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Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling

About this course

Are you interested in a career helping people improve their lives, or looking to upskill but not sure where to start? The Undergraduate Certificate in Counselling is a 6-month full time higher education qualification ideal for candidates considering pursuing a helping profession and wanting to see if counselling is the right area of study for them. 

This entry level qualification will enable you to develop knowledge and a clear understanding of the nature of counselling and the characteristics of the counsellor as a therapeutic professional.  In the course you will explore values in counselling, ethical issues in counselling and processes that guide culturally responsible practices. 

Upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded a higher education certificate and credits towards the Diploma and/or Bachelor of Counselling or the Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling.

This is one of four new Undergraduate Certificate courses at ACAP, developed in response to the global COVID-19 crisis to create opportunities for individuals interested in helping communities recover from adversity and to take positive steps towards their future employability. Fee help is available.    

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

What you'll learn


Explore with an applied focus:

  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Professional Reflection
  • Professions in Society
  • Sustainability in the Helping Professions

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Course Structure

4 units

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Course Guide

This course is comprised of 4 core units, which are compulsory subjects required to complete your qualification.

Admission Criteria

Domestic student
Meet one of the following criteria:
  • 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)

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

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