Careers Australia

Social Services

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Course Overview CHC51015

Diploma of Counselling

The Diploma of Counselling can equip you with the skills to develop workplace strategies and resolve client issues.

You can learn to recognise the importance of a client-centred approach to helping others, and broaden your understanding of the theories that underpin the counselling process.

This qualification covers the use of communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draws on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in support roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice. 

Modes of Delivery

Availablity of delivery on this course:


Course Cost & Funding

VET Student Loan available: $10,000

This is amount the government will loan you for this qualification under the VET Student Loan Scheme (more information below).

Student Scholarship available: $3,000 

Careers Australia offers a range of scholarships for select Diploma courses, see our website for more details.

Student Contribution: $4,990

This is the amount remaining after a loan and scholarship has been approved for this qualification. 

Eligibility criteria apply.

Maximum course fee: $17,990

This training is delivered with the support of the VET Student Loan Scheme. A VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay part of their tuition fees for higher-level VET courses.

Students are required to repay this loan through the taxation system. Further information is available on our website under Funding & Loans.


Careers Australia Education Institute Pty Ltd (22479) CRICOS Number: 03224D


10 months

Entry Requirements

It is recommended that students be aged at least 16 or have completed year 12.

Course Details
  • What is FlexLearn?

    Imagine being able to build your career on your own terms – studying how you want, when you want, with no hurdles. At Careers Australia, we’ve made this a reality with our flexible study solution, FlexLearn.

    Whether it’s time, technology or study load, you can now eliminate the roadblocks. FlexLearn is a study solution that combines the flexibility of online study with face-to-face support and campus facilities, when you need them. With your trainer checking on your progress and available to help you with your questions, there will be little holding you back.

    Available Locations:

    bowen hills | caboolture | hindmarsh | parramatta | perth | salisbury | southport | townsville | melbourne |

  • What is Online delivery?

    Our online learning portal gives students the capacity to study wherever and whenever, with full access to tutorials, discussion forums, student support and assessment materials; all that’s required is a computer and a reliable internet connection.

Course Units
Stage 1


Work with diverse people


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Develop workplace communication strategies


Establish and confirm the counselling relationship


Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills


Participate in workplace health and safety

Stage 2


Work legally and ethically


Facilitate the counselling relationship and process


Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Support counselling clients in decision-making processes


Plan and conduct group activities


Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

Stage 3


Research and apply personality and development theories


Apply learning theories in counselling


Recognise and respond to crisis situations


Select and use counselling therapies


Reflect on and improve own professional practice