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Diploma of Counselling

Open Colleges is Australia's oldest and most respected provider of Online and distance education courses. We deliver over 150 online and distance education courses, including an extensive range of nationally recognised certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas. …
Code: E0110
Location: Online
Category: Healthcare & Community Services
Delivery: Correspondence - Online
Sub Category: Counselling
Level: Diploma
Duration: Max 24 months

We are Australia's oldest and most respected provider of Online and distance education courses. We deliver over 150 online and distance education courses, including an extensive range of nationally recognised certificates, diplomas and advanced diplomas.  


The difference:

  • Nationally accredited: This ensures your qualification is recognised by industry around Australia.
  • Start today! Our courses offer you ultimate flexibility. There is no need to attend classes at a campus or wait for an intake or start date. You can start your course whenever it suits you!
  • Study from home at your own pace: You can study from home at your own pace. You can a choose to receive your learning materials by mail or online.
  • Benefit from 100 years of history: Open Colleges has been delivering distance education to Australians for more than 100 years. Join over 700,000 Australians who have studied with Open Colleges. Unlike many other institutions, we are specialists in distance learning.
  • We help you to succeed: We provide you with comprehensive support throughout your studies. From access to ‘OpenSpace’ — our online learning portal — to support from experienced tutors, we help you every step of the way.
  • Affordable fees: We provide you with a range of different payment plan options. You can pay upfront and get a discount on your fees or you can choose to pay by instalment – including weekly, fortnightly and monthly options.
  • Articulation opportunities: Once you have completed this course, you may receive credit if you wish to pursue further education.



This is a popular course so we recommend that you enrol as soon as possible to secure your place.

Take a significant step towards a rewarding career in the fast-growing counselling profession with this nationally recognised qualification.

The Diploma of Counselling CHC51708 provides a range of skills required to undertake general counselling work, communicate effectively at a high level, refer clients and work within a case-management framework. It is also ideal for professionals in HR and other areas where counselling skills are highly valued, as the distance learning format allows you to complete the course at your own pace.

With guidance from an experienced trainer, access to high-quality learning materials and a work placement for practical experience and industry contacts, you could be ready to pursue counselling work in as little as 12 months – or even open your own practice.

Potential jobs:
  • Counsellor


Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to apply for membership of the Australian Community Counselling Association.

Open Colleges, Australia's leading distance education provider, has partnered with Integrated Care & Management Training (ICMT) to promote and provide access to the Diploma of Counselling CHC51708, which is delivered through distance education.

ICMT (National Provider Code 90197) is a leading provider of education and training in the Health and Community Services sectors. ICMT is distinguished by its up-to-date courses, designed in partnership with industry, and its outstanding student and graduate outcomes.

Equipment: Students will need access to a digital video camera and related software to record some of the assessment tasks.



Workplace requirements

Students will be required to undertake 200 hours of work placement. Students will be required to demonstrate their skills according to the units of competency they are studying.


Additional requirements

National Criminal Record Check: Prior to commencing work placement, students willl be required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (CRC) to obtain a National Police Certificate.

Commission for Children and Young People Student Declaration: Before commencing work placement, students will be required to sign a CCYP Student Declaration form, which they must provide to the state public health facility. This form declares that the student is not prohbited from working with children and young people.



CHCCM503C - Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management

CHCCS514A - Recognise and respond to individuals at risk

CHCCSL501A - Work within a structured counselling framework

CHCCSL502A - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

CHCCSL503A - Facilitate the counselling relationship

CHCCSL504A - Apply personality and development theories

CHCCSL505A - Apply learning theories in counselling

CHCCSL506A - Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues

CHCCSL507A - Support clients in decision-making processes

CHCCSL508A - Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice

CHCCSL509A - Reflect and improve upon counselling skills

CHCCSL512A - Determine suitability of client for counselling services

HLTHIR403C - Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

HLTOHS300A - Contribute to OHS processes

CHCCS403B - Provide brief intervention

CHCICS405A - Facilitate groups for individual outcomes

CHCCS426A - Provide support and care relating to loss and grief


For more information about this course please complete the enquiry form.

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