CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

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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.



  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Charges
  • Programs / Units
  • Pathways
CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
  • Course Duration: 49 weeks (excluding holidays)
    62 weeks (including holidays)
  • Full Time Study: • Classroom
    • Structured Online Activities
    • Self-Reflection
    • Self-Study
    • Readings, and
    • Research
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • At this level of study it is expected that you study for a minimum of 25 hours of study per week. You are required to attend class 1 day per week, 9:30am to 3:00pm, participate in structured online activities and self-study including but not limited to readings, research, assessment tasks and self-reflection.

  • Location: Geelong
    Country Victoria

Methods of assessment may include:

  • Written Questionnaire
  • Observation, Third Party/Supervisors Report, Demonstration
  • Projects/ Assignments
  • Simulated Learning/Assessment Environments

There are no AQF Pre Requisites for this qualification.

AGB Training requires the applicant to successfully complete

  • Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
  • Pre-Training Review
  • Enrolment Application Form
Fees & Charges
Fees & ChargesSkills FirstFull Fee
Administration Fee$100.00$10,000.00
Textbook Fee$230.00$230.00
Victorian Government Contribution for Skills First Funded Students: $7,080.00
Payment Options

Skills First Funded Students

Upfront payment prior to commencement of first class

 Fee for Service Students

Deposit of 10% is required prior to commencement of course.
Fortnightly or monthly payments must be paid as per direct debit payment schedule.

Text Book Fee

Text book are to be ordered by the student prior to commencement of class.  Prices are set by and paid directly the publisher and are subject to change.

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Text Books

It is responsibility of students to purchase all text books prior to first class.

  • Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy 10th Edition
  • Gerald Corey
  • Published by Cengage
  • ISBN: 9781305263727
  • Purchase Online
  • Basic Personal Counselling: A Training Manual for Counsellors 8th Edition
  • D.Geldard, K. Geldrard & R.Yin Foo
  • Published by Cengage
  • ISBN: 9780170364362
  • Purchase Online
  • Treatment Approaches for Alcohol and Drug Dependence: An Introductory Guide, 2nd Edition
  • Tracey J. Jarvis, Jenny Tebbutt, Richard P. Mattick, Fiona Shand, Nick Heather
  • Published by Wiley
  • ISBN: 9780470090398
  • Purchase Online
Course ProgramTo achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate a competency in
17 units of competency (13 core units and 4 elective units)

  • Core
    Work legally and ethically
Work with Diversity
  • Core
    Work with diverse people
  • Core
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Professional Practice
  • Core
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
Crisis and Intervention
  • Core
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • Elective
    Provide brief interventions
Providing Support
  • Elective
    Support people to improve relationships
  • Elective
    Provide individualised support
  • Elective
    Plan and conduct group activities
Counsel Clients
  • Core
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • Core
    Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • Core
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • Core
    Research and apply personality and development theories
Counselling Case Management
  • Core
    Apply learning theories in counselling
  • Core
    Select and use counselling therapies
  • Core
    Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • Core
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

Upon successful completion, students will have gained the knowledge and skills required to apply for further studies in either CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, or pathway to second year entry into Charles Sturt University’s undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Social Work, via online studies or in Australia on campus at Wagga Wagga or Port Macquarie, NSW. For further details and entry requirements to the university pathway, please refer to the website:

  • CourseCHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
  • UniversityCharles Sturt University
  • CreditsUp to 8 Subjects (64 Credit Points)
  • DegreeBachelor of Social Work