Advanced Diploma in Counselling - aifc

Advanced Diploma in Counselling

Advanced Diploma in Counselling


From 2020, Stirling Theological College are proud to be offering a Higher Education Advanced Diploma in Counselling to follow on from the aifc CHC51015 Diploma in Counselling. If you have completed a Diploma of Counselling either with aifc or another VET college, you may apply to Stirling for entry into the Advanced Diploma in Counselling. Please note that your counselling Diploma does not have to be the CHC51015, but there will be an approval process. Contact Stirling Theological college for course details and information on P: (03) 9790 1000.

From 2020 the new counselling awards pathway created by aifc and Stirling/UD is as follows:

  • Phase 1 (AQF level 5) CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling (aifc)
  • Phase 2 (AQF level 6) Advanced Diploma in Counselling (Stirling/UD)
  • Phase 3 (AQF level 7) Bachelor of Counselling (Stirling/UD) (starting in 2021)
  • Phase 4 (AQF level 8) 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual) (aifc)
  • Phase 5 (AQF level 9) Master of Counselling (Stirling/UD)

Frequently Asked Questions

I have completed a Diploma level course with aifc. Can I enrol into the Advanced Diploma in Counselling through Stirling/UD?

Yes, aifc students who have successfully completed a Diploma of Counselling with aifc will be able to enter the Advanced Diploma in Counselling with Stirling. Students will need to meet the recommendation to continue requirements.

I am currently enrolled in, or have completed 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian) with aifc. What is the next step for me?

Students who have completed aifc’s 10487NAT Advanced Diploma who wait until 2021, will not be able to enter into the 10134NAT course, but will be able to enter into the Stirling Bachelor of Counselling. The entry requirements for a new Graduate Diploma course are yet to be determined

Express your interest in the Advanced Diploma

If you are interested in hearing more about the new pathway and the Advanced Diploma of Counselling, please complete the form below and we will ensure that you are kept up-to-date with the latest information.

What should I look for when choosing a provider?

When choosing the Provider for your christian counselling education, it is important to ask yourself


Are the courses
Bible Based?

Ensure the course you enrol in is theologically sound. Our courses integrate Theology, Psychology and Spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


Are they taught
by professionals?

You want to make sure your teachers are well qualified. As a leading, accredited, national education provider we are committed to the highest level of professional excellence – demonstrated through the quality of our educators; and the process, delivery and outcomes of our courses.


Does it offer
flexible learning?

Flexible study options is important when choosing a course that's right for you. AIFC offers seminar online blended, and online supported modes of our course. You choose which delivery mode is best suited for your lifestyle and work commitments.

Is the study

Finding a course that fits your budget is important. With funding options and Austudy & Abstudy available to eligible students, our courses continue to be affordable and within reach of those seeking to become a qualified counsellor.


Are the courses accredited?

When looking for a suitable course, accreditation is essential. All our courses are nationally recognised. In fact AIFC is the only Christian counselling vocational education institution to be accredited by ACA, PACFA and is a member of ACPET.


At aifc, our sole focus is to train and equip Christian Counsellors. More than just a counsellor, a Christian counsellor trusts in God and listens to His still small voice above all else.

It’s a big difference.

Nicholas Marks, CEO aifc

Download the Course and Services Guide

We've put together a comprehensive course and services guide with everything you need to know about what aifc offers.

Fill out the form below and we'll send it straight to your inbox.