Clinical Membership

Clinical Members of PACFA are senior and experienced counsellors and psychotherapists. They are Full (voting) members of PACFA.

Clinical Registrants have undertaken training that meets the requirements of the PACFA Professional Training Standards and also meet the requirements for listing on the PACFA National Register as Clinical Registrants.

Training Requirements

The PACFA Training Standards 2018 came into effect on 14 April 2018. The PACFA Training Standards are based on the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) standards and levels of learning. See

Education and training in counselling and psychotherapy must be undertaken in an AQF (7-9) approved qualification at either the undergraduate or postgraduate levels. The minimum volume of learning requirements listed below apply to any program whether undergraduate or postgraduate.

400 hours of instruction (minimum) (applicable to AQF level 7-9).  This may be made up of

i) 200 hours direct person-to-person instruction of which 60 hours may be synchronous online (e.g., interactive webinars).

  • This equates to (140 hours) which must be solely taught face-to-face plus (60 hours) of synchronous training
  • The central focus of this person-to-person instruction is on interpersonal skills development

ii) 200 hours of instruction may be conducted via online asynchronous training for theory-based studies.

Supervised Practice Requirements

A minimum of 40 hours of face-to-face counselling or psychotherapy practice (client contact) with 10 hours of supervision (related to client contact) within training must be completed and assessed as successful by the training provider. Successful completion of supervised practice is required to be evidenced by a log signed by the responsible supervisor(s). In addition, for Clinical membership and registration, a further 750 hours of post-qualifying client contact linked to a further 75 hours post-qualifying supervision must be completed over two years (minimum). The total requirement is 790 client contact hours linked to 85 supervision hours.

Registration Requirements

In addition to the above training and supervised practice requirements, Clinical members are required to:

  • Hold professional Indemnity Insurance
  • Maintain high standards of ethical practice
  • Undertake annual requirements for supervision and continuing professional development

Recognition of Prior Learning

Where an applicant’s professional training and formation does not fit the above, but is based on extensive training, practice and supervision over several years, it may be possible to be admitted to the Register based on recognition of this prior learning (RPL). Please see the PACFA RPL Guidelines for more information.

Grandfathering Arrangements

Grandfathering arrangements apply in limited circumstances for Applicants you completed training under the former PACFA Training Standards (2014). The final cut-off date for the grandfathering scheme is 31/12/2023.


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