Diploma Training


To become a Financial Counsellor you will need to complete the Diploma of Financial Counselling including the 220 hour workplacement component.

The Diploma of Financial Counselling is a nationally recognised qualification that is offered by a number of training providers. The course comprises of 17 units of study. It can be completed full time or part-time. A 220 hour structured work placement (volunteer) in a financial counselling agency is a part of the course.

About Workplacements:
Workplacements may be difficult to find depending on your location, each agency’s capacity or policy on work placements or the number of students in your area seeking workplacements. You can find the names and locations of Financial Counselling agencies by using the Find a Financial Counsellor Directory on our homepage.
Because there can be limited workplacements opportunities, workplacements are offered by Financial Counselling STEPs Simulated Workplace (

Training Providers:
A list of training providers who deliver the Diploma of Financial Counselling CHC51115 or CHC51122 is below. Tuition costs, study options and course duration vary between each provider. View their websites or contact them for further information including workplacement options they are able to provide. 

To assist with the cost of tuition, scholarships are available for eligible students.

Assistance for First Nations students:
ICAN Learn offers scholarships for First Nations students undertaking the Diploma in Financial Counselling. 
TAFE NSW also offers fee free tuition for eligible First Nations students.
FCAN encourages First Nations people considering undertaking the Diploma to apply for an FCAN Scholarship or contact us to find out more about assistance with tuition costs.



In June to early August each year FCAN runs a scholarship program for people studying CHC51115 or CHC51122 (or intending to study this qualification) who intend to work as a qualified Financial Counsellor in NSW. FCAN Scholarships assist with tuition costs. Eligibility criteria applies.

View the most recent Scholarship Guidelines.
Scholarship recipients are announced in September each year.


Applications for the Jan Pentland Scholarship open in January/February each year and recipients are announced in May.

Find out more on the Jan Pentland Foundation website

ICAN Learn Scholarships for First Nations Students

View the ICAN Learn website for further details, criteria and applications.

The training providers currently offering the
Diploma of Financial Counselling:

Aust Institute of
Professional Counsellors

ICAN Learn

ICAN Learn

Relationships Aus.

t/as Australian Institute of Social Relations

tafe sa

South Australia


New South Wales

Eva burrows

The Salvation Army
t/as Eva Burrows College

View the full list of training providers

That are delivering the
Diploma of Financial Counselling CHC51122 in NSW: