Top 3 skills you will achieve:
- Financial counselling
- Communication and advocacy
- Delivering client and community services in a community services sector context
Diploma of Community Services (Financial counselling)
Financial counsellors assist people with a wide range of financial difficulties. They provide information, support and advocacy with a knowledge of a range of law and policy, counselling methods, consumer credit, debt recovery, systems advocacy & community programs.
|Course Code:||D325 (National ID: CHC52108)|| |
|Careers:||Financial Counsellor, Community Worker|| |
Course delivered wholly online may take between 6 -18 mths depending on student's other commitments
|How:||Full time|| |
|Where:||LEEDERVILLE CAMPUSRICHMOND STREETLEEDERVILLE6007|| |
|Intake:||Contact us for study options|| |
|International study available:||No|| |
|Online study available:||Yes, this course is available fully online.|| |
|Uni pathway available:||Yes|| |
About the course Ask us a question about this course
In this course you will learn how to assist people with a wide range of financial difficulties. You will develop specialist skills and knowledge to support clients in decision-making processes, facilitate the financial counselling process, develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques especially in regard to credit and debt issues affecting clients and their rights and obligations. You will also gain an understanding of working with culturally diverse clients and co-workers within the community sector in the provisionof client services.
The Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) is only delivered (totally) online.
Students who are not WA citizens residents are required to pay a commercial fee rate per unit, for more information please email us.
Please note this qualification does NOT:
relate to the work performed by Financial Planners or Financial Advisors whose role is to provide clients with strategies to address their investment options.
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 an appropriately qualified professional.
However recognition of and ability to work on, within a counselling framework, the impact of these issues on personal financial matters is highly relevant to financial counselling practice.
If you have any queries about the course including information about how to gain credit for work experience, study or training you may have done, or wish to receive an application pack, please contact us via email at email@example.com
You can also download a flyer here
Where this course can lead you
With one or more of the Community Services qualifications from Central, your opportunities are endless. You could find yourself working in community services, financial counselling, youth work, aged care, disability, children's services and/or juvenile justice. This industry is currently experiencing a skill shortage so employment prospects after you finish your studies are positive.
Your Diploma of Community Services Work prepares you for roles such as:
Aged Care Worker
Skills you will gain from this course
Central's community services qualifications provide you with skills that are relevant to current industry trends and practices.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Work as a financial counsellor
Support clients in decision-making processes
Facilitate the financial counselling process
Use financial counselling tools and techniques
Understand credit and debt issues
- Work with socially disadvantaged and marginalised families and individuals in the community
Connected with industry
We ensure our industry partners are involved in the development of our courses and curriculum, so the skills you obtain are relevant in the workforce. We work with over 100 community services agencies throughout the metropolitan area. They include youth support centres, women’s refuges, drug and alcohol support services, mental health support agencies, aged care and disability agencies, family support services, migrant support services, prison and outcare services and support groups.
Central's focus on industry relevancy means practical course content geared towards getting you a career. It also means you have an opportunity to network with real professionals who could increase your chances of employment during or after study.
At Central, experienced community services workers are our lecturers. So you’ll be gaining the best experience possible from the people who have done exactly what you want to do. We have also assessed the practices this industry uses and replicated it within Central so when you leave, you'll be working in a familiar environment.
Central's university pathway arrangements mean your Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) will provide you with the opportunity for direct entry and an advanced standing in a University of Southern Queensland course.
University of Southern Queensland
Bachelor of Human Services, Bachelor of Science (Psychology)
Recognition of Prior Learning: 8 unspecified units.
Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling major)
Find out more about distance education study at USQ
Recognition of Prior Learning: 4 unspecified units.
The cost of this course is yet to be calculated so are not publishable at this time, however, you will be advised of your exact fees upon enrolment. For an estimate of costs, you may wish to contact our call centre on 1300 300 822.
Paying your fees
You will be expected to pay your course fees in full at the time of enrolment.
Fees can be paid at our student services offices at any of Central’s campuses. You can also pay by credit card over the phone, however, if you wish to pay by instalments, you will need to make your first payment in person and sign the payment plan terms and conditions.
Assistance may be available for those students experiencing financial hardship.
Find out more details about payment options
|Plan:||D325 - CU1209 - PSC|| |
|Description:||Complete 17 units: 11 core and 6 elective units|| |
Title: GROUP 01 - CORE UNITS
Description: Central Institute of Technology offer the units listed below. Please note: previously completed units may count towards this qualification. Please discuss with the teaching area to determine eligibility.
|D2209||CHCAD401D||Advocate for clients|
|D2362||CHCCSL501A||Work within a structured counselling framework|
|D2363||CHCCSL502A||Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills|
|D2370||CHCCSL509A||Reflect and improve upon counselling skills|
|D2529||CHCFIN501A||Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues|
|D2530||CHCFIN502A||Facilitate the financial counselling process|
|D2531||CHCFIN503A||Develop and use financial counselling tools and techniques|
|WC807||CHCCD404E||Develop and implement community programs|
|WC847||CHCCS411C||Work effectively in the community sector|
|WC871||CHCCSL503B||Facilitate the counselling relationship|
|WC872||CHCCSL507B||Support clients in decision-making processes|
Title: GROUP 02 - ELECTIVE UNITS
Description: Complete six (6) elective units. Below is an example
|D2343||CHCCS422A||Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately|
|D2377||CHCCW503A||Work intensively with clients|
|D2590||CHCLEG411A||Use relevant legislation in response to client needs|
|D8281||HLTHIR403C||Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers|
|WC794||CHCAD603B||Provide systems advocacy services|
|WD312||HLTWHS300A||Contribute to WHS processes|
Getting into this course
Candidates may gain entry into this qualification by demonstrating sufficient relevant work experience in a job role involving:
- self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth
- exercise of independent judgement and decision making
- application of technical & other skills
Success at this level of qualification may also be shown by completion of relevant studies (eg D284 Certificate IV of Community Services or D287 Certificate IV of Community Services Advocacy or equivalent)
The Application Process
The process for applying for a course at Central depends on whether you are a local or international student and the way that you will be studying: full time, part time, as an apprentice or trainee.
Our future students area of the website includes a handy guide to help you through the process depending on what type of student you are, and how you are planning on studying.
Visit our apply, enrol and pay guide
Applications to study this course in Semester 2, 2013 are now open
Apply online today to begin your study this year.
Recognition of Prior Learning
There are specific requirements and a customised RPL tool for candidates requiring recognition of prior learning for this course. If you wish to apply for RPL please request a Diploma of Community Services (Financial Counselling) Application Pack by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
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