Diploma of Counselling - CHC51015


Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00591E

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.


  • 17 units: 13 core
  • 4 elective


  • Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • Engage respectfully with young people
  • Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
  • Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • Apply learning theories in counselling
  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Research and apply personality and development theories
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues
  • Provide individualised support
  • Work with people with mental health issues
  • Work with forced migrants
  • Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • Select and use counselling therapies
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • Support independence and wellbeing
  • Manage and promote diversity
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • Deliver structured programs
  • Plan, facilitate and review psycho-educational groups
  • Support people to improve relationships
  • Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues
  • Provide loss and grief support
  • Plan and conduct group activities
  • Provide brief interventions
  • Provide suicide bereavement support
  • Work effectively in child protection to support children, young people and families
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • Work with a child-focused approach
  • Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bankstown College No
  • Full-time : 39 weeks
Bega Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Blue Mountains College, Wentworth Falls Campus No
  • Part-time : 30 weeks
Cooma Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Dubbo College, Myall Street Campus No
  • Part-time : 52 weeks
Goulburn Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Kingscliff Campus No
  • Full-time : 36 weeks
Macquarie Fields College No
  • Full-time : 36 weeks
Moruya Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Moss Vale Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Mount Druitt College No
  • Part-time : 21 months
Mudgee College No
  • Part-time : 18 months
Nirimba College No
  • Full-time : 36 weeks
Nowra Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
OTEN (Open Training Education Network) No
Queanbeyan Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Shellharbour Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Ulladulla Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Western Connect No
  • Full-time : 18 months
Wetherill Park College No
  • Full-time : 37 weeks
Wollongong Campus No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years
Yass Campus No
  • Online/Off-campus : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Bega Campus, Cooma Campus, Goulburn Campus, Moruya Campus, Moss Vale Campus, Nowra Campus, Queanbeyan Campus, Shellharbour Campus, Ulladulla Campus, Wollongong Campus, Yass Campus.

Further costs in addition to your student fees may be applicable for this qualification. These costs are to provide you with additional resources to support your learning. The following resources can be sourced directly by the student:1. Geldard, D, Geldard, K, Yin Foo, R, (2017) Basic Personal Counselling 10th Edition Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd. This text is also available as an e-book with TAFE NSW library. 2. Gehart, Diane R, (2015) Theory and Treatment Planning in Counselling and Psychotherapy 2nd Edition, Cengage Learning Australia Pty Ltd.

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