Embrace a rewarding career as a counsellor– a chance to make a meaningful and positive difference to people’s lives as well as a valuable contribution to society. The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling offers participants a career that could see them giving back as much as they get and an opportunity to better their community or other's communities. 

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This is a nationally accredited qualification

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Course Description

This qualification offers a practical and theoretical foundation for effective counselling. It provides you with training and experience that will enable you to work in either an agency or private practice. During the course, you’ll learn empathy and rapport building as you develop the micro-skills that every counsellor needs to create a fruitful therapeutic relationship with their clients.

As a counsellor you may perform such tasks as:

  • Mediate in conflict resolution sessions
  • Facilitating group sessions
  • Find solutions to mental, lifestyle and emotional problems of your clients
  • Work with other medical practitioners as part of a health management team

Course Features

Online Learning offers participants a unique combination of e-learning methodologies that are fully supported and highly integrated:

  • Study when it suits – with no set class timetable, you can study when and where you like, tailoring your education to suit lifestyle, family, and employment commitments
  • Course Material - Have all your textbooks sent directly to you and have your mentor choose and deliver other tailored educational material in both hard copy and electronic form 
  • Structured learning – regular timed intakes mean you can look forward to a structured learning environment. This ensures continuous progression via the benefits of flexible Online Learning
  • Full access to resources – detailed course materials, student email, forums, live chat, podcasts, recorded lectures, quizzes and assessments, links to external resource materials and videos.
  • Access to Upskilled's Student Rewards Program

Course Duration

This course is delivered over a period of two years. 

Workplace Assessment

As part of your course you are required to have access to a Counselling environment for some practical assessment tasks. 


Graduates receive the award CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. 

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Students will be required to have regular access to a computer and internet access to complete this course.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Recognition of Current Competencies (RCC) options are also available for students on request and assistance will be provided to determine eligibility. Each student requesting RPL will be interviewed and they should provide a portfolio of evidence to support their application and may be assessed on the job. On the job assessments can be conducted to assess current skills and knowledge.

Unit Outline

All units must be successfully completed to attain the Diploma.

Unit Code
Unit Name
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCCSL006Select and use counselling therapies
CHCCSL007Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
CHCCSL002Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSL004Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSL003Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCSL005Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL001Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCFAM003Support people to improve relationships
CHCCCS014Provide brief interventions
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

Career Outcomes

After completing this course, you could pursue a career as a:

  • Intake Worker
  • Family Advisor
  • Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Careers Counsellor
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor
  • Counsellors

Flexible Payment Options

Upskilled offers three flexible payment options for our students. Enquire now for more information on payment methods and government funding.

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Total course cost: $5,055

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Total course cost: $5,950

Government subsidies

No government funding available

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