Over the last 25 years, DeakinPrime has developed enduring and rewarding relationships with some of Australia’s leading financial services organisations, including CPA Australia, the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the Stockbrokers Association of Australia (SAA), the Institute of Public Accountants (IPA), ANZ and Westpac. Fundamental to DeakinPrime’s success is its ability to ensure that learning is relevant, performance-driven and timely. We offer our clients the best of both worlds: effective, flexible and focused learning solutions that are supported by university-standard learning materials and practices.
Financial services organisations will find a raft of services to suit their requirements, including a suite of RG 146 compliant training products, the mapping of organisations’ internal training to nationally accredited qualifications, one-on-one coaching sessions, and training in sustainability and the triple bottom line. In addition we offer measurement services that allow organisations to track and gauge the effectiveness of, and return on, their workforce development programs. This includes assessing individual learning, evaluating the effect on the organisation and best-practice benchmarking.
DeakinPrime’s collaboration with various financial services organisations is helping to raise the profile of nationally recognised qualifications within the financial services sector. Having suitably qualified financial advisers and planners who maintain proper ethical and professional standards has become increasingly important in the light of events such as the failure of Storm Financial and the recent challenges Commonwealth Bank has faced with their financial planners. In a move welcomed by the FPA, the CBA recently announced that all senior financial planners working for Commonwealth Financial Planning will need to have CFP® accreditation—the highest financial planning qualification, offered in Australia by the FPA—by 30 June 2017. Following on from the CBA announcement, AMP also recently unveiled an upgrade to educational standards for their financial planners.
According to Diem La, the FPA’s content manager, ‘the fact that the CBA has chosen the CFP Certification as the qualification that their senior financial planners must obtain shows they hold the certification in high regard—it is quite an endorsement’.
DeakinPrime has been working with FPA for over 25 years. Even longer is the relationship with CPA Australia, begun with Deakin University over 30 years ago. The longevity of these relationships and the consistently high quality of DeakinPrime’s learning materials are largely due to our expertise in project management, instructional design, assessment, editing, desktop publishing and multimedia design, as well as our trusted stable of knowledgeable authors, subject matter experts (SMEs) and technical reviewers. Equally important is our learning operations team, which deals with online administrative requirements, such as enrolling students, hosting student and assessor portals, conducting exams and results release. Our connection to Deakin University also means we can conduct exams at Deakin University–tested examination centres for clients such as the FPA.
As well as printed materials, DeakinPrime is now creating highly visual, media-rich, interactive learning experiences for the digital sphere. The cloud-based learning system architecture we are building supports learning and provides a high-quality learner experience anytime, anywhere, on any device. The focus is on content curation, personalisation and platforms that enable collaborative learning.
Wendy Palmer, head of learning design at DeakinPrime, notes: ‘The unprecedented amount of information produced in the last 10 years makes content curation one of the most valuable services DeakinPrime can offer: sourcing, collating and arranging information from peak bodies and experts and packaging it to provide more accessible and relevant learning resources’.
Personalisation gives learners better management and control of their own learning and helps them gain greater awareness of their current understanding so they can address learning gaps. DeakinPrime is also developing interactive learning activities and assessments that let learners gauge their knowledge and understanding of a subject. Some programs, such as Tier 1, for example, have been supplemented with online activities that let learners test their own knowledge.
DeakinPrime has also launched a CPD online product (Continuing professional development) and with the backing of Deakin University addresses the issue of rigour and reputation.
With the focus squarely on quality, DeakinPrime is set to continue as it has over the last 25 years, helping its clients produce top-quality educational materials.