Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Graduate Diploma of Counselling


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Course length

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



Study modes

On-campus in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and 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.

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

Intake & start dates
Mon 3 Feb 2020 (Closed)
Mon 15 Jun 2020 (Closed)
Mon 28 Sep 2020

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).



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.

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 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 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