Financial Adviser Kaiwhakatakoto Kaupapa Pūtea

Financial advisers give advice about financial planning, investing, insurance and other financial services.

All financial advisers must be registered on the  on the Financial Service Providers Register.

Financial advisers may do some or all of the following:

  • identify clients' short, medium and long-term financial goals
  • prepare suitable financial or investment plans
  • encourage clients to keep to their plans
  • review clients' taxation, retirement planning and sources of income
  • review clients' estate planning and insurance needs
  • report on clients' investments every three to six months.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for financial advisers includes:

  • banking or customer service
  • accounting or auditing
  • management.

Personal Qualities

Financial advisers need to be:

  • honest and trustworthy
  • able to keep information confidential
  • able to use good judgement
  • good at communicating and listening
  • skilled at planning
  • good at sales
  • strong problem solvers.


Financial advisers need to have:

  • the ability to understand and interpret financial and investment markets
  • knowledge of financial planning, taxation, investments, mortgages and insurance
  • the ability to research market and financial information.


Financial advisers:

  • usually work regular business hours, but may work weekends or evenings to meet deadlines
  • work in offices, but may travel to visit clients.

Subject Recommendations

NCEA Level 3 is required to enter tertiary training. Useful subjects include English, business studies, maths with statistics, economics or accounting.

Financial Advisers can earn around $70K-$120K per year.

Pay for financial advisers varies depending on qualifications, experience, the number of clients they have, and the type of work they do.

  • Authorised financial advisers with one to three years' experience usually earn between $70,000 and $120,000 a year.
  • Authorised financial advisers with three to seven years' experience, and an established client base usually earn between $100,000 and $250,000.

Financial advisers usually earn commission on top of their salary. For self-employed financial advisers, income may be entirely made up of commission.

Source: research, 2018.

Financial advisers may progress to set up their own financial planning businesses, or move into management roles.

Financial advisers may specialise in:

  • insurance
  • investments
  • risk management
  • sharebroking
  • underwriting
  • mortgages.


Years Of Training

1-2 years of training usually required.

To become a financial adviser you need to have a Financial Advice Provider (FAP) licence or be engaged to operate under a Financial Advice Provider's licence as a financial adviser or a nominated representative.

First, you hold a transitional licence for two years. After two years you need to apply for a full licence.

Financial Adviser