Diploma of Counselling

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  • Study mode:

    On Campus

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  • Duration:

    2 years part-time

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  • Awarded by:

    St Mark's National Theological Centre (RTO 88072)

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  • Course fee:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Grief Counsellor | Drug and Alcohol Counsellor | Family and Marriage Counsellor | Rehabilitation Counsellor | Student Counsellor | View All

This course meets the 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.

Course Rundown

Start a rewarding new career helping others find meaning with this practical online Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) course from St Mark’s National Theological Centre. 

Designed for people seeking to begin a career in counselling and pastoral care, this qualification provides the foundation skills and knowledge required to work in the challenging and deeply rewarding field of counselling. You’ll develop practical and relevant skills in communication, listening, interviewing and other counselling techniques, and gain insights and experienced from industry-connected professional counsellors as your trainers. 

If you’re interested in a people-focused career and want to help others, a career in counselling may be for you. Grounded in a theological and spiritual setting, this qualification will enhance your career prospects in pastoral care, spiritual leadership and contemplating meaning together with clients in a religious setting. 

While this qualification is not a psychology qualification, and separate study is required in order to work as a registered psychologist, this course will equip you with the skills, insights and knowledge required to build a rewarding career helping others find meaning, purpose and hope. 

Study counselling at St Mark's National Theological Centre


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

  • Have achieved educational level of year 12 or above; AND
  • Provide a letter from your church minister, indicating that the minister considers you to have the potential for introductory training in theology and lay ministry.

What You’ll Learn

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

Core subjects:

  • 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 – Research and apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCSL006 – Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCCSL007 – Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCSM005 – Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of 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

Elective subjects:

  • CHCCCS017 – Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCPRT001 – Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCCCS003 – Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • CHCDFV001 – Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

Why study with St Mark's National Theological Centre?

Discover what theological learning is all about when you sign up to a course at St Mark’s National Theological Centre. Since 1957 St Mark’s has been a leader in theological learning, offering students from all different backgrounds a rich, vibrant and supportive educational environment. St Mark’s is a proud partner of Charles Sturt University (CSU) and offers nationally recognised and academically rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in counselling, ministry and theology, pastoral studies plus more.

Student Support

St Mark’s National Theological Centre pride themselves on offering a supportive and high-quality theological education experience, while keeping the students’ interest at the forefront at all times.

As a partner with CSU, students of St Mark’s will be able to access the same great range of support services, including counselling services for any support you may need along your study journey or in your personal life.

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:

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

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) from St Mark’s National Theological Centre.

This qualification will equip you with the skills and experience required to counsel, coach and advise others, specifically in a religious setting. With this qualification you'll be able to seek employment as a counsellor or pastoral care leader, and may choose to work in a variety of areas including youth work, grief counselling, drug and alcohol counselling, and in a counselling role in your church. 

This qualification also acts as a pathway to further study. Upon completion of this qualification, you may choose to deepen your counselling and communication skills with the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling. 


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

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

The fee for this course is $10,700.

St Mark’s offers payment plans to assist students to manage the cost of study. The payment plan involves payment of a $500 deposit on or before the census date, and an agreement to make regular payments to complete the balance of fee payment by the last day of the semester.