Counsellors provide information on vocational, relationships, social and educational difficulties and issues. They work with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy and other talking therapies.
Employment for this occupation rose strongly in the past five years and rose moderately in the long- term (ten years). Employment for Counsellors is expected to grow moderately. Projected five year employment growth to November 2020 is 5.4%.
The Diploma of Counselling is delivered through a blended delivery method.
Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency. The assessment handbooks provide students with instructions on submitting assessments.
Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate you can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:
- Short answer questions
- Projects/ Reports
- Case studies
- Workplace portfolios
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL considers previous formal study and work experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine if recognition can be awarded. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.
If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO) you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for credit transfer.
To enrol in the Diploma of Counselling, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.
In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age for this course is 16 years old. If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.
Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements
Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN). Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and completing an LLN test.
To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance to students by allowing students to either:
- pay the cost of the course in full and receive a 10% discount on the full price; or
- take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information).
Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.
One-on-one Trainer Support
You will be provided with a trainer with extensive experience and expertise in the course content and the industry sector. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey, where you can contact them via phone or email.
In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.
Health Industry Training appreciates that distance/online learning can be an isolated experience for some students. To assist with isolation, all students have the option to be part of a Facebook peer support group. Peer support groups can be a positive experience where you can study with like-minded people, ask questions relating to your course and build friendships.
17 units are required for award of this qualification including:
- 13 core units
- 4 elective units
To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which you should complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the bottom left hand side of this page.