Diploma of Counselling

National Code: CHC51015
TAFE SA Code: TP00941


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. At this level, the counsellor will be working in defined and supported counselling roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.
This qualification includes an opportunity to undertake work experience in Adelaide CBD where you will participate in direct supervised counselling in a well-known crisis support organisation. This includes on the job training, support and supervision.

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12 months 

Full Time

Counsellor and Community Worker

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If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
We recommend that applicants with no or limited knowledge or skills in community services study a Certificate IV in Community Services or related field before this course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
This course is delivered through online study, independent learning one day a week, and two compulsory on-campus workshops a week. Workshops are usually from 9.30 to 4.00pm, and occasionally from 9.00 to 5.00pm. This course is available at Regency Park in Term 1 and 3.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You are encouraged to consider your personal wellness and capacity to interact with and be assessed on traumatic course content. You will need sound computer skills and ability to navigate online systems.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Working with Children check and a National Police check.

Mandatory Requirements
You will need to have a current Working with Children Check. Some industry partners may also require a current National Police Check, COVID-19 and flu vaccinations that you may need to meet or show evidence of.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).

This course is part of the Fee Free TAFE initiative. Fee Free TAFE and vocational education is a joint initiative of the Australian and South Australian Governments providing tuition-free training places to students wanting to train, retrain or upskill. The eligibility check below is an indication only and does not confirm your eligibility status. Eligibility verification will take place before the enrolment process and may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. The number of Fee Free TAFE places that are funded is limited by the terms of the skills agreement signed by the Australian and South Australian Governments. Should all available Fee Free TAFE places be taken, subsequent applicants will be offered a subsidised place.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Support worker, problem gambling worker, family liaison worker.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)
    This qualification covers crisis situations, counselling relationship and process, interpersonal and interview skills, personality and development theory, learning theories, counselling therapies, case management, working with diverse people, legal and ethical requirements and professional practice. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 13 core units and 4 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply learning theories in counselling 65
    Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills 60
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management 75
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship 100
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process 120
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Research and apply personality and development theories 50
    Select and use counselling therapies 70
    Support counselling clients in decision-making processes 120
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Provide loss and grief support 55
    Provide suicide bereavement support 50
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

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