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CHC51015

Diploma of Counselling

Progress your career while helping others, with this advanced qualification that will give you the communication skills you need to work as a counsellor.

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STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Gold Coast Darling Downs and South West North Queensland
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Online
NEXT INTAKE Start date: 15 Apr 2024 Duration: 18 months View all intakes
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Full Fee
$12,410
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Course overview

Take the next step in your career in community services with this advanced qualification. This course will give you the expert counselling and communication skills you need to help others in a variety of different settings.

According to the Australian Government's Job Outlook service, the number of people working as counsellors is forecast to experience very strong growth in the future. Job prospects in this industry are strong with over 22,000 job openings expected over the next five years. 

You will learn how to establish counselling relationships, know the right questions to ask, conduct yourself within ethical and legal frameworks, and to recognise and respond to crisis situations. Our highly-skilled and intuitive teaching staff are the best in the business, and will give you the guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a counsellor, a case worker, in leisure and health industries and in case management. You will also have a solid foundation for further tertiary study.

What can I do?

  • Counsellor
  • Case Worker
  • Health and leisure worker
  • Case Manager
  • Support Worker

Course outcome:

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Pathways to study

TAFE Queensland's partnerships with Australia's top universities means you will be credited for your time with us if you decide to upgrade your qualification. Successful completion of your diploma means you will also be able to work while you study.

World-class teachers

Our teaching staff are at the top of their game and are heavily involved in the industry. This means you're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

What you will study

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units from the list below.

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCCS019
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCCS019
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL001
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL001
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a structured approach to counselling to determine, establish and confirm the nature of the counsellor client relationship according to the agency’s counselling model.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish and confirm the counselling relationship

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL002
    Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL002
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use advanced and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL003
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL003
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge to support clients to identify and work though concerns, and to manage the overall counselling process to its conclusion.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship and process

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL004
    Research and apply personality and development theories
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL004
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research key concepts and constructs of theories of personality and human development, and link those to counselling practice.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Research and apply personality and development theories

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL005
    Apply learning theories in counselling
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL005
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply theory underpinning behaviourism and social learning to formulate and monitor a program for behaviour change in a counselling context.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Apply learning theories in counselling

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL006
    Select and use counselling therapies
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL006
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and use different counselling therapies to meet client needs.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Select and use counselling therapies

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSL007
    Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSL007
    Unit description :
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action.
  • UNIT NAME
  • Support counselling clients in decision-making processes

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCCSM005
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCCSM005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV002
    Unit description :

    The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCLEG001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work legally and ethically

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCPRP003
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCPRP003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Ways to study
  • You’ll primarily learn face to face with a teacher in one of our learning spaces such as a classroom or simulated workplace environment. Some of your training may also take place via video or Zoom. Learn more

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  • You’ll primarily learn face to face with a teacher in one of our learning spaces such as a classroom or simulated workplace environment. Some of your training may also take place via video or Zoom. Learn more

  • demo View comparison chart
CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Ipswich
On campus with some online
15 Apr 2024
18 months
1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Ipswich

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    40%
  • On Campus Time
    60%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

15 Apr 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Self-paced

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Ipswich
On campus with some online
08 Jul 2024
18 months
1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Ipswich

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    40%
  • On Campus Time
    60%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Self-paced

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Ipswich
On campus with some online
30 Sep 2024
18 months
1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Ipswich

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    40%
  • On Campus Time
    60%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

30 Sep 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Self-paced

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

CAMPUS STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Toowoomba
On campus with some online
15 Apr 2024
18 months
1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Toowoomba

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    40%
  • On Campus Time
    60%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

15 Apr 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Self-paced

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Toowoomba
On campus with some online
08 Jul 2024
18 months
1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Toowoomba

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    40%
  • On Campus Time
    60%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Self-paced

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Toowoomba
On campus with some online
30 Sep 2024
18 months
1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Toowoomba

On campus with some online

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    40%
  • On Campus Time
    60%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

30 Sep 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

18 months

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

1 virtual class per week and 1 on campus block week per term

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Self-paced

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Your course is primarily online and you may interact with your teachers and other students using Zoom. You will also need to come in to campus to complete some practical learning and assessment. Learn more

  • You will study online however your classes will be delivered in real time via a scheduled timetable. You will interact with your teachers and other students using programs like Zoom. Learn more

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STUDY MODE START DATE DURATION WORKLOAD WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Online virtual classroom
08 Jul 2024
2 years
Weekly Zoom classes 12pm - 1.15pm
Wednesday
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Online virtual classroom

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    100%
  • On Campus Time
    0%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

2 years

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Weekly Zoom classes 12pm - 1.15pm
Wednesday

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

Yes

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Online with on campus practical training (South Bank)
08 Jul 2024
2 years
Part time 2 nights per week
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Online with on campus practical training (South Bank)

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    80%
  • On Campus Time
    20%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

2 years

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Part time 2 nights per week

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)
08 Jul 2024
1 year
Full time with on campus workshops and practical assessment blocks
  • Full fee: $12,410
demo

Online with on campus practical training (Southport)

  • Online Time

    How much of the course will be delivered online. 

    80%
  • On Campus Time
    20%
START DATE

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

08 Jul 2024

The date the course starts. Apply early as intakes fill up quickly. 

DURATION

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

1 year

The total length of time it takes to complete the course.

Workload

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

Full time with on campus workshops and practical assessment blocks

The average amount of time students will need to allocate to study each week.

WHAT YOU'LL PAY
  • Full fee: $12,410
Class format

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

Teacher-led, Scheduled

Some courses include classes at scheduled times while others can be completed in your own time.

VIRTUAL CLASS

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

No

Scheduled online classes using video conferencing software (such as Zoom).

ASSESSMENT

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

Online, On-Campus

The primary location assessments will take place. Some courses also require vocational placement.

TEACHER COMMS

The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

  • Phone, Email, Face-to-face, Zoom

    The different ways you can contact your teacher throughout the course.

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Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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The VET Student Loans program assists eligible students enrolled in approved courses to pay their tuition fees.  The Australian Government charges full fee-paying (non-subsidised) students a 20 per cent loan fee in addition to their tuition fees.  A VET Student Loan is a debt that must be repaid.

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat Reader. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Assessment methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Apply through QTAC

You can apply to study this course through the Queensland Tertiary Admission Centre (QTAC). You will need to submit your application on the QTAC website. It will be assessed, and if you are successful you will receive an offer directly through QTAC. You will need to accept your offer from QTAC before enrolling with TAFE Queensland.

Course disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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