The following is a list of training institutions recognised by CCAA as offering courses which successfully integrate faith with counselling practice. Most of these institutions offer a variety of different qualifications, some of which meet the CCAA requirements for Provisional Membership and some of which do not. For a full list of courses (both Christian and secular) accredited by PACFA, click here.
To become a counsellor, you can study courses at a diploma level, bachelor degree, graduate diploma or master’s degree in counselling. Some courses are delivered by vocational education providers while others by higher education providers.
A counsellor’s level of qualifications and experience determines which level counsellors can work at within the sector.
Training providers and educational institutions can apply to have counselling and psychotherapy education programs assessed and accredited by PACFA. The accreditation process involves rigorous, independent assessment of counselling and psychotherapy training programs and leads to the designation of ‘PACFA Accredited Course’.
Students selecting a PACFA-accredited course can be assured that the quality of the course meets high standards in counselling and psychotherapy education and that it will be recognised by the profession. Graduates of PACFA-accredited programs are automatically eligible for PACFA membership, registration and listing on the PACFA and ARCAP Registers.
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory body responsible for all higher education. Higher education providers that have not been granted self-accrediting authority must have their courses of study accredited by TEQSA, guaranteeing quality programs.
Students can check the TEQSA website to ensure a counselling course is accredited.
The following is a list of training institutions recognised by CCAA as offering courses which successfully integrate faith with counselling practice. Most of these institutions offer a variety of different qualifications, some of which meet the CCAA requirements for Provisional Membership (Division 2) and some of which do not.
Courses that meet Provisional (Division 2), Graduate or Clinical Level entry
Courses that meet Provisional Division 1 Level Entry
Provisional Membership Division 1, requires the completion of an AQF Level 6 Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree or a Graduate Diploma that does not include a Practicum Placement (40 hours of client contact and 10 hours of clinical supervision).