Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CHC51015
Study mode: Online
On Campus
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 1 year full-time; 1.5 years part-time
Start date: Enquire now for upcoming start dates
Awarded by: SEEK Learning (Agent)
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

This online Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) course delivered by the Jansen Newman Institute in partnership with SEEK Learning is ideal for those looking to pursue a rewarding career in counselling.

The course offers a combination of theoretical learning and practical workshops to provide you with a comprehensive and real-world study experience.

You will cover a range of essential counselling topics including communication, problem solving, planning, case management, networking and referral, self-management and the ability to work with individuals from a range of backgrounds.

Work placement

This course includes 100 hours of professional work placement to provide you with essential hands-on experience, and ensure that you graduate job-ready.


To be eligible for this course, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a certificate IV qualification or higher; OR
  • Provide a copy of your Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education; OR
  • Complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test

Areas of study

In this counselling course, the units of competency you may study include:

  • CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL004 - Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCDEV002 - Analyse impacts of social factors on clients in community work and services
  • CHCCSL002 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL006 - Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCCSL003 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCCSL007 - Support counselling clients in decision-making process
  • CHCCSM005 - Develop facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCSL005 - Research and apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCGRP003 - Plan facilitate and review psycho-educational groups
  • CHCCCS019 - Recognise and respond to situations of risk
  • CHCCCS017 - Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) from Jansen Newman Institute.

This qualification could lead to counselling roles across a range of contexts and workplaces, some of which include:

  • Family support services
  • Sexual health services
  • Community health centres
  • Outreach services
  • Residential services
  • Refugee support services
  • Women's health centres

Finance options

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 can also pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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.
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