C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling

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Plan: C5360 - Diploma of Financial Counselling
Campus: City Campus

Program delivery and structure

Approach to learning and assessment
Work integrated learning
Program structure

Approach to learning and assessment

The program is delivered over 12 months full-time at the RMIT City Campus. This program is delivered using a blended model, approximately 70% face-to-face and 30% online.  

Online learning occurs via Canvas, where you will access learning activities and subject-matter reading to support the workshop activities.  You will use Discussion Boards to continue with learning activities in the weeks between on-site workshops.  You will have extensive training in the use of Canvas during your induction in February. 

There is a WIL component to the program.  You are required to complete 220 hours of work placement.  You will be supported by a RMIT to secure a suitable WIL placement.  

The approach to learning and assessment for this program will include both supervised and non-supervised forms of training delivery. 
Supervised training is teacher directed learning and assessment activities. This includes: 

  • Work placements which are mandatory requirements.
  • Structured online learning activities where there is real time access to your teachers e.g. online lectures, teacher led discussions and online activities.
  • Face-to-face learning e.g. tutorials, lectures, scheduled classes.
  • Assessment tasks.

You will also need to work independently, this includes:

  • Independent study activities such as research, reading, practical and/or theoretical practice tests or assessments. 

If you have a long-term medical condition, disability and/or other form of disadvantage it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the Program Coordinator or the Equitable Learning Service Unit (https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/equitable-learning-services) if you would like to find out more. 

Information relating to Covid

Please note that this program’s courses (whether core, option, or university elective courses) may have mandatory in-person attendance or assessment to pass the course.

If you are choosing to enrol in a course which has mandatory in-person attendance or assessment, you will need to comply with RMIT vaccination requirements which are applicable during the duration of the course. This RMIT requirement includes being vaccinated against COVID-19 or holding a valid medical exemption.

Please read this RMIT Enrolment Procedure as it has important information regarding COVID vaccination and your study at RMIT: https://policies.rmit.edu.au/document/view.php?id=209.

Please read the Student website for additional requirements of in-person attendance: https://www.rmit.edu.au/covid/coming-to-campus

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Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice. As a student enrolled in this RMIT program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities;
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations;

and in addition:

  • these interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a WIL experience may be simulated.

You are required to complete 220 hours of work placement. You will be supported by RMIT to secure a suitable placement. 

If you are currently employed in the sector in a role directly related to your studies, this may contribute to your placement hours. 

The designated WIL courses for this program are:

  • CHCFIN001 Facilitate the financial counselling process
  • CHCFIN002 Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues
  • CHCFIN003 Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques

Industry Placement Requirements

A WIL agreement including schedule and relevant insurance documentation is required to be completed before commencing each placement. 
In the case where a placement ends early, please refer to Changes or Cancellation of WIL Activities in the WIL Guideline.

A current Police Check is required by students to complete the placement component of this program.

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Program Structure

This qualification requires the completion of 17 units - 14 core units and 3 elective units. Note: Historical course 051489 is no longer delivered.

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C5360 Courses

C5360 Core Units - Select ALL Fourteen (14) Courses

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Facilitate the interests and rights of clients (CHCADV001) 100 LAW5734C City Campus
Provide systems advocacy services (CHCADV005) 90 LAW5735C City Campus
Recognise and respond to crisis situations (CHCCCS019) 45 HWSS6071C City Campus
Develop and implement community programs (CHCCDE002) 125 HWSS6119C City Campus
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship (CHCCSL001) 100 OHTH5924C City Campus
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills (CHCCSL002) 60 HWSS6120C City Campus
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process (CHCCSL003) 120 OHTH5923C City Campus
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes (CHCCSL007) 120 HWSS6121C City Campus
Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001) 40 GEDU6077C City Campus
Facilitate the financial counselling process (CHCFIN001) 85 BAFI5232C City Campus
Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues (CHCFIN002) 80 BAFI5233C City Campus
Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques (CHCFIN003) 65 BAFI5234C City Campus
Interpret and use legal information (CHCLEG002) 65 HWSS6122C City Campus
Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003) 120 EMPL7098C City Campus
C5360 Elective Units - Select Three (3) Courses.

Course Title

Nominal Hours

Course Code


Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes (CHCMGT005) 120 HWSS6102C City Campus
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness (CHCSOH001) 85 HWSS6073C City Campus
Identify and provide initial response to family violence risk (VU22733) 50 HWSS6178 City Campus

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