Financial advisers can now access up to date and easy to understand information about education policy developments via an online education hub from the Financial Planning Association of Australia.
The FPA's Return to Learn portal was rolled out this week, providing accurate information on the latest policy updates and study tools for those working towards meeting the new standards.
The portal was designed in-house by the FPA's education and policy teams in collaboration with tertiary education providers that have been approved by the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority.
The portal includes an education pathways tool to assist advisers in determining what further study they need to undertake.
A cost comparison tool is also featured, comparing the fees associated with different degrees and providers. This also includes a comparison of the credits each provider will allocate to members who have completed the five-unit Certified Financial Planner designation.
A study guide comprising recommended reading lists, study and time management tips, and academic writing and referencing guides is also available.
"There are many thousands of ethical, professional, committed financial planners around Australia ready to do what it takes to meet FASEA requirements between now and 2024," FPA chief executive Dante De Gori said.
"Many are confused by misinformation flying around as to what they need to do next, however, and frankly there's no time for confusion: Australia needs us to take the high road when it comes to education and ethics."
Return to Learn was developed in-house by the FPA's education and policy experts with co-operation from FASEA-approved tertiary education providers.
The aim of the portal is to cut through the noise and misinformation, enabling a clear path forward for FPA members, he said.
Additional resources will be added to the portal over time, and the FPA has requested member feedback on what should be included.