TAL Risk Academy and Deakin University form unique partnership to support financial adviser education

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Leading life insurer, TAL, and Deakin University have established a unique education partnership through TAL Risk Academy, TAL’s financial adviser education program.

The partnership is designed to assist and support financial advisers with their obligation to meet the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) education requirements.

TAL General Manager, Retail Distribution, Niall McConville, said, “We are pleased to partner with Deakin University to continue to support the education needs of financial advisers.

“Our partnership combines the learning resources of the TAL Risk Academy with the academic expertise of Deakin University’s Financial Planning arm to give advisers a more flexible and cost-effective education pathway to meet their FASEA education requirements and gain a qualification from one of Australia’s leading universities.”

Financial advisers who complete three modules and assessment tasks through the TAL Risk Academy will be provided with a credit into Deakin University’s FASEA-approved postgraduate financial planning courses. The unit credit available is for the Estate Planning and Risk Management Strategies unit (MAA700). The modules and assessment tasks undertaken through the TAL Risk Academy can be completed online to allow for maximum learning flexibility for financial advisers in terms of where, when and the pace of study.

In addition, Deakin University will offer those financial advisers applying for the courses through the TAL Risk Academy a 15% discount on the cost of the courses and unit tuition fees.

Program Director of Financial Planning at Deakin Business School, Marc Olynyk, said, “Deakin University is very happy to be partnering with TAL to develop this innovative and exciting initiative.

“The program was developed as a result of a close collaborative effort between the two organisations and it illustrates the focus that Deakin University has on working with industry to develop and deliver courses and training programs that meet the specific needs of the financial advice industry and the general community.”

Deakin University’s Financial Planning arm is a market leader in financial planning education and flexible online learning. It offers a range of postgraduate units in an intensive delivery model, which combines comprehensive and interactive learning resources with classroom activities focused on case studies and applied learning.

Deakin University also offers support services to assist with the transition into tertiary education and a personalised course of study that ensures advisers receive recognition for their experience and previous study. Advisers seeking a qualification from Deakin University will also be entitled to receive credit for previous studies completed at other institutions.

In addition to this partnership, the TAL Risk Academy has updated its support with a new version of the award-winning FASEA Exam Masterclass. TAL is encouraging advisers yet to complete the FASEA exam to register for an August virtual Masterclass.

For more information about the partnership or to enrol in the courses via the TAL Risk Academy, advisers can contact their local TAL Sales representative or visit the TAL Adviser Centre.

For more information on Deakin University courses and RPL assessment, advisers can contact Deakin University on 03 9251 7969 or email: financial_planning@deakin.edu.au.

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