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



Our courses integrate theology, psychology and spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experienced professionals in their field. High quality teaching, combined with one-on-one access to trainers makes the difference.



aifc offers both live online and face-to-face training. You choose which delivery mode is best suited to your lifestyle and work commitments.


Our courses include a range of VET accredited qualifications and non-accredited short courses. aifc is also the only Christian counselling provider to be accredited by ACA, CCAA and is a member of ITECA.



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.


Membership to aifc Counsel

An innovative online counselling platform, that offers state-of-the-art counselling features with the opportunity to collaborate with your counselling peers and build a thriving counselling practice.


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

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