Graduate Certificate in Counselling

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About This Course

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling has been developed to allow those with a previous undergraduate qualification/s to continue developing skills for effective interpersonal engagement. The qualification also serves as a pathway as the units comprise the first semester of the Master of Counselling Practice course.

The course is designed to build self-awareness and your capacity to relate to and engage with a broad range of clients in need of support.  However, there are other significant benefits to developing your communication and counselling skills, with relevance to a broad range of human service contexts such as counselling, teaching, nursing and ministry.  The course will also benefit individuals involved in community development, customer service roles, human resource management and youth work.

Building on your previous study, the Graduate Certificate in Counselling will introduce you to counselling theories grounded in research, as well as the skills for applying such theories in varying contexts.

Counselling aims to change lives for the better.  If you want to improve your counselling awareness through a formal qualification or if you are seeking a pathway in a Counselling Masters degree, then the Graduate Certificate could be the next step in your journey


Professional Outcomes

The Graduate Certificate further enhances communication and practical counselling skills appropriate to a broad range of human service contexts such as relationship counselling organisations, community welfare centres, drug and alcohol agencies, church agencies, and private practice.

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Course Structure


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Where can I study?

You can study on-campus and partially online.

Adelaide – Millswood SA

Perth – Forrestfield WA

Offered partially online

How long does it take?

6 months full-time or part-time equivalent.

What do I need for entry?


Successful completion of a 3-year Bachelor’s degree with a Credit average of at least 5.0, or approved equivalent.

How much does it cost?

Learn more about
fees and available payment options.

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


Tabor: SSE14C
SATAC: Not applicable

Postgraduate Course

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Phone: 1300 482 267