CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, microcounselling 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.
Possible Employment Pathways May Include:
- Student Wellbeing Counsellor
- School Chaplin
- Welfare Counsellor
- Lifeline Counsellor
- Case Worker/Case Manager
- Counselling Support Worker
Note: Completing a qualification does not guarantee a job outcome, the possible job titles above have been included as a guide only.
Further Education Pathways
After successfully completing this qualification, students may undertake:
- Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Counselling)
- Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)
- Graduate Certificate of Counselling
- Graduate Diploma of Counselling
- Master of Counselling
- Master of Counselling (Advanced)
The course includes a classroom component and off-campus study components. Assessment is based on competency, which is the ability to demonstrate specific skills and will involve a combination of assessment methods. These assessments can include written assignments, discussion, interviews, workplace projects and practical demonstrations.
This qualification and the various delivery methods have been designed following consultations with industry, learners and other stakeholders.
Blended – Classroom based/online
Diversitat Training/Pulse, cnr Market St and Little Ryrie St, Geelong and online
Classes/online tutorials – 5.5 hours per week x 40 weeks
Assessments – 10 hours per week x 40 weeks
Self-study – 10 hours per week x 40 weeks
There are no mandatory hours for the delivery of this qualification. Practical skills are developed in live counselling sessions which are supported by trainers who currently work in the industry.
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Units of Study
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCCSL001Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL002Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL003Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCSL004Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL005Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL007Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSL006Select and use counselling therapies
CHCDFV001Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCFAM003Support people to improve relationships
CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS014Provide brief interventions
FeesVIEW COURSE FEES
This training is delivered by Diversitat Training TOID: 5819.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
Different levels of Government subsidy are available – Diversitat Training can help you to determine if you are eligible for a Government subsidy of your training through Skills First. More information about Fees and Charges can be found in our Student Handbook which can be downloaded from Current Students page.
PLEASE NOTE: Fees may apply for placement depending on the facility. If additional fees apply, this will be discussed with any students affected individually.
Some courses are only available as full fee for service (FFS).
Am I eligible for a funded place?
You may be eligible for funding support from the State or Commonwealth Government under a range of training support and incentive programs.
The Victorian Government Skills First funding is making vocational education and training more accessible to students who do not hold a post-school qualification, or who want to gain a higher level qualification than they already hold.
The Skills First funding is an entitlement to a Victorian government subsidised place in recognised training that can be accessed at any time and it will continue to be available for training at successively higher levels.
However, please note, undertaking this course may affect your eligibility for funded training with the Victorian Government in the future, as:
- You can’t start* more than 2 subsidised courses in a year.
- You can’t do more than 2 subsidised courses at the same time.
- You can’t start* more than 2 subsidised courses at the same qualification level in your life.
Diversitat Training will check your eligibility before offering you a funded place. Information on how to prepare for your eligibility assessment is here: https://www.skills.vic.gov.au/victorianskillsgateway/Understand/Pages/eligibilityassessment.aspx
If you are eligible for funding, the Victorian Government Skills First can contribute to the cost of your training.
For more information on Skills First Funding, visit;
The CHC National Training Package indicates that there are no qualification or other entry requirements for this qualification.
Diversitat recommended entry requirements:
- To be able to pass a Working With Children Check and National Police Check
- 18 years of age
- Certain level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy requirement
Diversitat Training qualifications require students to have an intermediate understanding of the use of computers and the internet. If they do not have skills at the required level they will be provided with additional support such as one on one training, mentoring and peer support. Students are recommended to have access to a computer and a broadband internet connection at home.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy Requirements
All students are assessed prior to enrolment to ensure they achieve competence at the required ACSF level utilising Diversitat’s Qualification Suitability Assessment tool (LLN Robot) and during the pre-training review interview.
The tool assesses Reading, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication and Learning skills; as well as the applicant’s suitability for the specific qualification applied for.
A Pre-Training Assessment is conducted prior to enrolment to determine the ACSF levels of the student. The assessment tools used are accompanied by a marking guide. This marking guide ensures consistency between assessors. All staff undertaking assessment of the completed ACSF pre training assessment tools have received training in this task.
RPL and Credit Transfer
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL involves a formal recognition of the skills and knowledge you have already achieved through previous studies, work and life experiences.
To obtain Recognition of Prior Learning you must satisfy the requirements for the entire unit, not just some parts of it.
If you believe you qualify, we will formally assess your existing skills and knowledge and determine if they can count towards your qualification and shorten the period of training. This will take into account;
- work-related training courses
- on-the-job skills and work experience
- volunteer and community work
- a combination of all of the above
Fees for RPL are determined based on units and nominal hours.
Obligation to recognise qualifications and statement of attainments (Credit Transfer)
It is our obligation to recognise qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other RTOs which align to your proposed course of study. This is known as Credit Transfer (CT).
You may be eligible for credit transfer of units if you have studied before. This means you will not need to repeat a unit if you can provide certified evidence of successfully completing a unit that is equivalent to a unit currently included in a course or traineeship.
To apply for a Credit Transfer you will need to present the original certified copy of Qualification or Statement of Attainment and a transcript clearly indicating the course and units undertaken and results obtained. This should take place prior to the commencement of the course.
If you are a full fee paying student, You will need to provide the evidence within 2 weeks of your enrolment application or you will be charged tuition for those units.
There is no fee for Credit Transfer.
Induction before you start the course
You will be given a formal induction at the beginning of your course. Important details are further communicated in the Student Handbook which can be downloaded from Current Students page.
There is a formal induction checklist that you will be taken through and at the end of induction you will be asked to sign the checklist to verify that you understand the details, including competency based assessment and reasonable adjustment, assessment methods, due dates and delivery requirements, surveys and the complaints/appeals process.
Alongside this there are also worksite inductions conducted if you are participating in placement as part of your training.
On successful completion, participants will be issued with a certificate for this qualification within 30 calendar days. For unit completion only, a Statement of Attainment will be awarded.
Diversitat Training will provide all course information and resources; however, participants are required to provide their own work folders, pens etc. A materials/resources fee may be charged for course materials such as resources, handouts and text materials. Additional expenses/levies may be required for some courses to cover extra course expenses such as tools of trade, equipment, excursions etc. You will be advised if these expenses apply to your studies prior to enrolment.
Access & Equity / Reasonable Adjustment
Modification or adjustments may be made to the learning materials and methods suitable to the student.
At times students may require adjustment to assessment (for example students with a physical disability). By applying reasonable adjustment, aiming to respect the student’s learning needs, whilst delivering quality training, and promote access and equity consistently to all students ensures a fair and reasonable assessment and work judged on merit, demonstrating no victimisation nor discrimination.
For more information about reasonable adjustment please visit the Current Students page on our website and download the latest Student Handbook.
Completing a qualification does not guarantee a job outcome, any possible job titles above have been included as a guide only. Completing a qualification does not guarantee a license by an industry regulator within the course jurisdiction. There are no guaranteed employment or qualification outcomes in the VET sector.