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 diploma program, you’ll be 100% prepared to start work in investment and financial planning upon graduation. And with our networking opportunities, and focus on practical, useable skills, many students have job offers even before graduation.
About the program
- Full or part-time diploma 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.
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.
About Part-time Studies
Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that’s right for you.
Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there’s space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January), and Spring/Summer (April).
To apply to this Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to submit a program application. Applications are processed throughout the year.
Part-time Financial Planning diploma:
Part-time Studies students considering the Financial Planning diploma are able to apply directly to the program. Students are reminded to be aware of BCIT Policy 5103 – Student Evaluation [PDF], stating all program requirements must be completed within seven years.
Additionally, part-time students intending to pursue the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation have the option of completing the Associate Certificate in Financial Planning program. Alternatively, students intending to pursue the CFP® designation also have the option of completing just the core curriculum courses to help qualify to write the CFP® Level 1 exam:
- FMGT 1810 – Personal Financial Planning 1
- FMGT 3430 – Taxation and Financial Planning
- FMGT 3600 – Security Analysis
- FMGT 4810 – Personal Financial Planning 2
Although not a core curriculum requirement, students who have not previously studied introductory accounting are strongly encouraged to complete FMGT 1152 – Accounting for the Manager before completing FMGT 3430 – Taxation and Financial Planning.
Previous full-time students who have successfully completed Level 1 and/or Level 2, considering completing the Financial Planning diploma through Part-time Studies, are advised to apply to this program.
Bring your own device
Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements prior to the start of class. If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.
For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.
Important Updates to Part-time Studies
Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.
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 developing your own financial plan. 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 preparation of a complete financial plan. This exposure to real-world scenarios provides our students a unique skill set to assist them in securing jobs 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 is recognized at many universities for block credit transfers.
Part-time Studies Coordinator – Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
604-412-7453 | Deacon_Devlin@bcit.ca
Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
- Course selection and program planning
- Declaring your program
- Making changes to your approved program plan
- Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
- Laddering options
- Job placement and graduate outcomes
- Student life
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