Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CHC51015
Study mode: Online
On Campus
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Upfront payment
Duration: 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time
Start date: Enquire for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: Australian College of Applied Psychology (ACAP) (RTO 0500)
Course fees: Price may vary
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) offered through SEEK Learning is a nationally recognised qualification that will provide students with the skills and training to work in a range of counselling roles. By studying this course students will gain a comprehensive understanding of counselling theories, responsible ethical counselling, counselling interview skills and workplace legislation in relation to cultural diversity.

Students will also develop their communication skills and build on their referral skills and ability to work within organisational policies and procedures. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be qualified to provide counsel to and support a range of individuals in crises. This includes working in family support services, outreach services, women's health centres and refugee support services.


If you choose to study the course online, you will need to attend 13 days of workshops throughout the duration of your course.

Workshops are available in:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Brisbane
  • Adelaide


To be eligible to enter this program, applicants must:

  • Have completed the HSC or equivalent; OR
  • Hold a certificate IV qualification; OR
  • Be over 21 years of age.

Areas of study

In this diploma program, you may study:

  • CHCCSL502A - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL512A - Determine suitability of client for counselling services
  • CHCCSL504A - Apply personality and development theories
  • CHCCSL505A - Apply learning theories in counselling
  • HLTHIR403C - Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
  • HLTHIR404D - Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people
  • HLTWHS300A - Contribute to Work Health & Safety Processes
  • CHCCSL501A - Work within a structured counselling framework
  • CHCCSL503B - Facilitate the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL509A - Reflect and improve upon counselling skills
  • CHCCM503C - Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management
  • CHCCSL508B - Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice
  • CHCCS514B - Recognise and respond to individuals at risk
  • CHCCSL506A - Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues
  • CHCCSL507B - Support clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCDFV301A - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • CHCDFV402C - Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence
  • CHCGMB502A - Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
  • CHCGMB503A - Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues
  • CHCMH402B - Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes
  • CHCMH411A - Work with people with mental health issues

Upon completion of this diploma program, you will have the skills and training to qualify for a range of careers in the community services industry, including:

  • Family support services
  • Not-for-profit community organisations
  • Government agencies
  • Community health centres
  • Outreach services
  • Refugee support services.

Finance options

Upfront payment: Pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
SEEK Learning offers a vast selection of tertiary and vocational courses through some of Australia’s leading education providers. You can study an accredited TAFE, university and IT course, as well as customised training packages, from recognised course providers. With flexible study and finance options and many courses available through correspondence and online studies, you can gain any number of career-boosting qualifications at your convenience with SEEK Learning.
You will have access to a wide range of student support options, including the Student Resource Centre and student support counsellors as well as professional lecturers with extensive knowledge and skills in their field. The Student Placement Coordinator will help you organise a suitable work placement position.

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