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Graduate Certificate in Counselling

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    7 months full-time (4 months accelerated), 1.3 years full-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Think Colleges Pty Ltd

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Human Resources Officer | Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | View all

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About this course

Enhance your career prospects and take the next step in your counselling or coaching career by studying this Graduate Certificate in Counselling course.

Designed for students with a background in counselling, this course offers further specialised knowledge and practical opportunities for practitioners seeking professional development. This course is also suited to anyone seeking to progress a people-focused career, and enables students to apply counselling thinking to a wide range of alternative areas of business and relationships.

After completing this course, you may choose to work in a specialised counselling role, drawing on study in areas including developmental psychology and ethical thinking. You may also choose to apply counselling thinking to a coaching, management or mentoring role.

With a blend of on-campus and online delivery, and an optional accelerated graduation track, this course is flexible for students continuing work or seeking to up-skill without taking a long break.


If you're seeking a professional challenge, want to build your skills and are interested in expanding your counselling knowledge, this course offers a practical and rewarding new opportunity.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Have five years of work or volunteering experience in a related field and complete an interview; OR
  • Hold a diploma in an unrelated field; AND
  • Have four years of work or volunteering experience in a related field.


Areas of study

In this counselling course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Understanding social and emotional behaviour across the lifespan: An introduction to developmental psychology
  • Theories and practices of counselling
  • Practicum 1: Advanced therapeutic communication
  • The counsellor: Ethics, legal and professional issues
Jansen Newman Institute The Jansen Newman Institute (JNI) is a highly regarded education provider offering programs in applied social science, counselling and psychotherapy, community services and more.

With a focus on experiential learning, JNI’s nationally-recognised and industry-designed courses ensure that students graduate with both the theoretical and practical skills that are in demand in their field.

JNI is part of the Think: Education Group, which includes some of Australia’s most respected and iconic specialist colleges, and together have educated over 9,500 students.
As a student of the Jansen Newman Institute, you will receive extensive student support from your course advisor and mentor.

Have one-on-one study support to help you create goals, study plans and develop strong study skills. You will also have access to over 70 million articles from one of the largest online libraries in Australia!

JNI are all about creating a supportive learning environment to help you thrive! Dedicated Learning and Academic Skills (LAS) support staff are on hand help you be more effective in your study and build your skills. From writing essays and reports to goal setting and exam prep – they’ll guide you through it all (available online and on campus).

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Sydney

You can also choose to study this course entirely online, or online with some on-campus components (blended learning).

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Counselling from Jansen Newman Institute.

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience required to progress your counselling career, and may offer you opportunities to seek more diverse roles in either specialised counselling practises or in general business, relationship and lifestyle coaching.

You may also choose to undertake further study after completing this course. The units completed in this course may be credited towards a Graduate Diploma in Counselling or a Master of Counselling and Applied Psychotherapy from Jansen Newman Institute.

Curious about where a career in counselling could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Human Resources Officer
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Counsellor
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Grief Counsellor
  • Workplace Relations Officer
  • Life Coach
  • Career Counsellor
  • Lifestyle Manager
  • Lifestyle Coach

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Jansen Newman Institute also offers scholarships to successful applicants.

Students can also pay fees upfront.

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

This course can be paid for through the 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 $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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