Program Information

The Financial Planning & Wealth Management Graduate Certificate program prepares university and college graduates for an exciting and rewarding career in the financial services sector. Students will gain specialized career expertise, technical knowledge and selling skills required to work in banks, credit unions, mutual fund companies, investment dealers, stock brokerages, independent financial planning firms and insurance companies. The final term of study includes a co-op in the financial services industry so that students can gain experience through practical work or through an Applied Project.

Fall 2021 Delivery Format

For the Fall 2021 term, this program will be fully remote. Students in first year will not be expected to attend classes on campus between September 2021 and December 2021. 

For upper year students, information about delivery format is available on mylambton.ca.

See Course List

Admission Requirements

A university degree.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
  • TOEFL iBT 79
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Course List

MKT-1143: Marketing Fundamentals

This course introduces students to the foundations of successful marketing and prepares them for advanced marketing courses. The emphasis is on learning and applying marketing concepts in an ever-changing environment that is becoming more global in nature. Topics covered include the following: understanding the marketing environment, consumer and business behaviour, marketing intelligence, and the design and implementation of effective marketing strategies and marketing mix elements.

ACC-1093: Accounting Concepts I

This course is an introduction to the theory of accounting and the standard methods of recordkeeping for non-accounting major students. Generally accepted accounting principles and concepts are emphasized in the preparation of financial statements.

BUS-1234: Computer Applications for Business

Strong computer skills are essential to finding employment in management and administration. This course provides students with resources and guidance to develop skills in Microsoft Office applications. While the focus will be spent learning and applying document processing, presentation and extra time on spreadsheet management tools, students will also develop skills in time management, self-discipline, and attention to detail. Students will also have an opportunity to improve their ability to read and follow written instructions. Computer Applications for Business is a course delivered using practical hands-on applications and comprises additional online skills assessment and training tools purposefully designed to provide flexibility in learning. This course further prepares students to apply these professional business application skills, with enhanced emphasis on spreadsheet management as they continue and expand in their program areas of study.

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

FIN-3004: Investment Funds in Canada

This course provides students with the necessary knowledge to make mutual fund investment recommendations to clients by analyzing the needs, timelines and risk tolerance of clients and comparing them to the fees and performance of various investments. Students will gain an understanding of the role of the mutual fund sales representative and the functioning of the Canadian financial marketplace. Ensuring ethics and compliance with mutual fund regulations will be emphasized throughout this course.

MKT-3403: Selling

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the sales process, and it is intended to help students to develop their selling, communication, and negotiation skills in order to be successful in a sales career. Topics presented include the following: the steps in the selling process, ethical issues in selling, the importance of the sales function, and integrating technology in the sales process. Students also learn how to develop negotiation skills, establish successful customer relationships, and develop winning communication skills in a variety of presentation situations. This course is highly interactive, and each student will be expected to fully participate online. Each student will be required to prepare and deliver a sales presentation as a part of this course.

ECO-1503: Principles of Economics

This course is a survey of the principles which apply to our society's efforts to solve economic problems. The survey includes an examination of fundamental economic problems, economic models, the nature of the Canadian economy, employment, inflation, the role of governments in managing the economy, and the functioning of demand, supply, and firms within the market system.

FIN-1013: Financial Analysis and Budgeting

This course is an introduction to the essentials of financial management with a view for wealth maximization of a business enterprise. Topics covered in this course include the following: analysis of financial performance, cost-volume-profit analysis, financing alternatives and costs, management of working capital, budgeting, and capital investment decisions.

FIN-3104: Investments I

This course teaches students about the securities industry and its regulatory environment as well as the impact of financial markets on investments. The features and pricing of fixed income securities, equity securities, and derivatives will be compared and contrasted. Students will also gain an understanding of the corporate financing process and learn how to analyze corporate financial statements.

FIN-4003: Canadian Banking

This introductory course provides students with an understanding and perspective towards an appreciation of the integrative, intricate nature of the financial and economic landscape. This will further increase awareness and expectations for the roles and responsibilities of the financial advisor.

CPS-1001: Co-op Preparation and Success

This course provides students with an introduction to work-integrated learning paths (Co-op and WIL Project) and assists with the preparation for successful transitioning from the classroom to the professional workplace. Students are introduced to the services and support systems available through the Co-op and Career Services Department as well as the Work Integrated Learning Policy. The process of career planning and development is introduced with a focus on the design of preliminary job search strategies. Emphasis is placed on valuable self-assessment and reflection that allows for skills discovery and personal development. Topics including teamwork, interpersonal expectations, intercultural communication as well as navigating conflict in the workplace are introduced to assist in the development and enhancement of in-demand soft skills. Learners will develop marketing materials including a cover letter and resume, and practice interview techniques.

Academic Break

MKT-4103: Customer Relationship Management Tools

FIN-4203: Investment Conduct and Compliance

This course provides students with an understanding of the Canadian securities industry regulations. Procedures surrounding participant registration, account opening, sales and trading and placing orders will be discussed. The appropriate ethical guidelines and corporate responsibility when dealing with client accounts, transactions and products will be highlighted.

FIN-4104: Investments II

This course builds upon concepts introduced in Investments I and provides students with a deeper understanding of portfolio management and the many different types of investment funds and products available. Investment analysis tools and techniques are explored, and students will appreciate the impact of taxation on investment returns. Students will also learn about key aspects when working with retail and institutional clients.

FIN-4013: Personal Finance Planning I

This course introduces basic personal financial planning principles culminating in the completion of a financial plan. Upon completion, students will be aware of some of the realities of advising in the financial services sector. Taking a holistic approach, students study key topics such as taxation, present and future values, financial planning process, credit and mortgages, personal financial statements, family lifecycle, insurance, retirement, estate and setting realistic and achievable goals.

FIN-1194: Insurance Planning

This course introduces students to the various types and characteristics of life and disability insurance, as well as the use of annuities and segregated funds in the formation of long term investments. The roles and responsibilities of the insurance agent surrounding policies, underwriting and claims will be discussed. The importance of ethical considerations and protecting the clients' interests will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will also be familiarized with basic tax principles surrounding life insurance.

CPS-2001: Career Preparation and Success

This course will provide students with key employment skills. Students will develop their skills in researching employers, networking, informational interviews and job search resources. As well, students will learn how to utilize social media, prepare effective cover letters & resume. This course will also prepare the students in the fundamentals of behavioural based interviewing

CPL-1049: Work Term - Full-Time*

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to: https://www.lambtoncollege.ca/co-op_and_career/

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CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

*In order to be eligible to participate in a full-time Co-op Work Term (CPL-1049) students must have a GPA of 2.8 or greater.

Failing to do so will require the students to enroll in CPL-5559 WIL Project at an additional cost to the student.

See the Costs tab for current fees.

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

Employment Opportunities

In the financial services industry there are several sectors where a graduate can be employed on an entry-level basis. These sectors include: banking, credit unions, mutual funds, investment dealers, stock brokerages, independent financial planning and insurance.

For more information about post-graduate work eligibility for international students, please review the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program information.

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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