Diploma of Counselling

The Diploma of Counselling is designed for individuals aspiring to become skilled counsellors, helping clients address personal and psychological issues through established counselling approaches. In this role, counsellors utilise effective communication, micro-counselling, and interviewing skills, while drawing upon a range of counselling therapies to support their clients.

At this diploma level, counsellors typically work within structured and supported counselling positions within established agencies, rather than in independent practice. This program provides you with the knowledge and techniques to make a positive impact on individuals’ lives by helping them navigate personal and psychological challenges.

Course Details

Course Name

Diploma of Counselling

Course Code



12 months


17 units

Course Fee


Units of Competency

To achieve this qualification, 17 units of competency must be completed comprising of 13 core units and 4 elective units.

Course Entry Requirements

No formal prerequisites are necessary for enrolling in this course. However, it is expected that candidates possess sound English reading and writing skills. Additionally, students must have access to a computer, the internet, and an active email address. Proficiency in computer usage and typing is essential for the successful completion of assignments. Learners must also be at least 18 years of age when commencing study.

Due to the nature of employment outcomes and working in the community services sector, you must obtain a National Police Clearance prior to commencing your study.

Duration and Structure

The course duration is 12 months and self-paced, with access to our online Learning Management System. You will be assigned a trainer/assessor who will assist throughout your course completion.

Assessment methods include:

  • Short answer questions/written responses
  • Demonstrations/observations
  • Written assessments
  • Third-party reports
  • Practical activity/projects

Potential Careers

Potential job roles on completion of this program include:

  • Counsellor

Course Fees


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you qualify for RPL?

Core Units

CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Elective Units

CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTAID011 Provide first aid*
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

*HLTAID011 can be obtained via an external provider and a credit transfer can be applied to this unit of
competency. If you do obtain HLTAID011 externally, Westbourne College will reimburse you the unit cost.

Why Choose Westbourne?

Westbourne is one of Australia’s leading training providers for individuals, businesses, community groups and Government with a record of success in designing and delivering nationally recognised training qualifications.

Westbourne College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #41084).

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