Diploma of



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:

  • Counsellor
  • Student Wellbeing Counsellor
  • School Chaplain
  • 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)

Course Structure

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.

Delivery Mode/s

Classroom based

Program Duration 45 weeks
Delivery Site 68-70 Little Ryrie Street, Geelong

Classes – 12 hours per week x 45 weeks

Self-study – 20.4 hours per week x 45 weeks

Work Placement

There are no mandatory hours for the delivery of this qualification. Practical skills are developed in simulated counselling sessions which are supported by trainers who currently work in the industry.

Core Units

  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPRP003
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
  • 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
  • CHCCSL007
    Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCCS019
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSM005
    Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCSL006
    Select and use counselling therapies


Elective Units

  • CHCDFV001
    Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
  • CHCFAM003
    Support people to improve relationships
  • CHCCCS014
    Provide brief interventions
  • CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care

This training is delivered by Cultura Training RTO: 45814
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Different levels of Government subsidy are available – Cultura 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.

No charge for eligible students.

Recommended text book purchase: Basic Personal Counselling 8th Ed, By David Geldard, Kathryn

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.


Cultura 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/s/how-to-check-your-eligibility

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;


Got questions? Ask us!

The CHC National Training Package indicates that there are no qualification or other entry requirements for this qualification.

Cultura 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

Technology Requirements

Cultura 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 Cultura’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.

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.

Credit Transfer

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.

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