Hello all, I managed to come across the first thread through the search engine on study advice in the financial service industry. Similarly, I am looking to change my career as a paraplanner first and then as a financial planner. I have been working as a graduate in mechanical engineer for a little over 2 years, but have had unique explosure to commercial issues such as contract management. Regardless, I also have a Master degree in Technology Management. I hated engineering and always wanted to move in a finance related role. Reality tells me that it was almost impossible to move (even within the company which have financial roles) without further studies. Personally, I have relatively solid experiences in the investment market and macro economics through self study and personal investment. Understanding all range of investment vehicles from shares including LMI, ETFs, ETCs (commondities), future markets (indexes, commondities), forex and all kind of managed funds including a range of hedge funds. My passion is definitely into investment / wealth creation. Anyway, I have been looking to take up a Diploma of Financial Service (Financial Planning) but am trying to decide which education company I should go through. I will be doing this through distance learning as I cannot really take time off work to attend any of the intensive workshops. 1.) Kaplan offer the full DFS in distance learning for $695 x 4 = $2780. (without finsia membership) 2.) RS 146 Training Australia also offer a similar, if not identical course?, in distance learning for $2380. My main question is, which one should I go for? Which company offer a "better" recognised course? Offer better service such as personal advise/help during study? Which company offer better career help in looking for an entry level paraplanner job in the industry? Is one course better than other? Future education path through these companies? (possible advance toward the PostGraduate Applied Finance courses) I'm confused because the Kaplan recommended 60 hours for each course, bringing a total of 240 hours for the entire diploma. While RS 146 Training Australia say approximately 24 hours per course. Obviously, I would like to complete the course as soon as possible. Another difference is in their workshop offering (though I don't plan to take it but MAY consider if I face difficulties). Kaplan offer 3.5 full days per course while the other offer it in just 2 days per course. Would be great if anyone could help me out on this! Many Thanks. By the way, I live in Brisbane.