Graduate Diploma of Counselling
Help change the lives of more people.


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Course length
2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Tue 5 Feb 2019
Tue 28 May 2019
Tue 17 Sep 2019

Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, 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.

Only available to international students on-campus in Melbourne and Sydney.

About this course

The insight to support your clients

Understand human connection. Lead a successful career in counselling.

You care about the happiness of people and want to do more to help your community. Our Graduate Diploma of Counselling gives you deep insight into why we think and act the way we do, and ways to help people think more positively.

This course is ideal if you already have a degree in another discipline and want to qualify as a Counsellor without undertaking an undergraduate qualification.

 It gives you the practical skills to become a counsellor in the public, private and community sectors, relating to bereavement and loss, alcohol and other drugs, mental health, family and relationships.

Our course includes 200 hours in a placement agency, over two consecutive trimesters, including 40 hours of face-to-face client counselling. The course is also accredited by the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).


This course is comprised of a number of core and elective units.

Core units are compulsory subjects required to complete your degree. 

Electives are a range of units that give you the chance to study specific topics you might be interested in. You still need to complete a set number of elective units to graduate.



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 the following criteria:
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in any field from an accredited Higher Education Provider, or
  • Completion of a Higher Education Advanced Diploma and relevant work experience, or
  • Completion of an Associate Degree in a similar field of study and relevant work experience.


  • Completion of a Counselling Applicant Screening Questionnaire, and
  • Completion of a National Criminal History Record check within 30 days of accepting the offer.

International student IELTS requirement: Academic IELTS minimum overall band of 6.5 with no individual band below 6.0 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.

The accrediting body may have additional requirements, including minimum English language, to meet professional accreditation standards. For more information on meeting those requirements visit

What you'll learn

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

You’ll explore with an applied focus:

  • Grief Counselling
  • Cross-cultural Counselling
  • Ethical Practice
  • Mental Health Practices

See the complete course guide here.

If you’re interested in the human condition, this is the place to be. My diploma activated parts of my brain I hadn’t used for 30 or 40 years. And that is incredibly satisfying.



Your Career Pathways


Gain the right experience to work as a counsellor in the public, private and community sectors. Your counselling services will cover many areas including alcohol and other drugs, bereavement and loss, family and relationships and mental health.

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