C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling

Go to Enrolment Program Structures Search

Plan: C5360 - Diploma of 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 Financial Counselling
Qualification national code: CHC51115
Nominal hours: 1363
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
CRICOS code:

*Top of page

Purpose of the Program

This program is designed to provide the skills and knowledge you are required to have to work as a Financial Counsellor.

It is important to note that this qualification is NOT a program to suit financial planning or financial advice job roles.

Financial counsellors have an extensive knowledge of a range of areas of law and policy, including consumer credit law, debt enforcement practices, the bankruptcy regime, industry hardship policies and government concession frameworks.

Generalist financial counsellors work 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.

On successful completion of this program you will be equipped to:

  • provide specialist knowledge of legal remedies and options to manage debt and financial difficulty and to work in a model of social justice and client empowerment.
  • provide information, support and advocacy to assist people in financial difficulty.


*Top of page

Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you, upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification.

The Diploma to degree pathway enables RMIT graduates of the Diploma of Financial Counselling, who achieve a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher, a guaranteed offer and advanced standing into one of the School’s bachelor degrees:

To be eligible for the diploma to degree pathway promise, your VE program must have included graded assessments, which are used to assess your application. 

Learn more about articulation into Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have graduated from your current program. You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with the admissions officer of your program of choice.

Learn more about pathways and eligibility for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning into this program.

*Top of page

Entrance requirements

There are no pre-requisites for this program.

You will be asked to attend an Information session and interview prior to enrolment. You will also be asked to provide a personal statement outlining your interest in the sector and any previous relevant experience or knowledge of the sector.

*Top of page

External accreditation and industry links

Graduates of this program are eligible for membership of the peak body for financial counsellors in Victoria.


*Top of page

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.

*Top of page

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, ejournals 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 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


*Top of page
[Next: Learning outcomes]