Diploma of Counselling

Course Code: CHC51015 Enquire Now
  • Course Duration62 weeks (2 years max)
  • Course DeliveryOnline and Workshops
  • Course Intake23 Mar, 13 Apr, 18 May 20
  • Course Fee$3,950

• Completed Year 12 or Certificate III qualification or overseas equivalent, or sufficient life experience (work or study) can be considered • Minimum 18 years of age

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 online virtual workshops offered 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.

Domestic intake dates

Start date

End date

23 Mar 2020

23 May 2021

13 Apr 2020

20 Jun 2021

18 May 2020

15 Aug 2021

8 Jun 2020


6 Jul 2020


27 Jul 2020


17 Aug 2020


7 Sep 2020


21 Sep 2020


28 Sep 2020


9 Nov 2020


4 Jan 2021


25 Jan 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:

  • BSBLDR511 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

Online Course Delivery

The course is delivered completely online with no classroom attendance required. A sound level of computer literacy is essential for students. Online delivery provides you with maximum flexibility, allowing you to study anywhere and anytime.
As all training materials and assessments are delivered online, you must have access to a good computer with internet access. You have online access to your facilitator and other support.
This mode has monthly commencement dates and is available nationally.

Virtual workshops will be held throughout the course to provide practical application of your skills and knowledge.

Students will be provided with information about available workshops during their training.

Complimentary Live Sessions

ACCLM Courses include complimentary fortnightly live sessions over Zoom (video chat software similar to Skype) for all students where students interact with their trainer and peers, have their questions answered, and receive additional support with their studies. Participation in these sessions is not mandatory.

Sessions are conducted by Deborah S., an expert with 28 years of experience in working and teaching in the Counselling, Community Services sector and Management.

Join us fortnightly for a good chat about what is important for you.

All you need is a computer/laptop with a microphone and a web camera (recommended). Detailed instructions and link to join these sessions are sent to all students closer to the date. Become a part of ACCLM Community and enrich your online learning experience by joining our live sessions!

Domestic Prices (AUD)

Tuition Fee: $3,950 (Special price, old price $7,500)

Payment plans

  • Weekly: $38 x 104 weeks
  • Fortnightly: $76 x 52 installments
  • Monthly: $165 x 24 months

If you choose a payment plan option & complete the course before the maximum time stipulation of 2 years, you will have to pay the remaining before collection of your certificate.

Contact us to sign up now: 1800 875 725 / 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.

  • 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!

I decided to do the next level of Certificate so I could increase my chances of a higher paid position within the healthcare sector. I have grown as a person and have learnt some lifelong lessons along the way. I enjoyed the learning experience immensely. ACCLM is the best RTO that I have had the pleasure of learning from. I would highly recommend to anyone wishing to further their education.

I studied my Certificate III over twelve months online. I had no previous experience in HealthCare so I was a bit worried how I would go. I spoke to Student Services nearly every week and the lady reassured me I was on track. The trainer would call me and go through areas I was stuck on and guide me. I really liked the short courses. There was quizzes and really cool pictures which taught me about the subject I was studying. I like that I could study at my own pace. I ended up getting a job at the aged care facility I did my placement at and love the residents.

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