C5334 - Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)

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Plan: C5334 - Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)
Qualification national code: CHC52108
Nominal hours: 1175
Career: TAFE
Duration: 12 Months Full-time, 2 years part-time
Location: City campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
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Purpose of the Program

This program is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to assist people faced with debt and other financial issues. This includes specialist knowledge, paralegal skills and competencies especially in regard to credit and debt issues affecting clients and their legal rights and obligations. It also requires a solid understanding of social and systemic issues that impact on financial counselling clients. These skills and knowledge may be applied in casework, community development and social justice contexts

This Diploma represents the minimum qualification required to work as a Financial Counsellor, alongside other eligibility conditions, required by the Australian Securities and Investment Corporation.


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Articulation and pathways

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program.

Upon successful completion of the Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling)you may be eligible to undertake further studies in the following programs at RMIT University:

  • BP026 Bachelor of Social Work
  • BP110 Bachelor of Social Science (Policy and Research)


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Entrance requirements

To gain entry into CHC52108 Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) it is recommended that you 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 area
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills
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External accreditation and industry links

This nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification has been validated by the Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council.

RMIT works closely with major Victorian community services employers to meet the needs of people who are entering the community services workforce, and also provides the ongoing upskilling needs of existing workers. The teaching staff within the program have extensive industry experience and networks with industry partners. This program has been developed in close collaboration with the Financial & Consumer Rights Council and represents current best practice and knowledge within the sector

Successful completion of this Diploma enables you to be eligible for membership of the Financial and Consumer Rights Council. 


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library Resources and Services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library.

You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT

(www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT: http://www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.  Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance
  • We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students

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