CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling

18 months
Face-to-Face, Workplace Based, Blended

Course Overview

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to become a counsellor. The course is structured to combine theory with practical placement and is directed towards providing participants with relevant skills, knowledge, and values necessary to have as professional Counsellor.

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.

Career Opportunities

  • Youth and Family counsellor
  • Youth Support Worker
  • Residential Care Worker
  • Residential Youth Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Child Protection Support Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Child Welfare Worker
  • Family Services Coordinator
  • or other areas within the Community sector

Units of Competency

In order to gain the Diploma of Counselling, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

Thirteen (13) core units, and four (4) elective units, of which:

  • At least 4 electives must be selected from the electives listed on the following link, or any other endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Apply Specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Research and apply personality and development theories
Apply learning theories in counselling
Select and use counselling therapies
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Provide individualised support
Support people to improve relationships
Work with people with mental health issues
Provide support to children affected by domestic and family violence

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. However, Integrity Education Group requires students to be over 18 years of age at the course commencement. Students will need to complete work-placement for this course, and therefore, must be able to obtain a satisfactory National Police check and Working With Children check.

Integrity Education Group also requires all prospective students to undertake a formal pre-training review (PTR) and language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine the suitability and readiness of the student for the program.  During the this process, the Integrity Education Group staff will ensure the following are discussed/determined:

  • Career and educational aspirations
  • Suitability for the intended program and subsequent industry
  • Literacy and numeracy capabilities
  • Digital capability and capacity

Delivery & Assessment

To ensure we cater for all our student needs, students will have the choice of delivery methods, including:

Face to face on campus classes

Virtual (online classes)

A blend of both face to face on campus classes and virtual classes

All assessments can be completed online or in paper base format, and all practical assessments will be completed in the workplace or specially designed simulated environment.

Integrity Education Group will monitor your activities to ensure reasonable progress is being made, and our highly qualified and supportive trainers and assessors will be there to provided any additional support you may need outside of class time.

Credit Transfer

In order for us to award a credit transfer a student will need to provide us with a Statement of Attainment that listed the exact unit and code that matches the unit in the qualification they wish to credit transfer.  If the unit code or name do no match exactly then a student may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

In order for us to award RPL, a student need to provide sufficient evidence of prior study and/or work experience that demonstrates their skills and knowledge in unit of competency.  RPL will require students to complete a portfolio of evidence and participate in a competency conversation and practical demonstration.  RPL does incur an addition cost of up to $450 per unit.

Fees & Funding

The applicable amount of fees depends on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment e.g. whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

For more information, refer to the course fees.

Government Subsidised
Integrity Education Group is offering Government subsidised places to students under the Skills First program and the Job Trainer Initiative for eligible students. Check your eligibility

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