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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.

Diploma of Financial Counselling

To operate as a financial counsellor, a person needs to hold a Diploma of Financial Counselling or be studying for this qualification. 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 individual and systemic advocacy skills.

Other financial qualifications such as accounting or financial planning cannot replace the Diploma of financial counselling.

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

The following service providers offer the Diploma of Financial Counselling.

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

Australian Institute of Social Relations
Contact: Iain Henderson
Phone: 08 8245 8100 Fax: (07) 3257 7195
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Website: www.socialrelations.edu.au/

ICAN Learn
Contact: Bernadette Pascoe
Phone: 0488 229 133
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Website: www.icanlearn.edu.au

RMIT University
Contact: Jo Wallwork
Phone: (03) 9925 3983
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Website: www.rmit.edu.au

TAFE NSW
Contact: Sharna Dean
Phone: (02) 6391 5644
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Website: www.tafensw.edu.au

TAFE SA
Contact: Christine Heusler
Phone: (08) 8391 7391
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Website: www.tafesa.edu.au/

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

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