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Graduate Diploma of Counselling

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) and the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

This course has been accredited by the Navitas Professional Institute (NPI) under its self-accrediting authority. 

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.

Course Structure

12 units

For more information see the full course guide

Course Guide

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.

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
  • It is a condition of progression in this course that students complete a national police record check in their first trimester of enrolment.

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 ACAP as equivalent to Australian qualifications.

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

Please click here for information on Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

Apply or find out more

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.

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