CHC51015 – Diploma of Counselling

Teaching & Assessment methods are now ONLINE from April 2020 onwards until further update.

Course Information

Qualification Name Diploma of Counselling
Qualification Code CHC51015
Course Duration:  Over a 52 weeks period
Study Mode: Blended delivery (Full-time or Part-time)
Tuition Fee: This course is subsidised through SA Government WorkReady for eligible participants. Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply. Check your eligibility at www.skills.sa.gov.au
Tuition Gap Fee: $450.00 (student Contribution)
Fee for Service: $6,500 (Self-funded)

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.

Course outcomes

Upon successful completion of this qualification student will be eligible to gain employment within the Community Services Sector with a focus on counselling including Counsellor and Case Manager.

  • Mental health support worker
  • Alcohol and drug counsellor
  • Youth Worker
  • Pastoral Care Worker
  • Counsellor
  • Welfare coordinator
  • Refugee liaison officer

Admission Criteria:

  • Must be minimum of 18 years old
  • Complete a Formal LLN test to undertake this course (Contact IIBIT for a LLN test).

Preferred Pathways:

Pathways from the qualification

After achieving this qualification candidates can also choose to pursue higher studies in Counselling, Community welfare, and Social work.


Delivery Mode:

Blended delivery

(Workshops + self-directed online learning)

This delivery mode includes 9 x 2-day workshops covering key theoretical concepts and practical elements using small group and individual learning activities. Workshops are delivered at appropriate intervals as agreed. Each workshop is followed by a period in which the student undertakes self-directed learning including work on the completion of learning activities and preparation of assessment tasks. Workshop details are covered in the study plan.


Qualification Structure:

17 competency units are required to attain Diploma of Counselling - CHC51015

13 Core units plus and 4 general Elective units

We aim to equip our graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to enable them to successfully satisfy the demands of the workplace.

Unit Code Unit Name core/Elective
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship core
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills core
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process core
CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories core
CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling core
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies core
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes core
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice core
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social,emotional and physical well-being Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
CHCYTH006 Work with young people to establish support networks Elective
CHCYTH012 Manage service response to young people in crisis Elective

Delivery Locations


L6, 127 Rundle Mall,
Adelaide, SA 5000, Australia

Phone: +61 8 8203 9000