Diploma of Counselling

Counselling counts. Support, care and restore

There’s a growing demand for people who can offer support services to adults and teenagers who may need guidance and support to lead a more fulfilling, happier life so they can reach their full potential. Counselling is a very rewarding career and extremely satisfying.

The Diploma of Counselling will equip you with the knowledge and understanding to provide professional help to diverse groups and individuals and make a real difference to someone’s life.

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What you will learn

You will learn skills and techniques which you can implement in a career that offers support to people from varied backgrounds.  Subjects include responding to crisis situations, developing and facilitating a counselling relationship, working with diverse people and helping those who have suffered from grief or trauma.

How you will study

Assessments are by way of written assignments and have a practical component. You will receive dedicated trainer team support throughout your studies and no formal entry requirements are needed for this qualification. To achieve this qualification we will ensure you are assigned 40 hours of work placement experience.

Learning is online, but you will be expected to attend mandatory mobile workshops within your state. To complete the course you will need to complete six of these mobile workshops.  TrainSmart Australia will give you advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to ensure you are able to participate. We can help you to find a hotel if you are coming from a distance. The workshops will be one or two days long and will enrich your study experience.

What are your career options with a Diploma of Counselling?

This course enables you to work in a variety of settings providing counselling services to others. You can also find employment in community or family support organisations and within government support services.

Student entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.  TrainSmart Australia will assess a students’ ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:-

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 Certificate; or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Cost of this course

The current course cost for this counselling course online is $11,400.

Your fee payment options are:-

  • Self-funded payment plan – pay your course fee by credit card, cheque, eft, or cash.
  • VET Study Loan – Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.
  • Flexible Payment Options

Unit of study


  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    Select and use counselling therapies
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
    Apply learning theories in counselling


  • CHCCSL002
    Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
    Research and apply personality and development theories
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice


  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    Provide loss and grief support
    Plan and conduct group activities
    Support counselling clients in decision making processes

 Complimentary services

Membership of the TrainSmart Australia student portal in which you will receive updates on class status, new facilities, promotions and social media updates.


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