This advanced diploma is comprised of our eight-month Finance program and a paid, four-month co-operative work placement. Set yourself up for success with this unique blend of classroom learning and work experience, and hit the ground running as a licensed mutual fund representative.
Industry exams are written as part of your program curriculum, and you will be licensed to sell mutual funds. Obtain credit from the Investment Funds Institute of Canada for financial planning by registering directly with the organization. Peak employers’ interest with an advanced diploma that will give you the skills needed to get to work right after completing this program.
Become a go-to solution provider for clients looking for financial advice. Hone your research and analytical skills and put them to good use by matching up the right opportunities for the right clientele. Everyone wants financial freedom, and you can help your customers achieve their goals.
Fast-track your career in the financial services industry with this unique program. The combination of courses positions you to succeed in many entry-level careers, while the paid, four-month work placement allows you an opportunity to demonstrate those skills while learning from professionals in this fast-paced industry.
Let your career take you anywhere in the global finance industry. Find opportunities working with clients within banks, credit unions, investment companies, and insurance agencies.
Full-Tuition Awards Available!
The Elevate Award is a full-tuition award that supports university or college graduates looking to enhance their professional skill sets by pursuing an advanced diploma program. Up to 20 full-tuition Elevate awards are granted annually to domestic students (Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents). Awards are limited; apply to the program today!
- Two-year diploma or university degree
If you do not have a prior post-secondary credential, please see our Business Administration program where you can specialize in Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management or Marketing.
English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test exempt list must meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information. IELTS score of 6.0 with no subscore less than 5.5 or equivalent is acceptable for this program.
For international students, please see the Helpful Information for International Students - Finance with Co-op Advanced Diploma.
Relocation to a small, rural community may be required for completion of the co-op placement. A valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required, given the need to travel to rural Manitoba (outside of Brandon) for the co-op work placement.
Careers & Connections
Graduates find employment in the financial services industry working as financial advisors, investment managers and insurance representatives.
The college’s partnerships with the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC), IFSE Institute, and the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) will provide students with the courses that fit, or work
towards, the educational requirements for industry certifications such as licensed mutual fund representative, Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and licensed life insurance agent.
Assiniboine has a number of agreements with other colleges, universities and professional organizations, making it possible for students to apply credit taken at Assiniboine to programs at other institutions. For up-to-date information on agreements, visit Articulation Agreements.
Tools & Supplies
You benefit from industry networking and guest speakers and attend classes in computer labs, regular classrooms and lecture theatre. This program uses online learning resources and instructional resources.
Booklists are available from your school office 30 days prior to the start date of your program. Visit the Bookstore’s website to learn more.
Students in this program are required to bring their own laptop for use on-campus. The laptop must meet the technical needs outlined by the program. MAC computing devices are not compatible with program software. Refer to assiniboine.net/tech for detailed information.
Courses & Costs
Estimated Program Costs (Domestic students)
|Credits||Tuition||Course fees||Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)||Estimated textbooks, tools and supplies|
|Finance (with CO-OP||63||$4,334||Included||Included||$1,950|
All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Estimated Program Costs (International students)
|Credits||Tuition||Course Fees||Students' Association fees (Inc Health Premium)||Required Health Insurance||Textbooks, Tools, & Supplies|
|Finance (with CO-OP)||63||$17,495||Included||Included||$1,000||$1,950|
All fees are estimated and are subject to change without notice. All international students must purchase health insurance. The college adds this fee to your student account and then sends your name and fee to the insurance provider on your behalf.
All tuition and fees are required to be paid in full before your program begins. Tuition and fees to this program are non-refundable and non-transferable. All fees are estimated and subject to change without notice.
Students may be required to purchase additional supplies for this program.
To graduate with an advanced diploma in Finance (with Co-op), students must successfully complete 60 academic credits plus the 16-week co-op work placement. The minimum passing grade for each course is indicated on the course outline. Course offerings are subject to change and may vary by intake.
Advanced Software (COMP-0598)
Prerequisite: COMP-0597 Software Applications
Business Capstone (BUSN-0167)
Prerequisite: COMM-0386 Research and Report Writing
Canadian Business and Society (BUSN-0166)
Students explore the complex business environment and the relationships organizations have with civil society, the natural environment and each other. Through this examination, students learn that ethical decision-making is critical to the successful management of any organization. Topics include changing economic, political, social and cultural forces and their influences on business and society; the continuum of socially responsible management and ethical business practices; and the challenges and opportunities that influence where an organization fits on the continuum. Special attention is given to Indigenous history and developments.
Canadian Investment Funds (BUSN-0160)
Prerequisitse: ECON-0006 Economics 1
Co-op Work Placement - FINCV (COOP-0032)
Prerequisite: Cumulative weighted grade point average (CWGPA) of 2.0 or greater
Corporate Finance (BUSN-0165)
Prerequisite: ACCT-0004 Financial Accounting 2
Financial Planning (BUSN-0170)
Prerequisite:BUSN-0169 Personal Finance
Life License Qualification (BUSN-0172)
Prerequisite: BUSN-0169 Personal Finance
Personal Finance (BUSN-0169)
Students use current financial planning software to support the financial plans created for clients. Students use the software to outline and deliver financial plans, which cover such topics as inflation, historical returns, comprehensive and periodic retirement goals, major purchase goals, education goals, insurance goals, capital growth, RRSPs, payouts from RRIFs and LRIFs, and loan and mortgage calculations. This course also uses a real time investment simulator (Investopedia.com) model to teach the principles of investing in the financial markets. The course uses a case study to provide the student experience in portfolio management through the creation of a diversified portfolio. The course culminates with the student presenting the portfolio to the instructor in an interactive fashion.
Professional Selling (MKTG-0065)
Prerequisite: MKTG-0044 Marketing Principles; COMM-0006 Communications
Taxation 1 (BUSN-0171)
Prerequisite:ACCT-0004 Financial Accounting 2