Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours a week are needed to complete the course?
This will vary depending on your work and study experience. If studying full time you could expect to spend approximately 30 – 35 hours during the 40 weeks of the course each year. If you are studying part time you could expect to be spending approximately 16 hours per week during the 40 week term. This is made up of course contact hours, home assignments and supervised practicum. Students who have little or no post-secondary school training experience may need to spend more time initially to develop their reading and study skills.
As you become more familiar with the requirements of the assignments, it gets easier and faster. Should the study commitments prove to be a burden we can discuss flexible learning options.
Can someone who hasn’t studied for years do the course?
It is certainly possible. We have had a number of students in the past who were out of touch from studies but were able to satisfactorily complete the course. A detailed student handbook, which is given out at the start of the course, will explain all you need to know about assignments. Moreover, aifc staff are always available to help you with the academic requirements.
Can someone with a very demanding job and other commitments complete the course?
Classroom activities are limited to three-day intensive training seminars at the beginning of each of the four terms and a one-day seminar at the end of the last term. This means it is possible for candidates to carry on with their vocation while attaining counselling competence. In the past, students have managed their other commitments while completing the course.
However, you need to allow enough time to do justice to the assignments, and you should be confident of setting aside four to five hours a day to satisfactorily complete the course assignments. Priorities have to be set in order to satisfactorily do the course without inflicting stress on you or your other commitments.
How do I enrol?
Click on the Enquire button located at the top of the home page and complete the Enquire now form. If you would like to ask some questions about a specific course or a general question about studying with aifc please call 1300 721 397.
Will I receive a certificate?
Yes, if you complete all the requirements of a course you will receive a nstionally recognised Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Graduate Diploma. If you complete part of a qualification you will receive a Statement of Attainment for the units you have successfully completed.
How do I get access to counselling practice throughout the course?
At the Diploma level, student will practice counselling skills with a learning partner.
In the second half of the Advanced Diploma and Graduate Diploma courses students are required to source clients with whom to complete some counselling sessions. Student may choose to find clients through their own networks or establish themselves with a volunteer or paid placement. Aifc has partnerships in some states with organisations that offer volunteer placements for Graduate Diploma students.
What sort of career will these courses equip me for?
aifc graduates are amongst the most employable in the industry, with accreditation from the major Associations, the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) and the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA), combined with a strong emphasis on Christian theology and the best therapies available in psychological research.
aifc graduates are equipped for work in a Christian and secular context. The training will enable you to build on your skills to support your current vocation.
Here are some of the vocational options you may consider:
- Pastoral Care
- Youth Work
- Chaplaincy (in schools, prisons, Defence Force etc)
Private Practice Counsellor Or Counsellor or Support Worker in a range of organisations such as:
- Family support services
- Women’s health centres
- Not-for-profit ministries/organisations
- Government agencies
- Sexual or Community health services
- Refugee support services
- Indigenous community service organisations