Diploma of Counselling Skills
Help people see the change they need


National CRICOS Course Code
Course length
1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Monday 4 February 2019
Monday 27 May 2019
Monday 16 September 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth, 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.

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.

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.


This course is comprised of a number of core units. Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your course. 

There are no elective units available for this diploma.



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.


Feel free to get in touch with us

1800 061 199
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 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 the Qualifications Recognition Policy Unit to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by ACAP.

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.

I completed my placements at Mosman Private Hospital, where I ran group patient sessions. Before my internship was complete, I’d been offered a job.



Your Career Pathways


Gain experience and confidence in the field of counselling and an understanding of the mental health system. You’ll be able to take your first step towards a successful career in counselling, applying your skills to a range of fields, programs and companies within your community.

Further Study Pathways

Go on to gain a deeper understanding of human behaviour by furthering your studies through our Bachelor of Counselling. This will put you on the path to working in professional counselling services including mental health, alcohol and other drugs abuse, bereavement and loss, family and relationships, as well as general counselling.

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