Diploma of Counselling Skills

Help people see the change they need

Diploma of Counselling Skills


National CRICOS Course Code


Course length

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



Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth, or via online delivery or via blended delivery which combines online study with compulsory on-campus workshops, or a combination of all. You will need to have access to a computer and the internet, study mode availability is subject to unit requirements and trimester enrolments.

For international students this course is only available in Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane.

Intake & start dates
Mon 3 Feb 2020 (Closed)
Mon 25 May 2020
Mon 14 Sep 2020

About this course

The insight to support others

Understand human connection. Begin a successful career in counselling.

You’re a good listener and great at helping others see things more objectively. Our Diploma of Counselling Skills gives you deep insight into how we think and act and why we do it. Through this knowledge you will provide ways to help others develop better self-awareness for a more positive path.

You’ll graduate with the practical strategies to start your introductory career in counselling, and the skills needed to provide social, health and wellness support. On completion of this diploma, you can choose to progress to the Bachelor of Counselling with one year of credit.

Key to this is an up-to-date understanding of the mental health system, ethical and legal practices, and the best way to support personal and professional development.

Our on-campus workshops also give you the face-to-face practical skills vital to your learning process.



What you'll learn

Expertise in human behaviour forms the foundation of all our courses including our Diploma of Counselling Skills

Explore with a practical focus:

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

See the complete course guide here.

Before Applying

Chat to one of our ACAP course advisors to make sure you’re picking the right course for your goals. Think about funding options, and whether full-time or part-time study suits your commitments. We’ve also got some entry requirements and practical components to complete.

Before you start studying at ACAP, check out the services and support available to students. 

Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 039 139


Admission Criteria

Meet one of the following requirements:
  • Participate in a screening interview (typically by phone though online can be arranged if required); and
  • Be 21 years or above at the date of commencement; or
  • Completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (or equivalent); or
  • Completion of a Certificate IV or above (or equivalent); or
  • Admission to an undergraduate degree at an Australian University (or equivalent)

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5 completed in the last two years (or equivalent).

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.