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Diploma of Counselling

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  • Payment options:

    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced; complete within 24 months

  • Start date:

    Anytime – start today!

  • Awarded by:

    Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT) (RTO 90197)

  • Course fees:

    Price may vary

  • Career Outcomes:

    Rehabilitation Counsellor | Counsellor | Case Worker | Intake Counsellor | View all

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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

About this course

The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) offered by ICM Training through Open Colleges provides students with the formal qualifications and training to counsel and assist people in crisis or facing difficulties. The course teaches students how to develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management, and how to build an effective working relationship with their clients.

The course is designed for any number of professionals, from individuals wishing to make a career change into counselling, to professionals looking to advance their skillset and acquire formal credentials in the area. The course provides a comprehensive program of study, ideal for those looking for a practical, entry-level education.

Gain practical skills

The course's inclusion of a structured workplace learning component also means students will have the chance to gain valuable industry experience and work with a range of diverse clients.

Complete your work placement in Fiji!

Open Colleges have partnered with Action for Children and the Aged (ACATA) Trust Fiji to offer students of the Diploma of Community Services the opportunity to complete their required work placement hours over the course 2 weeks in Fiji. You'l have the chance to volunteer in communities promoting healthy eating habits and physical activity through basic counselling and providing outreach counselling on smaller Fijian islands if you choose to.


To be eligible for this course you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age; AND
  • Have successfully completed English at Year 12 level; OR
  • Have successfully completed a nationally recognised qualification at certificate III level or above; OR
  • Have at least three years' experience in a role that requires written communication and documentation

Areas of study

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

  • CHCCSL001 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • 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
  • CHCCCS017 - Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCGMB001 - Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
  • CHCCCS019 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCDFV001 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • CHCCSL007 - Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Open Colleges Open Colleges is one of the largest private education providers in Australia. It offers a wide variety of courses, from leisure courses to vocational and higher education courses, many of which are government-accredited and employer-recognised. Most courses are delivered online or via blended learning, allowing you to work at your own pace and around your own schedule. Studying with Open Colleges is perfect for people with busy lifestyles, and those wishing to work and learn for themselves.
As a student of Open Colleges, you will have access to a range of student and administrative support options. Your course trainers are available via email, messaging and through your online course forums in OpenSpace. You will also have access to help with study skills such as time management, essay writing and referencing.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) from Integrated Care & Management Training.

Open Colleges also has an articulation program in place with Charles Sturt University, meaning that after graduating from this course, you could pursue a:

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and receive 18 months of credit transfer into a 3-year degree; or
  • Bachelor of Social Work and receive 12 months of credit transfer into a 4-year degree.

Hoping to go to uni?

Open Colleges has formalised articulation with Charles Sturt University. After graduation from this course you may wish to undertake the:

  • Bachelor of Social Science (Social Welfare) and receive 18 months of credit transfer into a 3-year degree, or
    Bachelor of Social Work and receive 12 months of credit transfer into a 4-year degree.

If you plan to enrol in a social science or social work degree with Charles Sturt University when you complete this course, you'd be entitled to apply for the Open Colleges $2,000 scholarship to spend however you like. You could use it to assist with your tuition fees, to buy textbooks or to stock up on supplies for your new course. The scholarship is sponsored by Open Colleges and is awarded exclusively to four Open Colleges students per year.

Case Management Society of Australia and New Zealand (CMSA)

Open Colleges is proud to announce its affiliation with the Case Management Society of Australia and New Zealand (CMSA). CMSA is the national registration and regulatory body for Certified Case Managers, and is also the peak body for professionals employed in case management roles within Australia and New Zealand.

As a result of this affiliation, students now have unlimited access to CMSA's Tertiary E-Resource Library, which includes:

  • National Standards of Practice for Case Management, 3rd Edition 2013
  • National Code of Ethics for Case Management, 2nd Edition 2013
  • National Self-Assessment for Case Management Practice Handbook, 1st Edition 2015
  • National Skill Set for Effective Case Management in Australia and New Zealand: Skills Workbook

This means that you will not only be able to gain a thorough insight into the core skill of case management in the health and community services industry but also have fantastic learning resources to turn to when doing course assessments!

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How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Open Colleges offers two flexible payment models to help make studying more affordable:

Payment Option 1: Pay in weekly instalments

  • $96.63 per week (72 weekly repayments)
  • $100 deposit

Payment Option 2: Pay in full when you enrol and save up to 20% on your course fees

  • $7,192 upfront payment

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