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2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

About the Program

Banks, credit unions, mutual fund and full service dealers, and insurers need financial experts. In this eight-month graduate certificate program, you will learn about financial products and services. You will also learn to provide advice and develop financial plans based on individual client needs, risk tolerance and other unique circumstances. Additionally, you will work towards earning licenses and designations required by the industry.

Life of a Credit

This program qualifies for Seneca's Life of a Credit policy. This policy will allow you to transfer your credits earned in the past 10 years toward this program.


Throughout this program you will develop the following skills:

  • Presentation and communication skills
  • Development of comprehensive client plans

  • Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence 

Work Experience

Work Placement

Gain first-hand experience in the industry with a four-week work placement or industry project that takes place part-time during your studies or full-time at the end of the program.

Your Career

As a graduate of this program, you may pursue future career options, such as:

  • Financial planner
  • Investment adviser

  • Investment counsellor 

  • Personal banking representative

Professional Certifications

Personal Financial Planner (PFP)

Seneca's Financial Planning is the first graduate certificate program in Canada to be recognized as an approved educational path to the Personal Financial Planner (PFP®) designation. 

The program is designed to prepare you to complete the education and license requirements for financial planning industry designations and certifications, such as:

  • Personal Financial Planner (PFP) designation

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation

  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC), and

  • Life License Qualification Program (LLQP).

Applying for these certifications and designations requires additional fees, paid to the external bodies and/or providers governing the certifications, such as: 

  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC) 1 and 2 course materials and exam fees:  $985

  • Insurance (LLQP) exam materials and exam fees: $220

  • CIFP course materials fee: $540

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