CHC51015 Diploma of counselling

The College of Counselling Studies (RTO 45909) offers a nationally accredited training course in the qualification: CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

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Diploma of Counselling –  This qualification reflects the role of counsellors.  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 Diploma of Counselling course is a nationally recognised qualification.

Course Structure – 24 months (full time) – 17 Units 

Course Delivery – Training is delivered in a blended mode of self-paced learning and face-to-face teaching in a simulated workplace.

Core units

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCSM013 Facilitate and review case management
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support (mandatory elective unit)

Elective units (students will need to choose 3 of the four electives)

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
  • CHCYTH013 Engage respectfully with young people
  • CHCFAM003 Support people to improve relationships


The course is designed to be delivered online with significant practical training provided in regular face to face tutorials (run locally) by experienced counsellors. This means that students who successfully complete the course, are ready to work as counsellors at the completion of their studies.

  • The Diploma of Counselling training is offered as a nationally accredited qualification
  • The course resource materials have been developed to equip graduates to meet a range of client needs
  • Rural and remote delivery ensures emphasis on community issues
  • The College allows students to study online and face-to-face to gain knowledge and skills
  • Students are supported through local tutorial sessions which are currently run on a Saturday once a month during school terms.
  • Opportunities are provided for students to attend 100 hours of face to face training each year at tutorials and workshops
  • Practical training and support are delivered by experienced counsellors, tutors and assessors at the tutorials and intensive workshops
  • Two ‘2-day Intensive Workshops’ are held each year for those who live at a distance from a tutorial group
  • Local tutors and assessors are available to provide student support
  • Regular contact with students is offered through the newsletter which provides information about what’s happening in the College as well as relevant extra courses which are being conducted
  • Library facilities and a bookshop are maintained so that students can access texts and materials from the College as well as other sources


The course is delivered in 8 clusters over a 24 month period (two units per cluster, every 3 months is recommended). 

The College 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 course structure has been chosen to balance the work load and the theoretical and practical aspects of the course.

  • Written assessments support the development of theoretical knowledge
  • Student’s counselling skills develop through practical demonstrations, practice, discussion and feedback during the tutorials.

The training is flexible with the support of trainers, assessors and College staff.

Regular Tutorials (Practical training) – To enhance a student’s learning and provide practical training and assessments, monthly tutorials have been scheduled.  These are currently being held in Tamworth. In addition, twice yearly,  “2 day Intensive Workshops” are being offered and permit students to learn strategies, and amass practical hours which can be submitted for  professional registration.  

Students are advised to attend their allocated tutorial (training) group as soon after commencing the course as possible. A calendar of all tutorials and intensive workshops are provided on enrolment. The 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 previous study, relevant work and life experiences.

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

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


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


To qualify for the Diploma of Counselling, you are required to complete 17 units of study.  It is strongly recommended that students attend at least 100 hours of supervised practical training.


There is an initial Enrolment Application Fee (Administration Fee) of $400.  The course fee is made through a payment plan option.  This payment includes all practical and theoretical face-to-face training and assessments (ie. Students are able to attend up to 18 tutorials and 4 Intensive Weekend Workshops over the duration of the course program).

Payment Plan: A payment of $900 is required at the commencement of each Cluster of study.  There are a total of eight (8) clusters throughout the 24 month course.  

For further information on the course, fee arrangements or subsidies, please contact the College on: (02) 6762 0844 or email [email protected]