CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling

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Overview

This qualification reflects the role of financial counsellors working in a variety of agencies that meet the requirements for the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) exemption from a financial services or credit licence under ASIC class order 10/1063. Financial counsellors work across a variety of metropolitan, rural and remote settings.

All financial counsellors have specialist knowledge of legal remedies and options to manage debt and financial difficulty and are advocates who work in a model of social justice and client empowerment.

This qualification is NOT related to the work performed by financial planners or financial advisers whose role is to provide clients with strategies to address their investment options and require a financial services licence for their work under the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2010. This qualification is also not appropriate for financial capability workers.

This qualification does NOT refer to therapeutic counselling. Psychological issues, which affect individuals, families and groups such as gambling, substance abuse, child abuse and mental or physical health problems require referral to a professionally qualified practitioner. However, a recognition of, and an ability to work within, a counselling framework and the way in which other issues may interact with financial issues is highly relevant to financial counselling practice.

To achieve this qualification, you must complete 220 hours of work placement.

Though this course structure does not address the specific learning and assessment requirements for Rural financial counsellors, this option is available. Please contact the RTO for further information.

Skills for All Funded?

No

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills

Technical requirements for this course

Students must have access to a computer and the internet to allow them to study using our online platform (Moodle LMS). Students should be competent in using a computer.  The online program involves participation in synchronous (at the same time) and asynchronous (in your own time) learning assessment activities. You will require:

  • Computer or laptop
  • Stable internet connection
  • Fast and secure web browser. We recommend Chrome or Firefox
  • Web camera (or camera integrated into laptop or PC) and headset

USI: Mandatory Requirement for Students

It is a mandatory requirement of the Australian Government that all students undertaking study in Australia apply and procure a USI – Unique Student Identifier (free of cost). You can obtain further information and create your personal USI by visiting the website www.usi.gov.au. You will need the USI to apply for this course.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, participants can be employed as a financial counsellor in a range of organisations and settings, including non-government agencies in community settings across urban, regional and rural sectors.

Cost

Full Fee: $500 Application Fee (Non Refundable), $7000 Tuition Fee (Payment Plans Available)

Duration

9 Months

Delivery Mode

Blended Learning

Recognition

You may be eligible for Recognition for this qualification. Please see the Recognition Application Kit for more details.

Qualification Pathways

Participants who complete this qualification may wish to undertake the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Intake Dates

Semester 1, 2018

Induction: 7 February, 2018

More Information

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC51115 Diploma of Financial Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills

Technical requirements for this course

Students must have access to a computer and the internet to allow them to study using our online platform (Moodle LMS). Students should be competent in using a computer.  The online program involves participation in synchronous (at the same time) and asynchronous (in your own time) learning assessment activities. You will require:

  • Computer or laptop
  • Stable internet connection
  • Fast and secure web browser. We recommend Chrome or Firefox
  • Web camera (or camera integrated into laptop or PC) and headset

USI: Mandatory Requirement for Students

It is a mandatory requirement of the Australian Government that all students undertaking study in Australia apply and procure a USI – Unique Student Identifier (free of cost). You can obtain further information and create your personal USI by visiting the website www.usi.gov.au. You will need the USI to apply for this course.

Employment Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this qualification, participants can be employed as a financial counsellor in a range of organisations and settings, including non-government agencies in community settings across urban, regional and rural sectors.

Cost

Full Fee: $500 Application Fee (Non Refundable), $7000 Tuition Fee (Payment Plans Available)

Duration

9 Months

Delivery Mode

Blended Learning

Recognition

You may be eligible for Recognition for this qualification. Please see the Recognition Application Kit for more details.

Qualification Pathways

Participants who complete this qualification may wish to undertake the Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Intake Dates

Semester 1, 2018

Induction: 7 February, 2018

More Information

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