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Take the first step towards a rewarding career in counselling. The Diploma of Counselling will give you skills you can use in your existing role to support people through difficult situations.

Counselling skills can be useful in many types of positions where you need to deal with others in a professional and caring way. Studying to become a counsellor is an interesting and fulfilling way of giving back to a community or working environment.

This qualification can also be useful for existing workers who wish to develop complimentary skills for their workplace, such as those in human resources, massage therapy, teaching or nursing.

Career Pathways

Occupational titles/roles may include:

  • Counsellor
  • Family support worker
  • Problem gambling worker
  • Rehabilitation counsellor
  • Social and support worker
  • Therapist

Course Details


18 months full time equivalent.

Course Materials

All course materials provided.




Access to internet and email.

Delivery Method

17-19 face-to-face workshops.


Assignments and workplace assessments.


To gain entry into this diploma it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving the:

  • Self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • Exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • Application of relevant technical and other skills

Student Support

Expert trainer, dedicated Training Coordinator (email/phone support), online tutorials and study workshops, and mentor program.

Units of Study

There are 17 units to be completed in this community services qualification - 14 core and three (3) elective units in accordance with the packaging rules.


CHCCM503CDevelop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case managementCHCCS514BRecognise and respond to individuals at riskCHCCSL501AWork within a structured counselling frameworkCHCCSL502AApply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skillsCHCCSL503BFacilitate the counselling relationshipCHCCSL504AApply personality and development theoriesCHCCSL505AApply learning theories in counsellingCHCCSL506AApply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues (Note pre-requisite CHCCSL502A)CHCCSL507BSupport clients in decision-making processesCHCCSL508BApply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practiceCHCCSL509AReflect and improve upon counselling skills (Note pre-requisites CHCCSL501A, CHCCSL503B, CHCCSL507B)CHCCSL512ADetermine suitability of client for counselling servicesHLTHIR403CWork effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workersHLTWHS300AContribute to WHS processes


CHCFAM417BIdentify and use strengths-based practiceCHCFAM503BWork with a child focused approachCHCAOD510BWork effectively with clients with complex alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCCS403CProvide brief interventionCHCCS426BProvide support and care relating to loss and grief

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