Diploma of Counselling – CHC51015

Qualification Name Diploma of Counselling
Qualification Code CHC51015
Course Duration 52 weeks
Study Mode Face-to-face, online and blended
Tuition Fee $12,000

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.

Admission Criteria

The following entry requirements apply to this course:
  • Age requirement: All students must be over 18 years of age.
  • Academic requirement: All students must have completed Australian Year 12 or its overseas equivalent or an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate III or higher qualification prior to commencing this course.
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) course pre-assessment test
  • Have a USI or obtain a USI refer https://www.usi.gov.au/students

English language requirements for international students:

Students must also meet IIBIT’s standards for English Proficiency. In order to demonstrate possession of adequate English language proficiency, students must provide valid evidence of attainment of at least one of the following:
  • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) overall band score: 5.5
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based test) test score band: 46
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English) test score band: 42
  • CAE (Cambridge English Advanced) test score band: 47
  • OET (Occupational English Test) test score band: Pass
  • TOEFL PBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based Test) test score band: 527


Teaching and Assessment methods:

Teaching methods focus on classroom based face-to-face training, which includes lectures and practical tutorials. Classes are small in size and lecturers focus on individual student needs during the learning process. The emphasis in assessment is on collection of evidence, holistic assessment against the unit of competency and trainer/assessor judgment. Importance is placed on the integration of areas of theoretical knowledge, practical skills and proper work attitudes. The following assessment methods are used:
  • Written examinations
  • Written and oral quizzes
  • Simulated workplace activities/scenarios/role plays
  • Projects/assignments/presentations
  • Classroom activities
Learning and assessment generally take place in an integrated classroom and simulated workplace environment.

Career opportunities

Possible career opportunities relevant to this qualification include:
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker
  • Careers Counsellor
  • Student Counsellor

Qualification Structure

This qualification consists of 17 units of competency that is made up of 13 core units and 4 elective units
Unit codes and names Core / Elective
1. CHCCSL001- Establish and confirm the counselling relationship Core
2. CHCCSL005- Apply learning theories in counselling Core
3. CHCDIV001- Work with diverse people Core
4. CHCDIV002- Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
5. CHCCSL004- Research and apply personality and development theories Core
6. CHCCCS019- Recognise and respond to crisis situations Core
7. CHCCSL007- Support counselling clients in decision-making processes Core
8. CHCCSL006- Select and use counselling therapies Core
9. CHCCSM005- Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management Core
10. CHCCSL003- Facilitate the counselling relationship and process Core
11. CHCCSL002- Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills Core
12. CHCLEG001- Work legally and ethically Core
13. CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
14. CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing Elective
15. CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues Elective
16. CHCYTH006 - Work with young people to establish support networks Elective
17. CHCYTH012 - Manage service response to young people in crisis Elective

Delivery Locations


Gnd Floor, 841 George St,
Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia

Phone: +61 2 9269 0077


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

Phone: +61 8 8203 9000