Graduate Certificate in Self Managed Superannuation Funds

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.

Stay on top of the fastest growing sector in financial planning and wealth management

Investment in superannuation in Australia is building at an astonishing rate, now totalling over $1.3 trillion. Most rapidly increasing is the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) industry. There are over 2,500 new accounts opening each month, taking the total to over 410,000 SMSFs. Because of this, the SMSF industry is under great scrutiny and seeing all kinds of legislative changes.

Our Graduate Certificate in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds has been designed in conjunction with the SMSF Association. It provides the knowledge, skills and financial literacy that SMSF practitioners need to thrive in a changing landscape. This extends to financial planners, accountants, lawyers and auditors.

What will you do?

This degree is designed to link up with industry requirements. You will:

  • study foundational SMSF concepts, theories and operations
  • consolidate and extend your current knowledge and skills base
  • gain insights into psychological influences on investment decision-making
  • learn complex advising strategies
  • explore relevant taxes and regulations
  • advance your critical thinking, practical and communication skills.
  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

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    Deferment Yes - 2 year
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    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study
    1. A completed Bachelors degree from the University of Adelaide (or equivalent), AND
    2. currently employed or have been employed, on a full-time equivalent basis, within the last two years in a related professional capacity in the Superannuation or SMSF sector. OR
    3. for applicants without a Bachelors degree, a minimum of five years work experience in a related professional capacity in the Superannuation or Self Managed Superannuation Funds sector approved by the Faculty.
    How to Apply

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $16,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Any professional aiming to give comprehensive advice of the highest quality to investors in self managed superannuation funds, including financial planners, accountants, lawyers and auditors.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    This course has been designed in conjunction with the SMSF Association and provides students with ASIC RG146 compliance in the specialist area of self-managed superannuation funds.

    Please Note: In order to provide advice in self-managed superannuation funds, students must also hold an RG146 compliance in the areas of Superannuation, Generic Knowledge and Skills.

    This course will be assessed for CPD points with the SMSFA Association (SMSFA) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

    Potential careers

    Accountant, Auditor, Financial Planner

  • Degree Structure

    This program consists of four courses:

    CORPFIN 6009 - SMSF Best Practice
    CORPFIN 6010 - Understanding SMSF Trustees
    CORPFIN 6011 - SMSF Strategic Advice
    CORPFIN 6012 - SIS Regulation and Taxation

    Students must study the courses in the order listed above and must have successfully completed a course before being able to undertake a subsequent course.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

    Areas of Specialisation

    Self Managed Superannuation Funds

    Example Study Plan

    Core courses

    Courses must be studied in order.


    The assessment for each course involves assignments, case studies and a final exam.
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020