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Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

VET Course

About this Course


Support people in their life changing moments and work in schools, hospitals, churches and community centres under a supervisor. The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling allows for students to develop knowledge and skills in guiding clients through challenging life events, and empowering them to live with the inevitable changes that occur through these.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

Professional Outcomes

Students learn and practise a variety of counselling techniques and styles and complete a work-based placement of minimum 150-200 hours under supervision. This is a nationally recognised qualification. Potential pathways include: Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Certificate IV in Mental Health, Certificate IV in Youth Work, Diploma in Applied Social Science and Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

Students are required to:

  • complete a minimum work requirement of 150-200 hours
  • apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training (if working with children)

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to find their own Work Placement according to their interests and intended career paths. Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.

Units of Competency Structure

17 Subjects total
13 Core
4 Elective subjects


Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS019
Requires 45 nominal hours
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship CHCCSL001
Requires 100 nominal hours
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills CHCCSL002
Requires 60 nominal hours
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process CHCCSL003
Requires 120 nominal hours
Research and apply personality and development theories CHCCSL004
Requires 50 nominal hours
Apply learning theories in counselling CHCCSL005
Requires 65 nominal hours
Select and use counselling therapies CHCCSL006
Requires 70 nominal hours
Support counselling clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL007
Requires 120 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours
Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 nominal hours
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
Requires 55 nominal hours
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003
Requires 120 nominal hours


Select 4 subjects from the Electives listed below:

Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS017
Requires 55 nominal hours
Work with people with mental health issues CHCMHS001
Requires 80 nominal hours
Work effectively in trauma informed care CHCMHS007
Requires 40 nominal hours
Engage respectfully with young people CHCYTH001
Requires 60 nominal hours
Facilitate empowerment of older people CHCAGE001
Requires 50 nominal hours

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

How long does it take?

1 year 6 months (18 months) full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 24 months study.

Where can I study?

You can study this course via Blended Learning or Online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


As with most adult study, students will be required to complete pre-course reading and related activities prior to attending their weekly classes. In addition, it is expected that students will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments, etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 20 hours self-directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

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Vocational Education and Training (VET) Department
Phone: 1300 482 267
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