CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Helping you to help

The Diploma of Counselling course provides a broad overview of the discipline, while helping to develop the skills and self awareness needed for ministry and counselling practice.

The course will equip graduates with the listening and responding skills necessary to work effectively with their clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling methods and practices. Graduates will learn to use communication, micro-counselling, and interviewing techniques, and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist others. The course will be delivered by experienced and qualified counsellors using experiential and inductive learning in small face-to-face training groups.

It also provides a pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling, which will be available from 2018.


Course duration

2 years part-time


Online and classroom-based learning


Achieved level of education equal or above year 12.
Candidates also required a letter from a Christian Minister testifying to their potential suitability as a counsellor.
You must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or hold a permanent humanitarian visa.


  • Certified copy of Year 12 certificate (or any higher qualification)
  • Letter of recommendation from your pastor (must include pastor’s contact details).

Course description

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.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Subjects/Units of Competency

This course requires that you complete ALL of the following units of compentency.

CORE (13)
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   Research and 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

CHCCCS017  Provide loss and grief support
CHCPRT001   Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
CHCCCS003   Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCDFV001   Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

Fees and payment options

Total cost over two years: $10,700.

This payment plan is subject to a $500 deposit. Regular payments to be made by either credit card or direct debit on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis at a rate which will complete payment of fees by the end of each session of study. A discount of 5% will be applied where students pay for the full course in advance.
If you would like to make an arrangement for payments, contact us.

Course progression and graduation is conditional upon timely payment of fees. St Mark’s reserves the right to withdraw students who are in arrears.

VET Student Loans (VSL)
Students in the Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) may be eligible for VET Student Loans (VSL) up to a capped amount of $10, 000; the total cost of this course over two years is $10,700. For more information click here.  Please be aware that under the transition arrangements in place for the first half of 2017, RTOs can only guarantee access to VSL until June 30 2017. VSL access after this date is subject to the outcome of the new approval process.  The total amount of loans accumulated by students at a particular RTO is also capped and St Mark’s is only able to allocate VSL-funded places on a first-come-first-served basis. 

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Key dates

We break up our academic year into two sessions.
Session 1: Begins Monday 6 February, ends Monday 3 July.
Intensives are on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July
Session 2: Begins the week starting Monday 17 July, ends Thursday 23 December

Applications close: 31 January 2017

How to apply

Applications for this course have now closed for 2017. For further enquiries, please contact our office.