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Financial Markets Program


The FNS51015 Diploma of Financial Markets has been superseded by the new Financial Services Training Package. Read here for more information.

The AFMA Financial Markets Program is the benchmark industry-based qualification for individuals working within Australia's traded financial markets.

How do you undertake the program?

The program usually comprises two modules, which are completed via a combination of online activities, self-study and assessment.

You need to complete:

  1. the compulsory Financial Markets Core Module and
  2. at least one of the four specialist modules. Choose from:

Assessment consists of an assignment and skills assessment for each module in the program.

Job-specific streams

Depending on the focus of your job and your firm’s compliance requirements, you can choose to enrol in an Advising, Dealing, or Operations stream. Your assessment is then customised to reflect the different focus of these roles.

The Advising stream is for individuals in client advisory roles who require specific compliance with ASIC RG146 (it also provides compliance with RG105). Please review the professional standards for financial advisers - reforms regarding the new obligations for relevant providers to determine whether the advising stream is suitable for your circumstances.

The Dealing stream is for individuals in non-client facing dealing room roles who may also require compliance with RG 105.

The Operations stream is for individuals working in an operations role who require skills and knowledge in operations processes.

Who is it for?

The Financial Markets Program is designed for individuals currently working in traded financial markets who are looking for formal recognition of their skills and knowledge. It is open to both member and non-member organisations.

Are you an experienced professional?

For participants who have relevant experience or previous training, there are a number of alternatives to completing the full public program. See the Alternative Completion Information Kit for further details, and then contact the AFMA Education team if you would like to pursue this option.

What will you learn?

The entire program will provide you with a foundation level of knowledge about traded financial markets. By the time you have successfully completed it, you will be equipped to:

  • demonstrate a broad understanding of how financial markets operate with substantial depth in some areas. The areas considered include the economic environment, financial market participants and products, trading and dealing processes, risk management and the regulatory framework, and your technical specialist area
  • use information effectively to evaluate financial markets and products, for your business and/or clients
  • respond to particular dealing, trading or providing advice scenarios, within a risk management framework
  • communicate your analysis and/or recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing, using a range of technologies, to a professional standard
  • demonstrate your ability to determine and address the ethical and regulatory issues you may encounter in your day-to-day professional work
  • operate within a given risk management framework, identifying and addressing the ramifications of your chosen advice or trading strategies
  • participate effectively in workplace teams in order to complete a financial transaction and where appropriate take responsibility for the achievement of team outcomes
  • critically reflect on your work experiences and technical knowledge to consolidate and enhance your understanding of financial markets.


AFMA provides a maximum of 18 months to complete the full FNS51015 Diploma of Financial Markets (from date of initial registration) or 9 months if you intend on completing one module only (from date of initial registration).

It is important to note that AFMA has structured each module so that it should be completed in a time frame of 4 months

What will you achieve?

When you successfully complete the program you will achieve one or more of the following:

  • The nationally recognised FNS51015 Diploma of Financial Markets.
  • Compliance with ASIC Regulatory Guide 146 and/or 105 depends on the stream you choose. RG 105 is obtained via either the dealing or advising stream, while RG146 is obtained only via the advising stream;
  • Partial completion of the requirements for AFMA accredited individual status – if your employer is an AFMA member.

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