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Gain the specialized skills and knowledge you need for a rewarding career in the financial industry.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year (Varies for part-time or blended studies)
Credential:
Advanced Diploma

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Overview

With a focus on alternative investments, risk and compliance, asset and wealth management, along with commercial banking, this program readies you to work in Nova Scotia's growing financial industry.

Learn the financial tools used by professionals and gain a real-world perspective on the organization, structure and operation of the various financial sectors. Get skills in:

  • Financial planning
  • Risk and compliance management
  • Alternative investments and hedge funds administration

This program helps prepare you to write the first examinations on your route to obtaining industry designations. It includes some of the required courses for completion of the following designations:

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work experience are the responsibility of the student.
  • For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • This comprehensive one-year program helps you stand out from the competition in the financial industry.
  • This program helps prepare you to write the first examinations on your route to obtaining industry designations
  • Learn from experienced, industry-connected faculty.
  • Throughout the program, you'll meet industry experts and hear from guest speakers.

Other info

  • Some courses are designed with the curriculum of the Canadian Securities Institute of Canada.
  • Certifying organizations provide examination settings in the associated topic areas
  • Students are responsible for additional course fees related to external industry certifications.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus/Online Dartmouth Full time BlendedComplete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus. • Weekdays/Evenings Waitlist

Admission requirements

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$5,380
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

You graduate ready to accept a wide range of positions in the financial services sector, such as:

  • Banks, trust companies and credit unions
  • Brokerage houses
  • Investment firms
  • Hedge fund companies
  • Financial planning firms

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

FINC 3960 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

FINC 5100 - Regulatory Compliance and Risk Management
The financial industry experiences operational and financial risks. Regulators have a key role in developing and adhering to regulations that address these risks. The stability of financial services sectors depends partly on the strength of the regulations that have been developed to mitigate those risks. This course will introduce learners to various risks and how they impact financial institutions and the products that they offer. The ever-dynamic Canadian and global financial regulatory compliance environment will be explored. Topics will also include emerging risks related to cybersecurity and money laundering.

FINC 5110 - Financial Planning I
The Financial Planning I® course is delivered under agreement with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) using their course materials to prepare students for the Financial Planning I® exam. CSI describes the course as “designed to help you deliver the most effective financial plan analysis to your valued clients, based on their personal requirements and provides you with comprehensive knowledge about financial planning. Upon successful completion, you will be able to implement best practices in budgeting, borrowing, constructing and analyzing personal financial statements. Topics include: the financial planning process, personal budgeting and borrowing, investment and taxation, retirement planning, estate planning, and providing financial services advice. Students must also be registered in the related course with the CSI. For more information, please go to the Canadian Securities Institute website at www.csi.ca.

FINC 5120 - Canadian Securities I
The Canadian Securities Course® is delivered under agreement with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) in two parts using their course materials to prepare students for the Canadian Securities Course® exam. CSI describes the course as offering the opportunity to “learn to make sense of a complex financial world. You'll gain the knowledge you need to make smart investment decisions, become a confident advisor and build a solid foundation for your career. Recognized as the industry benchmark, the Canadian Securities Course (CSC®) delivers the financial training employers demand. The course provides an introduction to bonds and debentures, common and preferred shares, basic derivatives, securities markets and financial intermediaries, consolidated financial statements, and macroeconomics. Students must also be registered in the related course with the CSI. For more information, please go to the Canadian Securities website at www.csi.ca.

FINC 5130 - Professional Communication
This course introduces learners to contemporary strategies of successful communication in professional contexts that enable them to recognize the importance of positive, professional communication. Learners will explore how communication can create an atmosphere of trust, respect and professionalism. Topics will include how to analyze audience, situation, and medium to create messages that build productive relationships; and how to develop a sensitivity to language and tone to communicate their intended purpose and receive their intended result.

FINC 5140 - Spreadsheets and Analytics and Finance
"In this course, learners will explore the principles of financial data analysis using the advanced capabilities of Microsoft® Excel. Learners will gain in-depth understanding of important financial concepts such as performance evaluation, financial statement analysis, forecasting, capital budgeting and modern portfolio theory. Topics such as validating data, constructing financial models, performing what-if scenarios, evaluating financial alternatives, performing financial ratio analysis and create dynamic models will also be explored. This course aims to give learners a solid foundation in understanding and manipulating financial data to their advantage using Microsoft® Excel."

FINC 5150 - Professional Relationship Management I
This course is an introduction to professional relationship management concepts. Topics will include verbal and non-verbal communication skills to build relationships, communicating complex ideas to general audiences, and sales strategy development.

FINC 5200 - Professional Relationship Management II
Building on the concepts introduced in Professional Relationship Management I, this course is designed to provide practical applications of professional relationship management concepts and explore the business environments in which these methods can be applied. Topics will include client relationship management, client prospecting, and establishing client loyalty. Through a series of practical and real-world activities, learners will acquire the skills necessary to work in a client-centric organization.

FINC 5210 - Hedge Funds Accounting, Administration and Analysis
The world of investments has been dominated by new investments products that are outpacing the traditional investments. The need to increase the investors’ returns has lead to both individual and institutional investors looking past traditional investment products such as bonds and equity which has led to the emergence of alternative investments such as hedge funds. This course will give learners an overview of the hedge fund industry and the various hedge fund investment strategies that are employed. The course will also focus on hedge funds with an emphasis on understanding the Net Asset Value (NAV) calculation process and regulatory environment in which hedge funds operates. Learners will gain “hands-on” practical knowledge of NAV preparation. Industry guest speakers and industry visits will provide real life perspective and discussions regarding emerging issues. Learners will be introduced to data sources such as Bloomberg and Spreadsheet-based investment portfolio analysis.

FINC 5220 - Canadian Securities II
The Canadian Securities Course® is delivered under agreement with the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) in two parts using their course materials to prepare students for the Canadian Securities Course® exam. CSI describes the course as offering the opportunity to “learn to make sense of a complex financial world. You'll gain the knowledge you need to make smart investment decisions, become a confident advisor and build a solid foundation for your career. Recognized as the industry benchmark, the Canadian Securities Course (CSC®) delivers the financial training employers demand.” The course introduces managed and structured financial products, technical and fundamental analysis, tax issues, and securities administration. Students must also be registered in the related course with the CSI. For more information, please go to the Canadian Securities website at www.csi.ca.

FINC 5230 - Retirement Planning
This course introduces retirement concepts and strategies. Topics will include: retirement planning process, government and private pension plans, investment products for retirement and income tax implications.

FINC 5240 - Consumer Credit
Understanding consumer credit and its importance to a client’s overall financial health is a pivotal part of building a strong foundation within the Financial Industry. This course is designed to provide learners with the necessary key concepts that will be required to be successful in their career within the Financial Industry. Learners will explore topics such as assessing customers needs; product knowledge; credit application components; key factors in granting and approving credit; and the importance of relationship management and business building. These practical tools will enable learners to become confident and competent in client interactions that focus on consumer credit.

FINC 5250 - Tax Law and Ethics
This course is an introduction to Canadian tax law and ethics. Learners will be introduced to the complexities of tax law, the income tax act and the criteria of when to seek professional advice. Learners will also examine the potential tax needs of their clients. Learners will also explore ethical issues they may encounter in today’s digital environment and how to protect themselves and their clients.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

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