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Financial Planning Services

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
College Code:
Business and Hospitality
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2018 / 2019


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About the Program

Completion of this accelerated two-semester program will allow students to obtain an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in the field of financial planning. The program will provide students with all of the educational requirements to challenge the Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) Level 1 Examination (for CFP Professionals) and optional licensing opportunities with industry regulators such as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Mutual Fund Dealer Association (MFDA) and the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) for insurance licensing purposes. The progressive course of study combines courses designed at Conestoga with those originating from industry standard setting organizations to prepare students for employment opportunities in banking, insurance, private wealth, brokerage and/or independent practice.

Program Information

Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence:
         Doon (Kitchener) - September/2018 - Fall | Winter
         Doon (Kitchener) - January/2019 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September and January
First-Year Capacity: 35 September, 20 January


Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2017-2018 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for Financial Planning Services - Program # 1032

Doon - Winter 2018 Level 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Winter 2018
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2865.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60
eText Fee $97.00
Session Total $3473.65
Year Total $7201.30

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2017 / 2018) for
Financial Planning Services - Program # 1032

Doon - Winter 2018 Level 2 (Program Start: 2017-09-05)
Description Winter 2018
International Program Tuition $5950.00
Student Priority Fee $49.95
Recreation/Athletics Fee $69.55
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $28.10
Administration Fee $25.55
Technology Enhancement Fee $140.80
CSI Capital Development Fee $70.54
CSI Association Fee $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56
ISR $375.00
International Health Fee $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.60
eText Fee $97.00
Session Total $6933.65
Year Total $14320.30

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates of the program are qualified to work in a variety of financial sector positions. These include banks, trust companies, insurance companies, mutual/fund investment companies, full-service and discount brokerage firms, as well as financial planning firms.

On average, 81% of graduates from the last three years (2014 to 2016) found employment within six months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1032)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
BUS8147 Client Communication

Description: In this course, students will learn to construct comprehensive business reports and to develop effective presentations to communicate the results of their research. They will also learn to construct appropriate business communications that will permit them to professionally present themselves and their position.

This course will focus on communicating effectively with clients to keep them informed, help forge long term relationships, and to monitor client needs. Students will focus on the skills of active listening to ensure accurate information gathering, reduced misunderstandings, and increased rapport. Students will prepare and practice for presentations in a variety of settings including one-on-one, small groups and large audiences with a view to building confidence and professionalism.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

FIN8117 Canadian Securities

Description: This course, offered in conjunction with CSI Global education is the requisite course for selling securities in all provinces in Canada. Topics include capital markets and financial services, the Canadian economy, financing, listing and regulation of securities, analyzing financial statements, fixed income, equity and derivatives markets, analyzing markets and securities, asset allocation and portfolio management, mutual funds and other managed products, financial planning and taxation. Students will write two CSI industry exams as part of this course. Students are required to pay a mandatory additional charge to register with CSI.
Hours: 126
Credits: 9

FIN8122 Insurance Fundamentals

Description: This course focuses on the insurance industry in Canada and is a preparatory course for the Life Licensing Qualification Program (LLQP) for those students wishing to be licensed to sell life and health insurance products. Emphasis is on the use of insurance products to manage risk. Topics covered include life insurance contracts, property and casualty insurance, disability insurance, group insurance, critical illness and long term care and extended insurance products as well as underwriting process, insurance needs analysis and professional conduct standards. Application of insurance to the small business market will also be covered.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5

FIN8190 Financial Planning Essentials

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the Financial Planning industry, and the role of the Financial Planner. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to identify and implement best practices in the key areas of financial planning: Budgeting and Borrowing, Personal Financial Statements, Taxes, Investments, Retirement, Risk Management and Estate Planning.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3

Level 2
ENTR8020 Entrepreneurship for Financial Planners

Description: This capstone course provides students the opportunity to integrate their learning gained throughout the program. Students will produce a professional and comprehensive business plan for their own financial services practice. The Business Plan will demonstrate each student's ability to conduct research, apply their knowledge to their industry, and to document their process and results in a succinct, business-like report. This course will also allow students to enhance their sales and negotiation skills as part of the selling process. Focus will also include current industry trends, and developments and practices necessary for advisors to succeed in the financial planning industry.
Hours: 70
Credits: 5

FIN8165 Financial Planning Applications

Description: This course allows the student to demonstrate the skills of selling and marketing in the financial services industry. This includes awareness of buyer behaviour, the ability to organize an effective sales presentation, the ability to develop and present an effective financial plan and demonstrate the skills and attitudes essential to the successful salesperson. Course includes a lab component designed to permit students to apply their knowledge through use of a variety of financial planning software.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2

FIN8200 Financial Planning Technical Knowledge and Analysis

Description: This course requires students to develop a familiarity with the Fundamental Financial Planning Practices of the CFP profession. These planning practices include specific technical knowledge and professional skills, which form required competencies of the CFP professional. Students will learn the key aspects of analysis from each of the six planning areas, and develop an appreciation of the FPSC stringent requirements of the CFP professional as it relates to ethical principles and professional standards.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6

FIN8210 Tax Strategies For Financial Planners

Description: The student is provided with a financial planner's working knowledge of the Income Tax Act. Topics covered include differential tax rates for business income, employment income, dividends and capital gains and how they impact investments, retirement planning through RRSP's and pension plans, and estate planning through the tax free pass-through of insurance proceeds.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

Program Outcomes

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For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

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Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Status (Domestic)
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2018 Doon Open
JAN, 2019 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students
Program status for international students

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