Tier 1 RG146 Compliance2022-07-19T10:30:47+10:00

Tier 1 RG146 Compliance

Tier 1 RG146 Compliance

Tier 1 RG146 Compliance

Anyone giving financial product general advice under an Australian Financial Services Licence (AFSL) must satisfy ASIC’s RG 146 training standards. These are explained in Regulatory Guide 146 Licensing: Training of financial product advisers (RG146).

Our RG146 training courses are self-paced with online learning resources & on-going support. You have up to 12 weeks to complete the learning and assessment requirements for Tier 1 RG146. Experienced professionals can complete in less time.

Tier 1 RG146 Training Courses

To meet relevant training standards at the Tier 1 level, you must complete both Generic Knowledge and the specialist knowledge area you intend to provide general advice in.

Frequently asked questions

What is RG146?2022-05-26T15:55:22+10:00

RG 146 continues to apply to people who provide:

  • general advice,
  • personal advice on basic banking products, general insurance and/or consumer credit insurance, and
  • individuals who provide financial product advice in relation to a time-sharing scheme.

RG 146 refers to ‘Tier 1 products’ and ‘Tier 2 products’. As a result of the professional standards reforms, ASIC considers, in general, that:

  • Tier 1 products are relevant financial products, and
  • Tier 2 products are financial products that are not relevant financial products (i.e. basic banking products, general insurance products and/or consumer credit insurance, and time-sharing schemes).
About our Our RG146 courses.2022-05-23T17:25:38+10:00

We offer an online, modular approach, allowing you to study and complete one RG146 specialist knowledge area at a time.

What RG146 knowledge areas should I gain compliance in?2022-05-23T17:25:59+10:00

That would depend on your role and what financial products you provide advice in. You must be accredited to provide advice in all knowledge areas you intend to advise on. Consult your licensee if you are unsure or would like to discuss with them your desire to advise on additional knowledge areas.

Authorisation is the responsibility of your Australian Financial Services Licensee.

What are ASIC’s RG146 training standards?2022-05-23T17:26:07+10:00

ASIC’s training standards are sets of knowledge and (in some cases) skill requirements that must be satisfied by advisers before they give advice.

Knowledge and skill requirements vary depending on:

  • whether the adviser gives general or personal advice; and
  • what products the adviser gives advice on.
  • Some products are classified as being Tier 1, while others are Tier 2

The knowledge requirements are set out in Appendix A of RG146 and the skill requirements are set out Appendix B.

Do the RG146 courses meet ASIC’s requirements?2022-05-23T17:26:19+10:00

Under their Australian financial services licensing obligations, some firms are required to meet additional standards if any representatives give advice to retail clients (RG146).

To assist AFS Licensees, we follow the syllabus prescribed by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) for each Tier 1 and Tier 2 specialist knowledge area.

We are a Registered Training Organisation and an ASIC Authorised Assessor, so you can be assured that each RG146 course covers all the elements ASIC has specified advisers should learn. (RG 146.87).

What is the RG146 Course Duration?2022-05-24T11:25:45+10:00

Our RG146 Programs are self-paced with online learning resources & on-going support.

  • You have up to 12 weeks to complete the learning and assessment requirements for your Tier 1 RG146 Course.
  • You have up to 8 weeks to complete the learning and assessment requirements for your Tier 2 RG146 Course.
  • Experienced professionals can complete in less time.
  • An additional 4 weeks per course is available upon request. (We do not charge a fee for extension requests.)
What is the mode of assessment for RG 146 courses?2022-05-26T15:57:49+10:00
  • The assessment is online, open-book and does not need to be supervised.
  • If you are unsuccessful, you can request up to 3 attempts.
  • A practice assessment is available to you.


What is the expected study time for a RG146 course?2022-05-24T11:29:06+10:00

The study time all depends on your current knowledge and experience, however we estimate

  • 20 hours to complete a Tier 1 RG146 course or
  • 8 hours to complete a Tier 2 RG146 course.
What are the RG146 specialist knowledge areas?2022-05-24T11:35:20+10:00

Our Tier 1 specialist knowledge areas include:

To meet relevant training standards at the Tier 1 level, you must complete both Generic Knowledge and the specialist knowledge area you intend to provide general advice in.

Our Tier 2 specialist knowledge areas include:

What is the difference between Tier 1 and Tier 22022-05-26T15:38:07+10:00

ASIC has divided products into Tier 1 and Tier 2. Tier 2 products are generally simpler and better understood than Tier 1 products and are therefore subject to lighter training standards.

In RG 146 ASIC says it has taken this approach because while Tier 2 products carry certain risks, they:

  • are relatively straightforward;
  • do not have any investment component;
  • are subject to standard terms and conditions except for disclosed variations; and
  • are of limited life, often 12 months.

In practical terms, advisers on Tier 1 products are required to have Generic Knowledge plus specialist knowledge about the specific products they advise on and the markets in which they operate. This differs from ASIC’s syllabus for Tier 2 products, which covers only specialist knowledge requirements that are relevant to the adviser’s tasks and specific industry and product/s.

Tier 2 products are deposit products, non-cash payment facilities, and general insurance (other than personal sickness and accident insurance). Most other financial products are Tier 1, such as Securities, Managed Investments, Derivatives, Foreign Exchange, Superannuation, and Life Insurance.

Note that not all licensed financial products are in the RG 146 framework. For details of what financial products are in scope and whether they are Tier 1 or Tier 2, refer to RG 146.

Remember, licensees still have a general obligation to ensure that their advisers have the necessary skills to be competent to provide advice (s912A(f) of the Corporations Act). Studying RG 146 learning is an effective avenue for fulfilling this requirement.

How do I enrol my team?2022-07-01T11:18:08+10:00

You can enrol your team, either

  • Online. Find the right course and make an online purchase or
  • Talk with us to develop your team training program.
Study related fees2022-07-01T11:51:19+10:00

We do not charge additional study related fees.

  • Exam resit $0
  • Course extension request (4 weeks) $0
  • Certificate replacement fee $0

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