FAQs - Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning

1. Do I have to take two modules per semester?

2. Does this programme run on weekday evenings or at weekends?

3. What is the relationship between Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and the Certified Financial Planner™ Designation (CFP®)? 

4. I hold the QFA designation and no degree. What experience do I require in support of my application?

5. What is the National Framework of Qualifications?

6. At what level is this qualification included at on the National Framework of Qualifications?

7. What is an ECTS Credit?

8. I would like to discuss whether this is the right programme for me.

 

1. Do I have to take two modules per semester?

No, subject to operational constraints such as timetabling and student demand, you can take one or two modules per semester. 

 

2. Does this programme run on weekday evenings or at weekends?

The programme is delivered in two venues:

  • Dublin

Lectures are delivered in a city-centre Dublin venue on two weekday evenings per week. 

  • Portlaoise 

Lectures are delivered in a Portlaoise venue on a Monday - one module is delivered in the morning and the second module is delivered in the afternoon.
 
 

3. What is the relationship between Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and the Certified Financial Planner™ Designation (CFP®)? 

The Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning acts as the gateway to the prestigious international designation Certified Financial Planner™. 

Financial Planning Standards Board Ireland (FPSB Ireland) requires that a candidate who wishes to become a CFP® professional in the Republic of Ireland must:

  • Hold the Qualified Financial Adviser (QFA) designation and the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning.
  • Have successfully completed the certification exam of FPSB Ireland.
  • Have met the three year experience requirement in financial planning as set out by FPSB Ireland
  • Accept continuing obligations for certification, and
  • Commit to the ethics and standards required for CFP® professionals.

Full details of the CFP® are available on the FPSB Ireland web site at www.fpsb.ie 

 

4. I hold the QFA designation and no degree. What experience do I require in support of my application?

If you have the QFA designation and do not have a degree, you can apply to the programme provided you have three years relevant banking/financial services work experience in addition to the designation.
Details of this work experience should be included on your application form and will need to be signed by your employer. This experience must have been obtained in the banking or financial services industry, or in work with a substantial related component.

For any queries on this, you can contact the programme manager, Gerry Grenham, at:
E:     [email protected]
T:    +353 (1) 611 6526 (direct)

 
5. What is the National Framework of Qualifications?

The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) provides a way to compare qualifications and to ensure that they are quality assured and recognised in Ireland and abroad. 
For further information you can visit their website at www.nqai.ie   

 

6. At what level is this qualification included at on the National Framework of Qualifications?

The Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning is a postgraduate educational award and is included on the National Framework of Qualifications at level 9 (masters degree level). By way of comparison, an honours undergraduate degree is at level 8 on the NFQ, and the QFA is at level 7. 

 

7. What is an ECTS Credit?

ECTS refers to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. It is the recommended academic credit transfer system for higher education in Europe (including Ireland) and is designed to allow comparison between different academic programmes within Europe.
Each module on the Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning equates to 10 level 9 ECTS credits. By way of comparison, each module on the QFA equates to 5 level 7 ECTS credits.

 
8. I would like to discuss whether this is the right programme for me.

Yes, the programme manager would be delighted to discuss the programme informally with you.

You can contact the programme manager, Gerry Grenham, at:
E:     [email protected]
T:    +353 (1) 611 6526 (direct)