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In order to work as a financial counsellor you must complete the required qualification, be eligible for membership of a state based financial counselling association, complete the required amount of professional development annually and receive professional supervision.

CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling

To operate as a financial counsellor, a person needs to hold a

CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling or be studying for this qualification. CHC51115 The Diploma of Financial Counselling is a nationally recognised qualification offered by a number of training providers.

The course can be completed in one year of full-time study or over two years part time. The course combines online learning and face-to-face lectures, and includes 220 hours of placement in a financial counselling agency.

Financial counselling is a unique blend of counselling and advocacy work delivered within a framework of social justice. The course includes study of a number of areas of law, including consumer law, credit law and bankruptcy, as well as counselling and advocacy skills.

Other financial qualifications such as accounting or financial planning cannot replace the “CHC51115” Diploma of Financial Counselling.

To find out more about the “CHC51115” Diploma of Financial Counselling, training.gov.au.

There are currently nine Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offering the Diploma of Financial Counselling (CHC51115). We suggest that prospective students contact any RTOs they are interested in studying with directly.

The list is in alphabetical order. Here is a series of questions you may wish to ask your RTO to help inform your decision about where to study.

Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
Contact: Sandra Polpetto
Phone: (07) 3112 2000 Fax: (07) 3257 7195
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.aipc.net.au

Australian Institute of Social Relations
Contact: Iain Henderson
Phone: (08) 8245 8100 Fax: (08) 3257 7195
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.socialrelations.edu.au/

ICAN Learn 
Contact: Rebecca Richards
Phone: (07) 4031 1073
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.icanlearn.edu.au

RMIT University
Contact: Jo Wallwork
Phone: (03) 9925 3983
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.rmit.edu.au

TAFE NSW
Contact: Melanie Harris
Phone: (02) 6842 0726
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tafensw.edu.au

TAFE SA
Contact: John Morris
Phone: 0477 741 429
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tafesa.edu.au/

The Salvation Army Eva Burrows College of Vocational Training
Contact: Kat Georgiadis
Phone: 02 9502 5008
Email: [email protected]
Website: evaburrowscollege.edu.au/

South Metropolitan TAFE
Contact: Lydia Demamiel
Phone: (08) 9497 0903
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.southmetrotafe.wa.edu.au

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