Graduate Certificate in Counselling

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling program aims to provide an understanding of counselling by developing the knowledge, professional skills and ethical values important to the discipline. Students examine case studies and reflect on personal experiences. Graduates can assist people of all ages to address issues and challenges in their lives. The postgraduate programs in counselling at ACU are designed to prepare students for professional work as counsellors in Australia. Graduates of the postgraduate counselling programs will develop an extensive knowledge of the counselling profession and of the various dimensions that affect and assist human behaviour including mental health, emotional development and life and relationship issues. Graduates will develop skills in critical thinking, good communication, behavioural assessments, and contemporary approaches to counselling and ethical practice.

Course Fee:


Entry Requirements:

Bachelor degree; or at least 3 years' experience in a counselling role; and a satisfactory interview demonstrating suitability to undertake the course


40 cp, consisting of 20 cp from Core Units and 20 cp from Elective Units.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Graduates may progress to the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Counselling or the Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Child and Adolescent) or other postgraduate programs with ACU.

Further information:

A range of counselling and human service careers are available including: Community welfare workers (e.g. services such as Centacare, Kinnections, Lifeline), Child safety, Child and youth service managers (e.g. Kids Help Line), Relationships Australia, Mission Australia, Local community neighbourhood centres, Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), Regional, domestic and family violence services, School counselling, Government agencies (e.g. child protection, addiction recovery centres), Crisis counselling centres, Private practice, Juvenile Justice Officer

Who for:

Those who wish to learn the basics of counselling as an adjunct to their current career, or as a base from which to continue the study of counselling

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Full time 0.5 year
Melbourne (St Patrick's) No info No Part time 1 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 0.5 year
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 1 year
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info Yes Full time 0.5 year
Strathfield (Mount Saint Mary) No info Yes Part time 1 year

The world is our campus

We’re a publicly-funded university which has grown rapidly over the past few years. The world is our campus, and we put our students and staff at the centre of a vibrant global network of scholars, partnerships and opportunities. ACU has seven campuses around Australia – in Brisbane, North Sydney, Strathfield, Canberra, Ballarat, Melbourne and Adelaide – and we’ve recently opened a campus in Rome, Italy. With us, you’ll have the chance to study overseas with one of more than 200 partner institutions around the world.

Engaged with industry and society

We’re closely integrated into our communities and industries, working with them to answer the big questions, and to create tangible results. From hospitals, to schools and any number of far-flung places, our students and staff have always rolled up their sleeves to be fully engaged in the real world. 

All our students enjoy extensive opportunities for practical placements, and community engagement is a core part of their university experience. You could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, working with a welfare agency in Florence, or helping to develop youth soccer teams in East Timor. When they graduate, our students are ready to work, and the employment rate of our bachelor degree graduates is consistently higher than the national average.*

We see the whole person

You are welcome at ACU irrespective of your socio-cultural background, religious beliefs or aspirations. We’re inclusive and supportive of everyone, every day. With us, you’ll be valued and encouraged to thrive to the full extent of your potential. From academic skills to career and counselling services, we have a range of support services to help you succeed. We also offer nearly 400 scholarships, which

recognise academic achievement, community participation, and help out students from a range of backgrounds. 

Education with a bigger purpose

ACU offers programs in allied health, arts, business and commerce, education and teaching, exercise science, health, law, nursing and midwifery, paramedicine, philosophy, psychology and counselling, science, social work, and theology.

Along with significant student growth in recent years, we’ve begun to compete more intensely through our research output. ACU research programs tackle enduring and pressing issues in society, in Australia, and around the world.

At ACU, it’s education, but with a bigger purpose.

*Beyond Graduate Survey 2015, 2014 and 2013, conducted by Graduate Careers Australia as part of the Australian Graduate Survey.

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