Transform peoples’ lives and gain the experience and skills to become a valued financial counsellor in rural areas. Learn community-minded approaches to work productively and ethically with small rural businesses, and empower clients to improve their financial health.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work directly and one-on-one with vulnerable people from diverse backgrounds Help clients understand their legal and financial rights
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Support and counsel clients through financial decision-making
Identify and apply technical information to assist clients with financial issues
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience sourcing and completing 220 hours of mandatory work placement in industry
Confidence in working directly and one-on-one with vulnerable people from diverse backgrounds
The ability to help clients understand their legal rights
Skills in recognising and responding to crisis situations
Techniques to support and counsel clients through financial decision-making
Eligibility to apply for registration with your state’s counselling associations
A strong pathway to further study
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Recent employment in the financial counselling or rural financial counselling fields, or an expressed desire to enter the financial counselling sector
Existing qualifications or experience working in finance, banking, accounting, financial planning, business finance or counselling
Cultural sensitivity with a range of clients from disadvantaged or vulnerable, culturally and linguistically diverse, and/or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples/cultures
A non-judgmental and open-minded approach to your work
The ability to confidently advise clients and make decisions
Written and maths competency at an RUREADY language, literacy and numeracy test level 4
The desire to help and empower people and small businesses in debt
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
Family Support Workers assist the work of Social Workers and Welfare Workers by providing services and support to families.
Other jobs include: Financial counsellor Rural financial counsellor
To be able to work in the industry, you’ll need to gain membership with your state’s financial counselling bodies. Your teacher will provide more information throughout the course.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Diploma of Financial Counselling (Rural) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Diploma of Financial Counselling (Rural) does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Financial Counselling (Rural) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency, including 14 core and 3 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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