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CHC51015 - Diploma of Counselling

Course Overview

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling 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.

Possible career opportunities for graduates include:

  • Counsellor
  • Support Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Health & Community Care Worker

Graduates of this course will receive an internationally recognised Australian Qualification issued through TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275). 


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Course Delivery

Location: Fiji and Samoa

Delivery Mode: Training will be delivered in English and incorporates language, literacy, and numeracy (LLN) support. Students are required to have access to reliable internet and be able to use digital technology to complete the learning and assessment activities and access resources within this program. This can be through their own device and internet connection, workplace, or regional APTC campuses.

Course Fees: FJD 5,200 and WST 3,200. The fee includes stationery and uniform. Limited tuition fee waiver places may be available for eligible participants.

The Australian Government subsidises the cost of the course including materials and consumables.

Course fees are subject to change without prior notification. For current fees, visit:

Entry Requirements

  • Citizen of a Pacific Island Forum country
  • Have significant prior counselling experience (more than one year) or have a local qualification in counselling and limited relevant counselling experience (up to one year)
  • Complete the Literacy and Numeracy Assessment and Vocational Knowledge Assessment
  • It is expected that the student will be working in a paid or voluntary capacity as a counsellor whilst studying

Applicants may apply for recognition of prior learning

* Courses offered, course dates and fees may vary depending  upon student and industry demand.


Course Content

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling will cover the following units of competency:


Unit CodeUnit Title
CHCCSL001Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCSL002Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL003Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCDFV001Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCCSL004Research and apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL005Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL006Select and use counselling therapies
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCSM005Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCCSL007Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCCCS017Provide loss and grief support
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

Bold Font indicates core units; Standard font indicates electives - 13 core plus 4 elective units

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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