Diploma of Counselling Studies

CHC51015 | Diploma of Counselling 

Study Mostly By Correspondence Although most of our course work is studied externally, we also provide opportunities for regular tutorials in centres where there are students. Twice yearly the 2 day residentials permit students to learn strategies,and amass practical hours which can be submitted for  professional registration.

CCS takes new enrolments in February/March and July/August each year.
Students may proceed  at their own pace but  one Cluster (two units) every 4 months is recommended. Although the course is designed to be completed in two years, students with work and other commitments may take as long as three years to gain their diploma.

Regular Tutorials

Monthly tutorials are currently held in Tamworth.

Cultural Sensitivities
The course recognises the impact made on counselling approaches by background and cultural differences and encourages sensitivity to people of various cultural and religious backgrounds.


Counselling skills are useful in many work and personal situations. This qualification will enable graduates to work with clients on personal and psychological issues using a number of established counselling and psychotherapy models. The course is designed to be delivered by external study with significant practical training provided in regular face to face tutorials (run locally) by experienced counsellors. This means that students are ready to work as counsellors at the completion of their studies.


People with life experience which has led them to understand the value of counselling.


Students study at their own rate but have up to 3 years to complete the course. Students are advised to attend their allocated (training) tutorial group as soon after commencing the course as possible. A calendar of all tutorials is provided on enrolment. These tutorials meet monthly to assist students with practical skills and to complete assessment tasks.Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer are available for student’s relevant work and life experiences.

Students are encouraged to attend the self-awareness course ‘Know Yourself’ before or at the time of enrolling.


To qualify for the Diploma you are required to complete 17 units of study and attend at least 100 hours of supervised practical training.


The cost of the course is $9,960. Students studying with CCS are able to apply and may be eligible for government Smart and Skilled funding which can reduce the cost of the course by almost half to eligible applicants. To gauge your eligibility for funding to https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/are-you-eligible

Prospective students must contact Anglicare College (our RTO) to organise a quote, enrolment and a payment schedule Ph: (02) 62788413 Em: [email protected]  You also need to contact CCS on 67620844 to for an enrolment interview

The Diploma of Counselling provides training that will enable individuals to

  • develop greater self awareness,
  • study the unique approach of counsellors when helping others
  • gain knowledge of models used in counselling
  • master high level listening skills which they will use when counselling

The 17 Units in the course material has been arranged in 8 Clusters of 1, 2 or 3 units.
These have been chosen to balance the work load and the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

Training is delivered in a blended mode of self-pace learning and face-to-face teaching in a simulated workplace.

  • Written assessments support the development of theoretical knowledge
  • Student’s counselling skills develop through watching others, practice, discussion and feedback in the tutorials.

The training is flexible and studied at home with the support of trainers, assessors and College staff

The face to face training is delivered in an intensive 2 day training event each semester plus a 6 hour tutorial each month.

Generic Assessment Cover sheet download here:  Assessment Cover Sheet

To view the Unit structure please see Diploma of Counselling Units Download Units