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Diploma of Financial Counselling


As a Financial Counsellor, you will have the ability to assist those who are facing financial hardship.

AIPC is the largest provider of counselling courses in the country. We have specialised in counsellor training for over 30-years. We have proudly helped over 55,000 people from 27 countries pursue their personal and career interests in counselling.

Our Diploma of Financial Counselling provides you with the specialised skills and knowledge to work in the field of Financial Counselling, with underpinning understanding of the Counselling and Community Services disciplines.

Whether you are seeking a fresh start in a worthwhile profession; or want to acquire financial counselling skills as an adjunct to you core profession – such as teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators, the Diploma of Financial Counselling is applicable to people from all backgrounds.


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Icon-Course-Delivery Course Delivery

Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced

Icon-Duration Duration

12 months (full time)

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17 Units

You are able to gain entry to the Diploma of Financial Counselling if you have:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed Year 12, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed a Certificate III qualification, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick have at least 3 years of sufficient life experience (work or study), if over 21 years of age.

  • Icon-Small-Tick Reduced Upfront (and enjoy a substantial discount).
  • Icon-Small-Tick Monthly Payment Plan (take advantage of our monthly payment plans over 21 or 24 months).
  • Icon-Small-Tick Pay via Credit Card or Direct Debit.

Our Student Support Centres are located in:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Brisbane
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sunshine Coast
  • Icon-Small-Tick Gold Coast & Northern Rivers
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sydney
  • Icon-Small-Tick Melbourne
  • Icon-Small-Tick Adelaide
  • Icon-Small-Tick Perth

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Why study our Diploma of Financial Counselling

Our Diploma of Financial Counselling is a journey of self discovery, providing deep insight into why you think and behave as you do.

0 Career ready

When you graduate, you will be extremely well prepared to pursue a career in Financial Counselling – enjoying our strong industry reputation and linkage.

1 Extremely applicable

The Diploma is extremely applicable to people from all sorts of backgrounds. Whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire counselling skills as an adjunct to your core profession – such as teachers, nurses, ministers of religion, corrective services officers and administrators.

2 Counselling education specialists

We believe you're better off learning from a specialist than a generalist. Many training providers deliver courses across a variety of industries. At AIPC, we prefer to concentrate on counselling and community services education.

3 Flexible learning

With so many demands on our time it can be difficult to fit study in around other commitments, that's why Diploma of Financial Counselling has been designed to maximise your learning from home where you can progress through your studies at your own pace.

Course Outline


[CHCDIV001] Work with diverse people

This unit gives the student the opportunity to reflect upon gender, culture, ethnicity, subculture, sexuality and ability and how they are each to be valued and respected within our community and a counselling context.

[CHCCSM005] Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management #

Students will obtain the ability to develop and implement case management processes to allow for planning, monitoring and reviewing for effective service provision.

[CHCCCS004] Assess co-existing needs #

In this unit, students will learn how to determine a range of suitable services to address diverse client needs, through client assessment and liaising with specialists.

[CHCADV002] Provide advocacy and representation services #

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills required to formally advocate for clients within the service.

[CHCADV005] Provide systems advocacy services # *

Through this unit students will learn how to advocate for improvements to service delivery to enhance client outcomes.

[CHCCDE002] Develop and implement community programs *

Students will gain the skills and knowledge to be able to source, analyse, develop and implement community programs.

[CHCCSL001] Establish and confirm the counselling relationship #

The unit introduces a structured approach to counselling to establish the client-counsellor relationship.

[CHCCSL002] Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills #

This unit involves the exploration and application of skills and knowledge required to use advanced interpersonal communication skills to facilitate the client-counsellor relationship in a counselling situation.

[CHCCSL007] Support counselling clients in decision-making processes #

Students learn how to assist clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action.

[CHCCSL003] Facilitate the counselling relationship and process #

This unit covers the counselling relationship and the process of counselling clients over a number of sessions.

[CHCCCS019] Recognise and respond to crisis situations #

This unit covers how to identify, address and respond to crisis situations.

[CHCFIN001] Facilitate the financial counselling process # *

Through this unit, students learn how to assess and respond to initial and ongoing client needs through the financial counselling process.

[CHCLEG002] Interpret and use legal information # *

Students learn how to source and interpret relevant legislation and regulations to support clients.

[CHCFIN002] Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues # *

This unit covers the requirements for being able to use technical information to assist clients with financial issues.

[CHCFIN003] Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques # *

Through this unit, students will learn how to approach the development of tools, resources and techniques required within the Financial Counselling field.

[CHCADV001] Facilitate the interests and rights of clients # *

This unit focuses on the individual needs and rights of clients and how to assist them.

