Assessment Process

What does the assessment involve?

The Qualifications Assessment provides the comparability of the educational level of your overseas qualifications with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) educational levels. To be eligible for PACFA membership you are required to hold a qualification equivalent of an AQF Bachelor degree or higher (AQF levels 7-9) in Psychotherapy or Counselling.

The assessment of the level of your qualification(s) is dependent on many factors, including, but not limited to, the recognition and/or accreditation status of the awarding institution, underpinning studies, structure of the program, length and mode of study, level of academic achievement, and the course entry requirements.

Assessment against the PACFA Training Standards requires qualifications to meet the minimum training and supervised practice requirements in terms of a) the content of learning and b) the volume of learning.

Content of learning is assessed against the Core Curriculum outlined in the PACFA Training Standards (2018).

The minimum volume of learning must be 400 hours of instruction and should include at least 200 hours of direct person-to-person instruction. Of these, 140 hours must be taught face-to-face. 200 hours of instruction may be conducted via online asynchronous training for theory-based studies.

In addition, a minimum of 40 hours of face-to-face psychotherapy or counselling practice (client contact) with 10 hours of supervision (related to client contact) must be completed as part of the training.

Please note:

  • A qualification which lacks official recognition by the relevant educational authorities in the country of the award does not lend itself to comparison to a qualification on the Australian Qualification Framework.
  • Employment experience cannot compensate for the lack of a relevant formal qualification.
  • Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) may have additional requirements for membership. This qualification assessment does not guarantee a successful membership application.

Review of assessment outcome

If you disagree with the outcome of your assessment, you may request for a review of your application. To find out more about review, please send an email enquiry to

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