DIPLOMA IN TRUSTS AND ESTATES NEW ZEALAND
About the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates
This qualification is a STEP-approved programme of study, and is not accredited by NZQA. This course has particular relevance to people whose working life touches on, or who are involved with trusts and estates:
General practitioner lawyers and legal executives
Insurance and investment advisors
Trust specialists and trustee company employees
Law and business Students STEP membership
Each advanced certificate provides you with credits towards STEP membership, enabling you to become either a STEP Affiliate or Technician.
Completion of the diploma (all four certificates) will provide 120 credits towards membership of STEP, which when combined with prior qualifications and work experience, allows you to become a full member of STEP and use the coveted designation TEP (Trusts and Estates Practitioner).
For further details on how to gain Entry Level Credits via exam, accreditation and previous experience, see STEP’s qualifications and membership framework
The STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates is a practical and hands-on course designed and delivered by leading New Zealand trust and estate practitioners.
Applicants for a STEP Advanced Certificate are required to gain 60 entry level credits prior to enrolling on the course. 60 Entry Level Credits gives an applicant Affiliate Membership of STEP.
Entry credits can be gained through:
Relevant prior qualification - up to 30 Entry Level Credits (max)
Relevant experience - Up to 30 Entry Level Credits (max)
To apply for Affiliate Membership click here
Completing the diploma
The diploma is made up of four advanced certificates delivered via a combination of online modules, distance learning and weekend workshops. There is also the option to complete individual advanced certificates and gain a Certificate of Proficiency.
When you complete all four advanced certificates you will be awarded the STEP Diploma in Trusts and Estates.
You will then be eligible for membership of STEP, subject to practical experience requirements.
Delivery mode: Online and distance learning with two weekend optional workshops in central Auckland (a live-stream of the workshops may be available to participants based outside of Auckland – please contact STEP Education NZ (details below) to confirm)
Student learning time: 122 hours comprising 24 hours of class contact and 98 hours independent study (7 hours independent study per week)
Assessment structure: 100% examination
Each advanced certificate takes 14 weeks to complete and ends with a take-home exam. You can complete the four certificates in any order.
1. Creation of Trusts certificate
The certificate covers:
The trust concept (including fundamental trust concepts), the three certainties, the transfer of assets into trusts and applicable statutory and case law requirements.
The background and historical use and development of discretionary and fixed trusts in New Zealand including their use to avoid estate duty and income tax, the specific issues this gave rise to with the legal drafting of trusts, consideration of some of the diverse legislation that has promoted, shaped and limited trusts and beneficial interests, and an overview of the conceptual changes the Trusts Act 2019 will bring to New Zealand trusts.
A consideration of the ways in which trusts may be rendered ineffective or “attacked” under both legislation such as the Property (Relationships) Act, Property Law Act 2007 and Insolvency Act 2006 and under case law.
The trust instrument (an examination of typical clauses in a modern discretionary family trust deed).
A brief introduction to other trusts (charitable trusts, superannuation schemes and unit trusts, Maori trusts, resulting and constructive trusts).
2. Administration of Trusts certificate
The certificate examines trustees’ duties and liabilities, including making distributions, investing and delegating, and exercising trust powers improperly, and gives practical guidance on the discharge of those duties and liabilities.
3. Administration of Estates certificate
The administration of estates certificate assists executors and administrators in the core aspects of estate administration, including obtaining probate or letters of administration, addressing cross-border issues, dealing with creditors, potential claimants and beneficiaries, the transmission of assets and dealing with insolvent estates.
4. Taxation and Accounting for Trusts and Estates certificate
The taxation and accounting certificate provides an understanding of what is required to prepare and understand financial statements and relevant tax issues, including the application of the settlor regime, cross-border issues and tax avoidance.
Advanced Certificate 1: The Creation of Trusts
Start date: Saturday 13 March 2021
Weekend Workshop 1: Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 April 2021
Weekend Workshop 2: Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2021
Examination dates: Released Friday 4 June (4pm), Due Friday 18 June (4pm)
Applications close Monday 8 March 2021 - APPLY NOW
Cost and how to apply
Each advanced certificate costs $2,250 plus GST.
Please contact Megan Llewellyn at STEP Education NZ directly if you have questions or would like to enrol in any of these certificates:
Phone: +64 21 189 5546