The Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association’s Superannuation Accreditation provides candidates with the specialist knowledge and skills necessary to provide financial product advice to retail clients in superannuation. The accreditation content examines the development of superannuation together with the legislative basis, the industry structure and market participants. This is followed by an examination of the investment rules and tax basis of superannuation – often the key features of a superannuation fund as far as clients are concerned.
Advisers need to take care with advising clients to put money into superannuation (contributions) and taking money out (though lump sums or pensions). Particular focus is given to small funds and those funds where there may be direct equity investments. Superannuation is a major plank in the Government’s policy to make Australians more self reliant in retirement and the final topic examines retirement planning and the interaction of superannuation with the social security system.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
The Superannuation Accreditation provides 20 FASEA CPD hours to candidates. See breakdown for FASEA areas:
|FASEA CPD Area|
|Technical competence||10 hours|
|Regulatory compliance and consumer protection||5 hours|
|Total Hours||20 hours|
On successful completion of the Stockbrokers Association candidates will be able to:
- Compare the features, benefits and risks of different superannuation products and discuss how these features impact upon their suitability for different clients.
- Explain the advantages of investing through superannuation and be aware of the investment restrictions.
- Identify the regulatory and taxation issues relevant to superannuation in Australia.
- Apply the contribution rules to maximise the client benefit without incurring tax penalties.
- Discuss the ability of a client to access superannuation as a lump sum and/or pension as well as identifying tax issues on taking money from superannuation.
- Explain the benefits and risks of small funds as an investment vehicle particularly in investing.
- Provide retail superannuation advice in accordance with ASIC RG 146 requirements.
- Prepare a compliant Statement of Advice using superannuation.
RG146: This accreditation meets the training requirements under ASIC Regulatory Guide RG146 in specialist knowledge and skills components for Superannuation at a Tier 1 level. Regarding RG146 CPD, candidates may claim 20 hours of CPD in Generic, Securities and/or Superannuation and including up to 8 hours of Compliance CPD for completing Superannuation Accreditation.
Who should complete the accreditation?
The Accreditation is designed for financial advisers who provide advice to retail clients in superannuation.
Is there any assumed pre-requisite knowledge?
There is no assumed knowledge for this accreditation.
Please ensure that the course you intend to enrol in is one you are required to undertake and are committed to completing, as fees are non-refundable. Substitutes are welcome within the enrolment period.
1 x Online Exam (Closed Book, 25 questions, 1hr + 15 min reading time, 80% pass mark)
1 x Assignment (80% pass mark)
Suggested study hours
Allow up to 150 hours
How does the accreditation process work?
Accreditations are administered by the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association (SAFAA). Enrolments close at 3.00pm every Monday Sydney time.
- Candidate enrols online/registration is received.
- Candidate receives Welcome email from SAFAA on Tuesday with accreditation information/study materials.
- Candidate completes and returns ‘Exam Booking Form’ to schedule their exam day/time. This must be done at least 3 days prior to exam.
- SAFAA releases exam/closes exam at designated day/time.
- The Candidate’s approved Supervisor supervises exam and returns the ‘Declaration by Online Exam Supervisor’ to SAFAA. Results will not be released until SAFAA has received the completed ‘Declaration by Online Exam Supervisor’.
- Candidate receives result (results are released within 1 working day). Candidate receives Certificate (Certificates are issued end of each month).
- Application to be an Online Supervisor (to be completed and returned by new Supervisors)
- Declaration by Online Exam Supervisor (to be completed and returned by Supervisors following supervision of a candidate’s online exam)
SAFAA/WSU The College Exam Booking Form (to be completed and returned by candidate at least 2 days prior to them sitting their online exam)
Enrolments close at 3.00pm every Monday Sydney time.