Diploma of Counselling

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Diploma of Counselling

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Diploma of Counselling 

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This qualification reflects the role of counsellors, who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities.

They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. You will work in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies. The industry is expected to grow up to 27,800 workers by 2026 equating to a future growth of 14.2%.

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A Diploma of Counselling course can go a long way. Here’s what is possible:

Learning Method



18 months

Work Placement

There is no mandatory work placement with this course

Training delivered by

Kirana Colleges Registered Training Organisation; Maxis Solutions Pty Ltd RTO ID 91428

Course Requirement

There are in total 17 units to complete for the Diploma of Counselling.

Students will need to ensure they are prepared and equiped with the skills to handle the demands and pressures of counselling. Each student will complete a pre-screening upon enrolment.

Entry Requirements

There are no education entry requirements for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

Students must be above the age of 17 to enrol and 18 years of age to complete work placement to complete this qualification. Students under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardians’ permission to enrol.

Students will be required to provide a current National Police Certificate prior to commencing work.

University pathways

Kirana Colleges is proud to have University Articulations that allow our students a seamless pathway to higher education.

To learn more, ask your Course and Careers Advisor for more information on this today.

Student Selection Process

Kirana’s student selection process is designed to ensure that you are enrolled in the qualification that best meets your needs.

Kirana’s selection criteria will take into account various factors when deciding upon which students will be offered places in the program including;

  • The students’ needs and desired outcomes
  • The ability and commitment of the students to complete the course;
  • Eligibility requirements listed in the applicable National Training Package;
  • Students existing ability in the ACSF core skills, (learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy)

Students not meeting these requirements will be directed to more suitable qualifications or skill development programs.

The field of counselling is a significant component of the industry, experiencing a substantial demand for employment. In Australia, this sector offers gratifying career prospects, where professionals strive to enhance the well-being of the individuals in their community. While it can be challenging, pursuing a counselling career is an excellent avenue to create a constructive influence on the world, aiding individuals in achieving greater happiness and improved mental health.

Career Insights

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Case Coordinator or Manager
Case Worker
Community Support Worker
Health and Leisure Worker

Future Growth



projected growth in the Counselling sector by 2026.

Source: Labour Market Insights

Average Weekly Pay



for Counsellors

Source: Labour Market Insights

Satisfied with Training



of graduates were satisfied with the training

Source: My Skills

Course Structure

A total of 17 units are required to complete this qualification; 13 Core and 4 Electives.

Core Units

The following thirteen (13) core units must be completed.

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

The following four (4) elective units must be completed.

CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Payment Information

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Our student Reviews

We always take care of our students and they are very happy. We have collected a few stories for you.

Stephanie Vivian
Chelsea East
Matthew Musgrove
Sabina Green

I recently completed my Diploma of Community Services with Kirana. I was incredibly impressed with the level of support I received from my teacher Wendy, who was a great help to me through every step of my study journey. As somebody who has worked in the industry for a few years, gaining this qualification allows me to take my career to the next level. I would recommend Kirana colleges to anybody to further their education.

Stephanie Vivian – Diploma of Community Services</h6

Sheralyn was able to give me sound, useful advice when I was struggling balancing family/work and study. I really appreciate the fact that Sheralyn went above and beyond her duties in supporting and educating me through my Diploma, sometimes working early or late to have a conversation about a concept I was struggling with.

Chelsea East – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

From the get-go Kirana was wonderful. From all the online colleges I emailed, Kirana replied first. They were super easy to deal with and set up payments without trouble. The course was amazing. I learnt so much studying online, and the help I got from my trainers was prompt, easy to understand and friendly. The website is set out in a way that anything is easy to find and working through the course content was so simple. Thank you Kirana Colleges for all your help, and for setting me up in a career for life!

Matthew Musgrove – Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing)

From the initial phone call with Kirana Colleges I knew that they would be the right choice and I was not disappointed. I appreciated the flexibility of a self-paced course that was provided for me, the learning materials were clear and to the point. Office staff, student support and my teacher were always available to answer any queries and help me out when I needed it. Thank you for making my experience so smooth!

Sabina Green – Certificate III in Individual Support

Studying online was totally new to me and quite a daunting prospect, but Kirana made it so easy. From initial contact, right through to the end, each person I dealt with in the organisation was extremely friendly, professional, and respectful.

I never felt like I was doing my course on my own. I always knew that I had support, with feedback to questions almost immediately every time.

I highly recommend Kirana Colleges to anyone looking into a qualification.

Rolene Van Der Westhuizen – Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

I highly recommend Kirana for anyone wanting user friendly online learning and excellent course material. The communication and support from my trainer went beyond my expectations, I certainly didn’t feel as though I was studying alone.

Achieving my Diploma was an enjoyable and rewarding experience thanks to Kirana.

Jo O’Donnell – Diploma of Community Services
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