CHC51015 – Diploma of Counselling

What is a Diploma of Counselling?

Do you like connecting with people and helping them become the best version of themselves? Our Diploma of Counselling course teaches you the skills to effectively communicate and apply a range of therapy techniques to empower others.

A Diploma of Counselling with Aurora Training Institute offers a path to a rewarding career as a counsellor. You will learn how to work effectively with people from different backgrounds and apply both practical and theoretical skills to create and maintain constructive client relationships.

Taught by highly skilled and experienced counsellors, our Diploma of Counselling course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association. It’s a nationally recognised qualification that offers guidance for those entering the industry or building upon their career.

Who Should Study a Course In Counselling?

Counselling is a very person-centred, community driven and enriching career. It requires you to be compassionate and supportive and to possess a natural desire to make a difference in the lives of others. The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling suits someone seeking to work in an established counselling agency rather than practising independently.

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling Course Delivery

We have expert counsellors teaching the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling course who have extensive professional counselling experiences. They help students to build a foundation of crucial counselling and communication skills through theoretical and practical learning.

The course is delivered over a 12-month period with a flexible learning approach and taught online with the added benefit of trainer support sessions at our Gold Coast, Toowoomba and Townsville campuses.

Students must complete 17 units to achieve the Diploma of Counselling qualification. The course consists of 13 core and 4 elective units reflecting the latest field developments.

The key and most beneficial learning component of the course is work placement. To complete the qualification, students must commit to a minimum of 100 hours in an organisation providing counselling services. This hands-on and real-world learning approach means you’ll learn how to help someone during a crisis, develop a holistic understanding of human behaviour, and understand society and culture’s impact on both positive and negative behaviour patterns.

If you are someone with experience in an industry related to counselling, you may be eligible to enrol in the Diploma of Counselling course as an existing worker. You may get prior learning credits, allowing you to complete the course faster. Contact the Aurora Training Institute enrolment team to discuss your options.

Study the Diploma of Counselling Online

Our goal is to empower students and create an environment where they can learn and achieve their goals. Online learning is available for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling, however, students will need to dedicate time to complete the work placement unit, a core unit of the Diploma of Counselling.

Learning Outcome

Our students learn specialist skills to help make real improvements to the personal and mental well-being of others. In the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling, we teach students to recognise and appropriately respond to the diverse issues that may present in a counselling environment. In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Establish a relationship with clients
  • Apply a range of therapy and core counselling techniques to clients
  • Evaluate different situations to determine your best approach.
  • Work with a case management framework
  • Develop interpersonal and interview skills
  • Practice counselling in a legal and ethical framework
  • Establish positive counselling relationships
  • Refer clients to other services when necessary

Counsellor Diploma Employment Opportunities.

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook service forecasts that the number of people working as counsellors is expected to grow, with over 22,000 job openings expected over the next five years. After completing your Diploma of Counselling you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to take the next step in your career. With a couselling diploma there are a number of career pathways you can pursue including counsellors, case workers, health and leisure workers, case managers, and support workers in various community service sectors.

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling also equips you with a solid foundation to seek further study.

Entry Requirements 

There are no prerequisites to study a Diploma of Counselling with Aurora Training Institute. We welcome anyone seeking to develop their communication and counselling skills. To enrol in the course, students must meet the below criteria: 

  • Be a minimum of 18 years old
  • Be eligible to study in Australia
  • Provide a valid USI
  • Hold required criminal and working with children checks (if applicable) 

Diploma of Counselling Cost 

The total cost to study the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is $7,995. Aurora Training Institute offers flexible payment options for eligible students. Contact us to discuss what payment options are suitable for you. 

Course Requirements

To achieve a CHC51015 – Diploma of Counselling all 17 units listed below must be completed, including 13 core units and 4 elective units.

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship process
  • CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 Promote aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Studying with the Aurora Training Institute 

At Aurora Training Institute, we are committed to delivering high-quality education and professional development in a supportive learning environment. We are a community-driven organisation that offers flexible and nationally recognised courses for personal and professional growth. Our diploma courses cater to students who want to enter the workforce, rejoin the labour market, or change their careers by enhancing their skills. Get in touch with our team today to learn how you can enrol.

At a glance


12 months


On-campus/ online


Full time

Career Opportunities

Community Services Worker, Counsellor


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