CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

Discover how to engage with and support people in need through the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

Do you have a passion for supporting and listening to others? If you want to make a difference in the community, the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling course will provide you with a high level of training in interpersonal communication skills, counselling techniques and also the required knowledge you will need to undertake work with a diverse range of clients in the community services industry.

Pursue a career in an industry that supports clients and makes positive changes in their lives.

Support the vulnerable and help make a difference by completing the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

Learn how to work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling methods. You will also use communication, micro-counselling and interview skills and draw on various counselling therapy techniques to assist clients.

This interactive and supportive counselling course offers specialisations that will guide you through strategies when working with clients. Together with practical application, it will provide you with valuable real-life industry experience where you can also build upon the skills and knowledge learnt throughout the course.

The diploma also provides transferable skills that will further strengthen work performance for those in human resources, education and community services. For those who want to specialise in counselling and psychotherapy, this course is also an excellent pathway to Higher Education.

You will learn to

  • Apply interpersonal and counselling skills
  • Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
  • Work legally and ethically
  • Work with a diverse range of people
  • Select and use counselling therapies and case management
  • Support the client in grief and loss situations
  • Recognise and respond to crisis situations appropriately
  • Reflect on and improve professional practice

Career Opportunities

The number of people working as Counsellors (in their main job) grew very strongly over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly over the next 5 years. There are likely to be around 22,000 job openings over 5 years (Source: joboutlook.gov.au).

For more information being a Counsellor, read our article “How to Become a Counsellor in Australia“.

Job roles include:

  • School Counsellor
  • Guidance Officer
  • Careers Counsellor
  • Caseworker
  • Drug and Alcohol Counsellor
  • Youth Worker
  • Pastoral Care Worker
  • Substance Abuse Worker
  • Disability Respite Worker

Industry Accreditation

Australis College is an approved provider of counselling training by the International Institute for Complementary Therapists.

Australis College is also recognised by the Australian Community Counselling Association for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling. Please refer to the ACCA website for more information regarding the Association, its Services and Membership.

University Articulation

Australis has partnered with Griffith University to create an articulation agreement for credit in the Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (40 CP) and Bachelor of Counselling (30 CP).

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to Griffith University standards.

Australis has partnered with CQUniversity to create an articulation agreement for credit in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (7Units).

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to CQUniversity standards.

Australis has partnered with USQ to create an articulation agreement for credit in the Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling) (8 units).

View the agreement here. Entry is subject to USQ standards.


The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling runs for 18 months but you can complete faster than this if you wish.

Delivery & Support

The course is delivered via Blended learning, combining online study with practical ‘work experience’.

Content is delivered primarily online and includes live chat sessions and ‘virtual’ classrooms which provide you with direct access to industry experts six days a week. Attendance at the live sessions is optional but strongly recommended.

During the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling, you need to undertake a range of role-plays in a variety of situations to provide you with hands-on real-life counselling experience that you can draw on when you gain a job.

Course Brochure

You can learn more about the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling by downloading a brochure, which is available here.


There are 17 subjects in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.


There are no exams in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling.

You test your learning by completing quiz questions and open book self-paced assessment activities throughout each subject. All subjects include a free re-submission if you are not successful on your first attempt.

You will also complete a range of ‘on the job’ workplace based assessments and role-plays.

If you already have the skills and knowledge required to attain any (or all) of these subjects, you might like to enrol as ‘Assessment Only’. This Recognition of Prior Learning means you don’t have to study those subjects again, instead just doing the assessments for a reduced course price. For more details please speak with the Course Consultants.

Entry Requirements

There are no minimum education requirements to study the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling, however, we recommend you have language, literacy and numeracy skills sufficient to allow you to interpret documents and prepare written reports.

You also need access to an internet-connected computer for the duration of the course.

If you intend to apply for a Loan or Funding option (where available) to pay for your tuition fees, additional entry criteria may apply as detailed in the Pricing Options.

Option 1: Monthly Payment Plan

An interest-free payment plan of $525 per month x 18 months = $9,450.

Option 2: Vet Student Loan

$9,450 tuition + 20% Government loan fee = $11,340 VSL debt. This course is available under the VET Student Loans scheme, subject to meeting all eligibility and entry criteria. Approved VSL will result in a VETSL debt that continues to be a debt until repaid to the Commonwealth.

Option 3: Private Study Loan

Study Loans will progressively loan you the $9,450 tuition fee. This loan, plus interest, needs to be repaid over a maximum 4-year term. Click here for more on Study Loans.

Option 4: Corporate

For group enrolments please call our Corporate team on 0438 099 041 or enter your details here and we will get back to you.

Or for something completely different…Subscription

Australis is the only place you can access Subscription, the lowest risk and most flexible way there is to get qualified or stay current. CLICK HERE FOR MORE.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you believe you already have the knowledge required to attain some (or all) of the subjects, within the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling, you may be able to save yourself some effort and money by doing ‘Assessment Only’.

This is where you complete the same Assessments as if you were doing the course, but without the study. As this is an individual process, please speak with our Course Consultants for more details.

How to Enrol

  • Phone 1300 887 991 and speak with a Course Consultant, OR
  • Complete the online Application Form, OR
  • For group enrolments, call our Enterprise team on 0438 099 041 or enter your details.

Please note, to access VET Student Loan you need to complete an enrolment interview with a Course Consultant. In the interview, we explain the VSL enrolment process and progression requirements.

You may be required to provide completed documentation and Identification to complete your enrolment. Depending on your circumstances you may also be required to supply copies of previous qualifications, Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, or complete a Core Skills assessment to help ensure the course is suitable for you.

To find out more information regarding VSL enrolments please refer to the Student Entry Procedure for VET Student Loans.

Reasons to study the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling with Australis College include:

Course Content

We authored this CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling course internally, using industry-proven practitioners who have worked in the roles that you want to do.

Always check out the course content (and learning platform) BEFORE you enrol. Is it current, contextualised and engaging, or generic off the shelf content? Content quality will make or break your learning experience.

Trainer Experience

Our trainers work in the industry. They do what you want to do, and they will show you how it really works. (Check out the trainers and assessors of other providers, make sure they are not just academics or former students but have actually worked in the industry and been everything from Guidance Officers through to Counsellors).

Having a great trainer is critical to graduating with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.


Our CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling has been reviewed and approved as providing credit towards numerous Degrees including the University of Southern Queensland’s Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling), CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Psychological Science, and Griffith University’s Bachelor of Psychological Sciences.

Check the other provider’s articulation agreements. Have they had their Diploma of Counselling vetted and approved by a University?

But wait….there’s more!

Your time and your career are too important to risk with the wrong training provider. For more details on choosing a training provider, please also take a look at Why Australis?