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Program Code: 2483

School: School of Business

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter, Summer

Location: Progress Campus


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 2280

In just two years, the Financial Services program will help students to develop the communication, marketing, analytical and selling skills needed for the finance world, in which they will interact with and maintain clients. Covered in this School of Business offering will be financial topics as well as general business knowledge.

Upon graduating from this four-semester Financial Services program, students will qualify to write the:

  • Investment Funds Exam, which will license them to sell mutual funds
  • Canadian Securities Course (CSC™) qualifying exams
  • Life License Qualification program (LLQP) exam, which, upon passing, will qualify grads to write the Ontario Life Insurer exam

Successful completion of industry-recognized courses is essential for a career in the financial services industry. These courses have no substitutes. Registration in these courses will incur costs in addition to the regular Financial Services program tuition.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-112 Financial Accounting 1 Progress Campus
CCP-104 Contact Centre Environment Progress Campus
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Progress Campus
COMP-106 Applied Business Software 1 Progress Campus
FINA-230 Canadian Financial Services Progress Campus
MATH-128 Mathematics of Finance I - E Progress Campus

Semester Note

Students with an English assessment score of 170/171 will take COMM170/171 in the first semester.

MATH128 prepares students for MATH119, which is a required course for most School of Business Diploma programs. Applicants who test between 21/45 and 35/45 in the MATH Assessment test will be exempted from MATH128, and will take MATH118. Students who score 36/45 or higher will be exempted from MATH 128 and MATH 118 and will take MATH119.
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-221 Financial Accounting 2 Progress Campus
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Progress Campus
COMP-126 Applied Business Software 2 Progress Campus
FINA-110 Canadian Investement Funds Course Progress Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Progress Campus
MKTG-116 Principles of Marketing Progress Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ACCT-226 Taxation 1 Progress Campus
FINA-248 Retirement Consultant Certificate (RCC) Prep.1 Progress Campus
FINA-308 Conducts and Practices Handbook Progress Campus
FINA-339 Canadian Securities Course 1 Progress Campus
FINA-350 Financial Sales and Negotiation Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
BUSN-313 Career Action Progress Campus
FINA-340 Introduction to Life Insurance Progress Campus
FINA-343 Marketing Financial Services Progress Campus
FINA-348 Retirement Consultant Certificate (RCC) Prep. 2 Progress Campus
FINA-349 Canadian Securities Course 2 Progress Campus
GNED General Education Elective Progress Campus

Semester Note

Minimum 2.0 (C Grade) required to graduate.

Program Highlights

  • Experienced faculty members who are industry professionals will deliver the Financial Services courses.
  • Small class sizes will foster an environment in which students will receive individualized attention.
  • A combination of theory and practical application will ensure students are industry-ready upon graduation.

Articulation Agreements

Start with a diploma, end with a degree! Successful graduates of this Financial Services program will have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering universities that are available for this program. Students should note that each partnership has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, details for which are searchable here

University Degree
Athabasca University Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Management, 3 Yr
Bachelor of Management, 4 Yr
Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations
Davenport University Bachelor of Business Administration - Finance
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Fraud Investigation
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting Information Systems
Bachelor of Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
Masters in Business Administration - Professional Accountancy
Royal Roads University Bachelor of Commerce - Entrepreneurial Management
Business Degree

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in articulated programs with select universities, institutes and professional associations. These partnerships will allow them to apply credits earned at Centennial College towards further study.

The Financial Services program's educational partners are:

  • Algoma University
  • Davenport University

Please note: The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body — not by Centennial College. In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.

Career Outlook

  • Personal banking officer
  • Financial analyst
  • Investment advisor
  • Loan counsellor
  • Budget analyst
  • Stock broker
  • Mortgage specialist
  • Financial Planner
  • Retirement Planner

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Mathematics Grade 11 or 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Math Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

  • Students will be placed in the appropriate English level based on skills assessment results. This may lead to additional courses and require extra time and fees.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $950.00 $3,717.00
International $12,400.00 $2,145.00 $14,545.00