CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Become a Qualified Case Worker or Counsellor in Australia

Start a fulfilling career in counselling with the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. Gain skills to empathize and assist people through life's challenges.

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Start Date
Start anytime.
Study for a minimum of 16 hours per week to complete modules in 24 months.
100% online with 160 hours of work placement, which will be completed in addition to your weekly study blocks.

Course Overview

Course Modules

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Career Outcomes

  • Case Worker 
  • Counsellor 
  • Intake Counsellor

Course Fees Include

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Open Colleges (OC) | RTO #90796

Integrated Care and Management Training (ICMT) | RTO #90197

Payment Options

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Work Placement

The course contains a minimum of 160 hours of work placement. If you'd like to learn more about the work placement component of this course, please enquire now.

Course Entry Requirements

This course does not require specific formal education qualifications. However, you must be a minimum of 18 years old to enrol. Please note that this course is not open to student visa holders. For personalised assistance and more information, please enquire now.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The course provider values the diverse skills and expertise you may have gained from various sources. These experiences can be acknowledged through the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. For a more comprehensive understanding of the RPL procedure or to discuss your RPL options, please enquire now.

About The Course

Advance Your Path in Mental Health: Become a Skilled and Qualified Counsellor

Are you passionate about helping others navigate life's challenges? Do you have a natural ability to listen and empathize with people from all walks of life? Are you looking for a career where you can make a real difference in their lives? The nationally recognised CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is a comprehensive course designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a qualified counsellor in Australia.

In this course, you will explore a range of essential units, including 'Develop and Use Communication Skills to Establish and Maintain Relationships', 'Work with Diverse People', and 'Work Legally and Ethically'. These foundational units will prepare you to interact effectively and sensitively with clients. You will also delve into specialized units like 'Recognize and Respond Appropriately to Domestic and Family Violence' and 'Facilitate the Counselling Relationship and Process', which are crucial for handling sensitive and complex counselling scenarios.

Furthermore, the course covers 'Apply Learning Theories in Counselling', 'Apply Personality and Development Theories', and 'Apply Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan', providing a deep understanding of human behaviour and development. These insights are invaluable in tailoring your approach to each unique individual you counsel. Additionally, units like 'Reflect on and Improve Own Professional Practice' ensure you continually grow and evolve as a counselling professional.

Upon completion of this diploma course, you will be equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to qualify for roles such as counsellor, case worker, and intake counsellor in Australia. These roles are not just jobs but opportunities to positively impact lives and foster mental and emotional well-being in the community. So take the first step today to turn your passion for helping others into a rewarding career. Enquire now and embark on a career journey where you can truly make a difference.


"Completing the Diploma in Counselling gave me the confidence to seek opportunities to further my education. I have now almost completed a social work degree, and I could not be happier with the choice to start my educational journey with Open Colleges. One crucial piece of advice that all new prospective students should make a note of is to start looking for work experience as soon as possible." - Brenda