Education Requirements, Foreign Qualifications and the FASEA Exam
FASEA Financial Adviser Exam
The exam is a required component of the education standard that all advisers are required to pass to provide personal financial advice to retail clients in respect of retail financial products.
Existing Advisers will be required to pass the exam before 1 January 2021 and new entrants are required to complete the exam prior to commencing quarter 3 of their professional year.
Government has proposed to extend deadlines for existing Advisers to meet FASEA’s Educational and Exam Requirements
In making this , the government acknowledges the necessity to balance the deep impact of these reforms against the need to maintain the ongoing availability, quality and affordability of advice for clients.
Under the new requirements, advisers who were registered on the Financial Adviser Register on 1 January 2019 must:
- complete the FASEA approved exam by 1 January 2022 (one additional year); and
- meet FASEA’s qualification requirements by 1 January 2026 (two additional years).
FASEA’s Financial Adviser Exam Registration are open
You must register for the FASEA exam for information on e, this includes exam locations and dates.
An Exam Preparation Guide and Exam Practice questions have also been developed by FASEA and available through the below links
Who needs to complete the Financial Adviser Examination
Relevant Providers and Provisional Relevant Providers will undertake a 3.5 hour (including reading time) examination. Exams will be scheduled to commence from mid 2019 and Existing Advisers will be required to pass the exam by 31 December 2020.
Education Requirements, Including Foreign Qualifications
Relevant Providers Degrees, Qualifications and Courses Standard (Education Pathways) and Foreign Qualifications Policy
Advisers are required to complete a bachelor (or higher or equivalent) qualification. The Legislative Instrument is a list of current and historical degrees approved by FASEA and will be updated as additional courses are approved by FASEA.