Diploma of Counselling Skills

Diploma of Counselling Skills

This higher education diploma qualification provides the skills and knowledge in counselling and high level communication required to undertake work within the community services industry.

Students are required to attend on-campus workshops which provide opportunities to put their skills into practice.

On successful completion of this course, students are eligible for direct entry into the following ACAP courses:

  • Bachelor of Applied Social Science, Bachelor of Counselling, Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching)

Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); OR

  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); OR

  • Completion of the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) at exit level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both literacy and numeracy; OR

  • Be 21 years or above at the date of entry

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall score of 7.0 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).


ACAP’s Diploma of Counselling Skills is available on-campus in SydneyBrisbane or Melbourne. Blended delivery (a combination of online and on-campus learning) is available in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide.

Course Duration and Start Dates

1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

Trimester 1: Monday 5 February 2018
Trimester 2: Monday 28 May 2018
Trimester 3: Monday 17 September 2018

What will I learn?

Areas of study include:

  • Reflective Learning and Practice
  • Psychology of Health and Wellness
  • Counselling Skills
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Social, Legal and Ethical Frameworks

For more information, see the course guide.

Study Modes

ACAP’s Diploma of Counselling Skills is available on-campus in SydneyBrisbaneMelbourne, or via blended delivery (a combination of online and on-campus learning) in SydneyBrisbaneMelbourne or Adelaide.

On-campus study in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne
On-campus study requires you to attend one class per week for each of the subjects you are studying. Classes provide an interactive and hands-on experience, which allows your teacher to provide immediate feedback on your work in class.

Blended delivery in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Adelaide
Blended delivery is a combination of online delivery and mandatory on-campus workshops. Blended delivery for the Diploma of Counselling Skills means that students must attend two days of compulsory on campus workshops and three hours of compulsory online synchronous sessions within each coursework unit. To find out which units are offered by blended delivery, please refer to our course sequence for more information.


FEE-HELP is available to eligible students enrolled in the Diploma of Counselling Skills. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you will be eligible to apply for and receive FEE-HELP once you have enrolled in this course. 

Click here for additional information regarding fees. For assistance from our course advisors call 1800 061 199 or email info.acap@navitas.com.


On-campus workshops form a vital part of the assessment and experiential learning process, providing students with face-to-face training in practical skills.

Workshops are held at ACAP's Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne campuses and are compulsory for online delivery or mixed mode students, depending on the subjects studied. For more information on ACAP’s Diploma of Counselling Skills workshops, click here