Diploma of Financial Counselling

National Code: CHC51115
TAFE SA Code: TP00942


Gain the skills and knowledge to be able to deliver a specialist service within the community services sector. This course will provide you with specialist knowledge, paralegal skills and competencies focusing on credit and debt issues affecting clients and their rights and obligations. It provides a solid understanding of social and systemic issues that impact on financial counselling clients.

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24 months 

Part Time

Counsellor and Community Worker

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  • You must be working in a related industry and will be required to provide evidence of this before an offer is made
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

    • If you wish to apply for a VET Student Loan (VSL) and are unable to provide evidence of successful completion of SACE Stage 2, or equivalent Australian Year 12 certificate, or completion of Certificate IV or above you can complete the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
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  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Job role titles may include: Financial Counsellor, Senior Financial Counsellor, Rural Financial Counsellor.

    This qualification applies to financial counselling, which is a specialist service assisting people faced with debt and other financial issues. This work requires specialist knowledge, paralegal skills and competencies especially in regard to credit and debt issues affecting clients and their rights and obligations as well as solid understanding of social and systemic issues that impact on financial counselling clients. It may be applied in casework, community development and social justice contexts.

    · This qualification is NOT related to the work performed by financial planners or financial advisors whose role is to provide clients with strategies to address their investment options.
    · 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 on the way in which other issues may interact with personal financial issues is highly relevant to financial counselling practice.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Financial Counselling (CHC51115)
    This qualification includes basic counselling skills for effective interactions with clients in the Human Services industry. The course covers counselling practice, risk, ethics, counselling theories, case management, cultural diversity, and electives on relationships, grief and loss and mental health. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 13 core units and 4 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2020 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills 60
    Develop and implement community programs 125
    Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques 65
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship 100
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process 120
    Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
    Facilitiate the financial counselling process 85
    Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues 80
    Interpret and use legal information 65
    Provide systems advocacy services 90
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Support counselling clients in decision-making processes 120
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management 75
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    Maintain work health and safety 40
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Social Science (Ageing and Disability)
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