Finance is not only a lucrative field of study it’s also one that is always in demand. No matter what the economic climate, people always need help with their finances. The other nice thing about finance is that it’s so broad; there are courses, degrees and diplomas in everything from financial planning and business risk management to commerce, investing and insurance.
Finance Courses in Australia include:
- Certificate IV in Credit Management; an online course which provides an entry level qualification to the credit management side of finance. The certificate paves the way for a career as a credit controller, credit services officer, credit/lending officer, credit analyst or credit manager.
- Diploma of Financial Planning; a classroom-based course which includes courses in risk management (insurance), superannuation and retirement planning and investment planning.
- Diploma of Financial Services (Banking); an online diploma includes courses on leadership and motivation, the evaluation of credit applications, banking and finance service strategies for small businesses and staff performance management.
- Advanced Diploma of Superannuation; an online course from the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia which focuses on governance and trusteeship, investment, superannuation compliance and self-managed superannuation funds.
- Master of Commerce; a classroom based course with specialisations in financial planning and professional accounting and courses relating to applied finance. The postgraduate qualification is recognised by the Australian Bankers Association, Financial Planning Association of Australia Limited, CPA Australia, and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
- Certificate III in General Insurance; an online course from the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance (ANZIF) which provides entry level qualifications for a variety of insurance and finance-related jobs. Study units cover the insurance market and legal regulations as determined by the Insurance Contracts Act.
- Graduate Diploma in Global Wealth Management; a classroom-based course from the University of Adelaide is available for undergraduate and postgraduate students with any of a variety of finance-related degrees, such as commerce, economics and financial planning. The course is accredited by ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) and the Financial Planning Association of Australia.
- Short Courses in Share Trading; an online course from the WealthWithin Institute to help laymen and professionals navigate the murky waters of national and international finance markets and learn how to study financial trends.
There are even courses in anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing which forms part of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia e-education series.There are various advantages and disadvantages to studying finance online or in classroom settings. Obviously, online finance courses allow you to work while you study, they are often cheaper than class-room based courses, and they save you from having to commute all the way from one side of Sydney to the other. However, online courses might not provide you with the support you need to complete your training, especially if you’re studying for a Bachelor or Master degree or an advanced diploma, and that’s when class-room based study opportunities are best, provided you choose the right college in Brisbane, Melbourne or wherever else in Australia you happen to be.