Diploma of Counselling (International students)

Course Code: CHC51015 / CRICOS 096109D Enquire Now
  • Course Duration62 weeks
  • Course DeliveryFace to Face
  • Course Intake21 January 2019
  • Course Fee$12,000*

• Completed Year 12 or Certificate III qualification or overseas equivalent • IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent • Minimum 18 years of age • Previous healthcare backgrounds preferable however not essential

About the Diploma of Counselling

This nationally recognised qualification provides the skills and knowledge you will need to work as a Counsellor, particularly within the aged and community or home care sectors.

You will develop the skills to counsel clients, their family, and your staff through grief and loss, major life changes and also counsel staff within the performance management processes.

Students are required to attend three one-day face-to-face workshops throughout the course, which provides you with the opportunity to put your skills into practice and be formally facilitated and mentored by our college experts.

International intake dates

Start date

End date

21 January 2019

27 March 2020

11 February 2019

17 April 2020

11 March 2019

15 May 2020

22 April 2019

26 June 2020

27 May 2019

31 July 2020

1 July 2019

4 September 2020

5 August 2019

9 October 2020

9 September 2019

13 November 2020

30 September 2019

4 December 2020

4 November 2019

8 January 2021

25 November 2019

29 January 2021

20 January 2020

26 March 2021

10 February 2020

16 April 2021

2 March 2020

7 May 2021

What will I learn?

This course includes 17 units of competency, delivered as 6 modules of training covering
the following topics:

  • Counselling Foundations (Modules 1 and 2)
  • Counselling Theory and Therapy
  • Client Centered Care
  • Ethical and Reflective Practice
  • Elective Units

Core Units of Competency covered in the course:

  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 Promote aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective units selected for this course:

  • BSBLDR501 Develop and use emotional intelligence
  • CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Career Pathways

Diploma of Counselling graduates are able to advance their career into:

  • Counsellor
  • Case Manager
  • Social Worker
  • Care Coordinator

Education Pathways

  • Bachelor of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science


ACCLM Course Delivery Options

Face to Face

This mode is currently available in our Brisbane CBD campus. There are generally four course enrolment dates per year, depending on numbers. Structure your learning around your current work life commitments.


Live workshops form a vital part of the assessment and practical learning process for this course, providing students with face-to-face training in essential skills.

For the Diploma of Counselling you must attend the three one-day workshops below during the course of your study:

  • Workshop 1 – The Counselling Framework
  • Workshop 2 – Case Management
  • Workshop 3 – Improving Professional Skills Through Reflective Practice

Workshops are held in Brisbane. Students will be provided with available options via their Training Plan, issued upon enrolment.

International Prices (AUD)

Tuition Fee: $12,000

Material Fee: $300

Enrolment Fee: $200

*Note: Please contact us to learn more about available scholarships.

Contact us for additional information: 07 3210 7488 / info@acclm.edu.au

Your Pathway to a Career in the Health Sector

  • Nationally Recognised

    We are a large and experienced provider of vocational education & training. Our courses are all Nationally recognised under the Australian Quality Framework. Our qualifications are recognised across Australia and respected world-wide, and we offer a broad range of study options.

  • Practical Thinking

    Practical, job-focused training is at the core of everything we do. Our courses combine higher education thinking with practical hands-on learning. Our graduates are sought after in Australia and overseas with a high percentage going on to work or further study.

  • Modern Learning Environment

    Our modern centrally located campuses provide accessible, comfortable and flexible learning spaces for face-to-face learners, whilst our online learning portal ensures that all students have 24/7 access to their learning materials, resources and assessments.

  • Expert Trainers

    All our Educators are experienced in the Healthcare sector. ACCLM takes pride in providing students with educators that have current experience working within the specialised sector of learning. We pride ourselves on the standard of delivery and commitment of our academic staff.


I just want to say a big thank you for all the support you guys gave me. At this stage in my life I never thought I would be able to take up study again let alone pass my course and receive a Certificate. Achieving the result has boosted my confidence and as a mum about to enter back into the workforce I feel I have learnt heaps of an area I was truly scared to approach. With the learning modules set in blocks so I could do my practical placement along the way gave me experience and also I was able to practice what I had learnt. I thank ACCLM and all the staff who talked me through my issues along the way. You were all truly amazing! THANK-YOU

In 2015 while completing my Year 12 I also decided to do a Diploma of Management to hopefully increase my chances of getting into the Uni and course I wanted. I found the online learning component really easy to use and suited my study pattern. I enjoyed the easy access to online resources and the assessments as they were tailored to healthcare which gave me insight into Nursing which is what I was applying to University for in 2016. When I needed help I was able to call or email the College and I always had someone contact me back within 24 hours to book a time that suited my schedule to go over my issue. I was able to do some short online courses as part of my study which were great and gave me printable Certificates which I have put in my CV and helped me with my part time job interview. I finished my Diploma and learnt heaps along the way. I also got the Uni I wanted and am studying Nursing. Very Happy!

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