[CHCPRP003] Reflect on and improve own professional practice

This unit focuses on the need for counsellors to partake in supervision, professional development and reflective process in order to be effective within their counselling field.

# These units require practical demonstration of skills.
* This course also requires completion of a work placement of a minimum of 220 hours.

The Diploma of Financial Counselling (CHC51115) has recently been updated by industry. When you enrol into the Diploma of Financial Counselling, you will automatically be transitioned to the new Diploma of Financial Counselling (CHC51121) from 1 January 2024.

At AIPC we have a payment method to suit every student. If you decide to pay for your course upfront you will enjoy a substantial discount, and you can concentrate on your studies without thinking about further payments.

If you would prefer to spread your payments, you can take advantage of our monthly payment plans over 21 months.

To further assist make training as accessible as possible, we separate payment for tuition (theory elements) from that of the practical course elements. Payment for the practical elements is done as they are undertaken. See full details below.

We always strive to keep tuition as affordable as possible, opening up quality education for everyone.

Reduced Upfront Payment
Monthly Payments**

Diploma of Financial Counselling

x 21 months

*Total upfront course cost is $6,330, which includes tuition of $4,790, plus 11 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid for as they are undertaken. They can be completed either on-campus (via nine 1-day and one 2-day workshops), online (via Zoom/Skype), by uploading a video demonstration, or by having a private assessor assess your skills.

**Monthly payments can be made by Credit Card or Direct Debit.

For over 30-years AIPC has set the benchmark for service and support in external counselling studies. We are the only counselling educator to offer a complete external study support system that has been developed and refined over decades of research and continual student feedback.

As a student you have unlimited access to the Institute’s Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line. Our Degree-qualified Education Advisers are available 9am and 5pm EST Monday to Friday to provide you with friendly academic support. Their focus is to support you throughout your studies so you can graduate in the time frame you set. This includes answering questions on assignment topics, personal coaching on assignment writing, and giving hints and tips on specific concepts. The Study Assistance Line is there whenever you feel you need a bit of extra guidance.

The structure of the Diploma of Financial Counselling ensures you graduate with sufficient practical skill so you can apply your financial counselling knowledge with confidence. The course includes a number of practical components that cover a range of topics including Case Management, Counselling and Interview Skills, the Financial Counselling Process and practical application of Financial Counselling techniques.

Because we have students all across Australia, and indeed the world, we provide a variety of flexible options to enable timely and effective completion of the practical components. Regular seminars give you the opportunity to apply the theory you have learned in contemporary counselling scenarios. They are also a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of a qualified Lecturer. Seminars are held regularly in most capital cities throughout Australia.

Students who may not be able to attend seminars for whatever reason, can elect to complete the practical components through alternate means, such as a one-on-one or small group session with a private assessor. We have private assessors in numerous regional areas across Australia.

Students can also complete their practical components by recording their demonstration of skills and uploading to us. We have guidelines available to assist students compile their recordings and develop effective role plays to demonstrate their skills.

Optional tutorials are a support service that is available at most Student Support Centres. Tutorials provide you with support on each written subject. They are conducted as a two-hour mini-lecture and will assist you in understanding theory, provide you with tips on how to structure your study timetable, help you successfully compile your assignments and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

If you are unable to attend a tutorial, you can always call our friendly Education Advisers on the national Toll Free Study Assistance Line and have your questions answered over the phone – or just email your Tutor.

The Institute website is an extremely helpful study resource. Via the website you can access the My.AIPC Student Portal which is your link to numerous study support and e-learning functions. You can:

  • Download electronic versions of your workbooks,
  • Complete your activities and upload for marking,
  • Contact an Online Education Adviser for study assistance,
  • Access the Knowledge Base, a massive database of the most commonly asked academic questions, categorised for particular subjects, activities and concepts,
  • See when seminars are available in your area,
  • Plus much more.

The Institute has developed a comprehensive range of resources to help you expand your knowledge and practical skills throughout your studies and beyond.

As a student you receive a complimentary subscription to The Professional Therapist magazine. The Professional Therapist is a quality industry publication full of practical case studies and counselling scenarios to hone your skills and broaden your knowledge.

The Institute also has a large reference list of books and resources for students who wish to broaden their reading. This list covers the areas of Counselling, Psychology, Sociology and Behavioural Science.

Capitalising on the accessibility of the internet, the Institute has developed two websites to complement your studies. The Institute's Articles site at is an online facility where you can browse numerous articles on a variety of counselling topics. And Counselling Connection, the Institute's official blog, at, assists you with access the latest information about counselling and what's happening in the industry.

There are also numerous ways to connect to the Institute through social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Google + and Google Communities.

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