Assessment Process

What does the service involve?

The Qualification(s) Comparison compares the educational level of your qualification(s) to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) educational levels. Requirements for licensing as a financial adviser are detailed on the FASEA website.

Comparison of the level of your qualification(s) to the AQF is dependent on many factors, including, but not limited to, the recognition and/or accreditation status of the awarding institution, underpinning studies, structure of the program, length and mode of study, level of academic achievement, and the course entry requirements.

Please note:

  • A qualification which lacks official recognition by the relevant educational authorities in the country of the award does not lend itself to comparison to a qualification on the AQF.
  • Employment experience cannot compensate for the lack of a relevant formal qualification.
  • The Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority (FASEA) may have additional requirements for licensing. This qualification comparison to the AQF does not constitute or guarantee approval for FASEA licensing.

Review of comparison outcome

If you disagree with the outcome of the comparison, you may request for a review of your application. To find out more about reviews, please send an email enquiry to

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