finance

Unlock your value with the online Master of Applied Finance at UNSW. Financial systems are central to everything, with the Australian financial market growing 13.2% to $10.9 trillion during 2021* alone. Strong financial skills are an invaluable mechani...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Risk Manager
University of New South Wales (Online) -  Course

Diploma of Payroll Services FNS50417

The Diploma of Payroll Services (FNS50417) is a brand new diploma-level qual under the government’s Financial Services Training Package. It’s the ultimate qualification for current (and future) payroll professionals who are serious about their careers....

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Human Resources (HR) officer +7
Monarch Institute -  Course

Graduate Diploma in Financial Technology

Upskill with a Graduate Diploma in Financial Technology at UNSW Online. The program is designed for those who see the growing number of, and diversity of, employment opportunities where financial technology capabilities are required and where premium s...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Financial Analyst +6
University of New South Wales (Online) -  Course

Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology

Upskill with an online Graduate Certificate in Financial Technology at UNSW. The program is designed for those who see the growing number of, and diversity of, employment opportunities where financial technology capabilities are required and where prem...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Financial Analyst +6
University of New South Wales (Online) -  Course

Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance

Unlock your value with the online Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance at UNSW. Financial systems are central to everything, with the Australian financial market growing 13.2% to $10.9 trillion during 2021* alone. Strong financial skills are an invaluab...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Chief Financial Officer (CFO... +5
University of New South Wales (Online) -  Course

Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance

Unlock your value with the online Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance at UNSW. Financial systems are central to everything, with the Australian financial market growing 13.2% to $10.9 trillion during 2021* alone. Strong financial skills are an inva...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Chief Financial Officer (CFO... +5
University of New South Wales (Online) -  Course

Advanced Diploma of Paraplanning FNS60920

Monarch’s Advanced Diploma of Paraplanning gives you practical skills you can put to use straight away. Whether you are starting out in the financial services industry or looking to formalise your existing finance skills, this online course focuses on...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Associate financial planner/... +9
Monarch Institute -  Course

Bachelor of Business with a Major in Finance

Our Bachelor of Business with a Major in Finance will help you to master the core skills and knowledge of business, management and operations. With this qualification, you will understand how to analyse and assess financial forecasts as well as the val...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Financial Analyst +1
Swinburne Online -  Course

Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting and Finance

Our Bachelor of Business with a Major in Accounting and Finance will help students master the core skills and knowledge in the fields of business, management and operations in order to succeed in roles in modern organisations. A major in Accounting and...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Accounts Officer +4
Swinburne Online -  Course

Diploma of Quality Auditing BSB50920

CAL’s Diploma of Quality Auditing is perfect for professionals who want to get qualified and be able to lead and manage successful quality audits. Our course has been designed to provide you with all the skills and tools necessary to manage, implement...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Internal Auditor +2
The College for Adult Learning -  Course

Diploma of Quality Auditing & Business (Compliance) BSB50920, BSB50120

CAL’s Double Diploma of Quality Auditing and Business (Compliance) is perfect for professionals who want to get qualified and be able to ensure their business’ products or services go beyond basic compliance to reach the highest levels of quality. Our...

Study Method Online
Location Anywhere
Job Outcomes Internal Auditor +2
The College for Adult Learning -  Course
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With a huge range of short courses from Australia's leading online providers, you will be sure to find a course that's perfect for you.

What is Finance?

The finance industry includes just about everything involved with money, from investing, borrowing and managing money right through to creating appropriate financial policies. The three main categories of finance can be described as personal finance, corporate finance and public finance.

Financial entities in the private sector include banks, credit unions, superannuation providers, insurance companies and securities firms, while on the public side, the Reserve Bank of Australia plays a huge role in shaping monetary policy. The licensing, inspecting and regulating of Australia’s financial sector is the responsibility of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

The following are just a few of the many jobs available in finance;

  • Equity researcher
  • Investment banker
  • Portfolio manager
  • Accountant
  • Finance manager
  • Stockbroker

Finance in Australia

Australia’s finance sector employs over 450,000 people and last year contributed roughly $140 billion towards the national economy. Australia’s four main banks are amongst the most profitable in the world and some of the largest regarding market capitalisation, while all four consistently rank in the top 25 safest banks globally.

Australia has the largest pool of investment funds in the Asia-Pacific, and the fourth-largest in the world and our annual rate of economic growth is consistently higher than the average for G7 countries (Germany, Japan, US, Italy, France, Canada and the UK).

While jobs in finance are found all over Australia, the financial sector tends to be seen around the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne. The average work week is 40 hours long, 83% of employees work full-time, and the average salary is $65,000 per year.

Finance Courses

Whether you’re dreaming of a career as an investment banker or simply want to get better at dealing with your own finances, the right training is essential, so browse our range of selected finance courses, where you’ll find everything from in-class to financial courses online.

You can pick up a wealth of practical skills in personal financial management by taking one of the many short courses available, which include everything from share trading and accounting courses to superannuation management programs.

Certificate

Certificate level programs provide the ideal pathway for those looking to move into entry-level roles, and these nationally recognised training programs can also be an excellent stepping stone into higher level educational opportunities. A Certificate IV in Financial Services, or a Certificate IV in Finance and Morgage Broking are popular at this qualification level and provide a detailed array of information to students to ensure they have all the knowledge they need to develop successful careers and even enter into higher qualifications. Certificates in finance often cover areas such as legislation, regulatory bodies, loan processes, calculation of fees and grants, as well as how to provide advice. Certificates can vary in length, with most Certificate IV courses taking between 6-12 months to complete.

Diploma

Diploma level courses provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals of finance while allowing you to focus on an area of speciality. This makes them a savvy choice for those new to the industry as well as for professionals looking to change roles or expand their skill set. A Diploma of Finance and Morgage Broking, for instance, takes around a year to complete. If you want to get an in- depth range of knowledge that will serve you in this industry, it’s a worthwhile investment. There’s more to this career path than just working with finances, and a Diploma will help you develop the skills in establishing a rapport with clients and providing advice properly, as well as how to prioritise and generate flexible options for different people’s situations.

Bachelor Degree

If you have your heart set on working in financial management or securing a high paid job for a major bank or investment firm, a bachelor degree will be required. Here you’ll learn all there is to know about financial markets, investment strategies and their relevant regulations, as well as the latest trends, software and legislation impacting the industry. The high- level skills needed to success in this industry are all covered extensively in a Bachelor of Finance, which often takes three to four years to complete. It’s ability to teach more technical skills, such as policy development and financial procedures make it such a valued finance course, both in Australia and around the world.

No matter what you’d like to do with your financial skills and knowledge, TAFE makes getting trained up easy, because whether you take an in-class finance course in your local area or study finance online your credentials will be widely recognised.

Career Prospects in Finance

Few professions are more future-proof than finance, as there will always be a need for individuals and organisations to manage, grow and maximise their wealth. According to Australian government data, there will be as many as 63,500 finance managers working throughout the country within the next three years.

Is a Career in Finance Right for You?

To do well in this fast-paced industry you need to be great with numbers, detail-oriented, and have a knack for spotting patterns and trends. You will also need to be comfortable working with high stress and large amounts of money, as this is a big responsibility that can dramatically impact the financial health of others.

Depending on your role, you may need to explain to clients how and why shifts in financial markets impact their investments, which means having quality communication skills, a tactful approach and a sympathetic demeanour. Many large banks and financial services organisations also have offices internationally, so there’s always the potential to live and work overseas as well.

Are you ready to take your financial skills to a whole new level? If so, you’ll find a course to suit all of your needs right here. So, what are you waiting for? Compare those many great options, find your course and get started today!

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