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Diploma of Counselling

National ID: CHC51015 | State ID: AZA0



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We recommend that you are over the age of 18 before enrolling in this course as the fieldwork placement and employment outcomes are very limited for students under the age of 18.
You will need to have the ability to undertake research and apply yourself to self directed activities.

This qualification will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work with clients experiencing complex situations requiring advanced interviewing and communication skills in a community services setting.

During the course you will gain industry experience and grow your expertise by completing two supervised field placements with one of 170 government and community agencies. You may work in the areas of mental health, drugs and alcohol abuse, family and domestic violence, housing, adolescent development, or parenting and relationships - giving you a competitive edge to secure employment in this fast-growing industry.

Completion of the Diploma of Counselling may also lead to university study in Social Science/Work, Psychology, Counselling, or Youth Work.

This course may be of particular interest to graduates of Diploma or higher in community services, youth work, mental health, allied field or applicants with more than two years work/volunteer experience in community services. If you have not already completed the above you may be able to complete a combined Diploma of Community Services and Diploma of Counselling.

Entry into this course is competitive. All applicants are required to attend a mandatory interview with the Course Coordinator and complete a short Literacy assessment.  The assessment will take approximately 1 hour. The interview is an opportunity to discuss what you can expect from the course and what will be expected of you should you be offered a position. Interviews will be conducted at Joondalup, Leederville and Midland campuses during the week commencing the 10th June. Students will receive further information when they apply, including how to book your assessment.

Please note, you will need to be enrolled in the appropriate units to be offered a work placement - it is not a standard for all enrolments.

Is this course right for me?

I have the following attributes:

  • Empathetic and caring
  • Broad-minded and non-judgemental
  • Able to keep information confidential
  • Able to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures
  • Good problem-solving and rapport building skills
Delivery mode information

With part time study you will be completing your course on-campus with face to face contact with your lecturers and fellow students during every-day class activities.

Qualifications are broken down into stages to try and suit your availability. 
If you are planning on completing a Certificate III or IV level course we will recommend that the course be broken into 2 or 3 stages over 12 - 18 months 
If you are planning on completing a Diploma level course we will recommend that the course be broken into 3 or 4 stages over 18 - 24 months 

A Work Placement is compulsory for students undertaking a Certificate IV or Diploma as some units in these qualifications require you to demonstrate your skills in a work place setting. These units will be highlighted on your study plan.

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form

Workplace training offers a flexible, self-paced study program which combines workplace recognition of prior learning and individualised ‘gap’ training to attain your qualification.

Workplace training means every time you go to work you are learning and demonstrating competence whilst working towards your qualification. The flexibility of workplace training allows you to structure and perform learning and assessment in a way that fits into your professional and personal life.

Learning and assessment plans are created on an individual level in consultation with you and/or your employer. Workplace training assessment is conducted using numerous methods including practical demonstration and observation, question and answer interviews, written tasks, supervisor reports and workshops. 

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form

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Job opportunities

Your Diploma of Counselling prepares you for roles such as:

  • Counsellor
  • Family Support Counsellor
  • Phone Counsellor
  • School Counsellor
  • Alcohol and Drug Counsellor

For information about jobs and pathways, please see


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Graduates may be eligible for university entry and/or credits.

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Course Overview

WhereJoondalup (Kendrew Crescent)

One year (2 semesters) full-time or two years (4 semesters) part-time.

First semester is 3.5 days per week for 13 weeks followed by a field placement, and second semester is 4 days per week for 13 weeks followed by a field placement.

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Available Semester 2, 2018
Fees and charges

View our Indicative Fees list 

Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.




Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Apply learning theories in counsellingCHCCSL005AWB37
Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skillsCHCCSL002AWB41
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case managementCHCCSM005AVC23
Establish and confirm the counselling relationshipCHCCSL001AWB39
Facilitate the counselling relationship and processCHCCSL003AWB40
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safetyCHCDIV002AVC08
Recognise and respond to crisis situationsCHCCCS019AVC58
Reflect on and improve own professional practiceCHCPRP003AVB48
Research and apply personality and development theoriesCHCCSL004AWB38
Select and use counselling therapiesCHCCSL006AWB36
Support counselling clients in decision-making processesCHCCSL007AWB35
Work legally and ethicallyCHCLEG001AVB82
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09


Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Develop workplace communication strategiesCHCCOM003AVC30
Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processesCHCMGT005AVB71
Manage and promote diversityCHCDIV003AVC07
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCMHS005AVB65
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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