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Recognising Overseas Qualifications

PACFA does not currently have reciprocal arrangements for recognition of counselling and psychotherapy training programs that are recognised outside Australia. This is an area that will be addressed by PACFA in the future.

The process for having overseas qualifications recognised by PACFA is as follows:

  1. Review the PACFA Training Standards to determine whether the overseas course is likely to meet the PACFA’s requirements.
  2. In order to be a practitioner under the PACFA umbrella, you will need to join a PACFA Member Association. It is therefore recommended that you seek advice from the PACFA Member Association you are interested in joining prior to submitting your membership application. For a list of the PACFA Member Associations, go the Member Associations page. In addition to meeting the PACFA Training Standards, some Member Associations have additional training standards over and above PACFA’s requirements. This is usually the case if you practice in a specialist therapy modality and will be seeking membership of an association for that specialist modality.
  3. Apply for membership of a PACFA Member Association. When applying, be sure to provide detailed information about the overseas course you have completed, for example a copy of the relevant pages from the course handbook.
  4. Once you have been accepted as a member of a PACFA Member Association, you may be eligible to apply for listing on the PACFA Register. PACFA registration is a sign that you have achieved substantial training and experience as a counsellor or psychotherapist. For details go the National Register page.


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