The demand for qualified financial planners is high, so if you’re interested in investments and working with people, this diploma program can help you move into a successful, rewarding career.
By focusing your training at BCIT in this two-year diploma program, you’ll be 100% prepared to start work in investment and financial planning upon graduation. And with our strong mentorships, networking opportunities, and focus on practical, useable skills, many students have job offers even before graduation.
About the program
- Two-year, full-time program
- Focused on practical training for financial and investment planning and advising
- Strong industry connections and networking opportunities
- After graduation, transition to the workforce or apply to complete your Bachelor of Business Administration degree at BCIT with full-time or part-time evening courses
Find more details of how you’ll be prepared for success upon graduation in the Program Details.
Who should apply for the Financial Planning Diploma?
This program might be right for you if you:
- Are service-focused
- Enjoy interacting with people
- Have high emotional intelligence
- Have an interest in investments
- Enjoy forecasting and problem solving
If any of these sound like you, visit the Entrance Requirements page today to apply.
Your experience matters
Do you already have work experience or coursework from another school? If so, you might qualify for course credits to help accelerate your training. Check to see whether your experience qualifies you for Advanced Placement.
What grads can do
In this program, you’ll focus on the practical, usable skills you’ll need for a successful career in investments and financial planning. As part of your training, you’ll also have exposure to industry leaders through mentorship and with your own financial plan presentation.
Upon graduation, you’ll be 100% ready to begin working in the industry and be well on your way to receiving your Certified Financial Planner designation. You’ll also have the option to continue your education with BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation is also possible.
Learn more about the variety of opportunities at the Graduating and Jobs page.
BCIT offers a number of international study opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. You could participate in a summer field school or complete an international degree. Learn more about studying abroad.
This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Bring Your Own Device
Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
Students should be aware that course exemptions can be claimed for a maximum of two courses per level.
This program is designed by working professionals to prepare you for a career in financial and investment planning. By focusing your training on the necessary, applicable skills you’ll need daily in the finance industry, you’ll graduate with the knowledge and confidence to secure and excel at a job in financial planning.
As part of the program, you’ll study in-class as well as with hands-on practice by working with successful mentors and developing your own financial plan to present to industry leaders. You’ll also graduate having written and passed Canadian Securities Institute exam to prepare you and your resume for success.
Your training at BCIT includes mentorships with industry leaders and a portfolio of your own complete financial plan that you’ll present. This exposure to potential employers and mentors gives our students a unique opportunity to improve their skills and also secure jobs to begin upon graduation.
Some job opportunities for grads include:
- Financial Planner
- Financial Advisor
- Investment Advisor
- Assistant Financial Planner
With experience, grads can move on to become:
- Financial Service Manager
- Senior Financial Advisor
- Branch Manager
- Independent Advisor
You’ll also be able to start work as a financial planner and pursue your CFP immediately, or continue on to complete your bachelor’s degree, and from there, continue on to do a CFP and a CFA. This diploma program recognized at many universities for block credit transfers.
The learning environment is excellent and my instructor was an experienced professional with lots of real world advice to share. He knew all of the students personally and was able to give personalized feedback throughout the term. Class sizes were ideal for easy Q&A and group discussions. Several employers came into class seeking out candidates and my instructor personally put me in touch with a prospective employer. I couldn’t be happier with my experience at BCIT.
Lauren Fanthome CPA, CMA
604-431-4954 | Financial_Planning-Diploma@bcit.ca
International students please contact:
Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
- Program selection and program planning
- Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
- Job placement and graduate outcomes
- Student life
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