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Study Options

If you are considering a career in counselling or psychotherapy, it can be difficult to choose from the many counselling and psychotherapy courses on offer. The counselling and psychotherapy profession is not regulated by government which means there is no specific course needed in order to be recognised as a professional in this field.

It is important to choose a course that will not only provide sufficient preparation to practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist, but that will enable you to become a registered practitioner. Registration will be important for your professional recognition once you are qualified.

The best way to ensure your training will address both of these needs is to choose a course that has been accredited by PACFA. For a list of PACFA-Accredited courses, go to the Accredited Courses page.

As a peak body that provides self-regulation of the counselling and psychotherapy profession, PACFA sets high standards for training and ethical practice which must be met in order to be eligible for registration with PACFA.

PACFA National Register

Registration with PACFA enables counsellors and psychotherapists to be recognised professionally as having appropriate training and practice experience for professional practice as a counsellor or psychotherapist. There are also annual renewal requirements to maintain PACFA registration.

For more information on the PACFA Register and its eligibility requirements, go to the National Register page.

Training Requirements

If you wish to be registered with PACFA, you will need to study a course that meets the PACFA Training Standards. For details of PACFA’s Training Standards, please see the Training Standards page. The PACFA Training Standards require undergraduate or postgraduate training that is accredited by government in accordance with the Australia Qualifications Framework (AQF) at levels 7 to 9.

There are also other membership options for those who train via other training pathways. 

For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.