CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling VET

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What is a VET CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling?

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course that will build a foundation of key counselling skills. Applying both theoretical and applied principles, you will learn to communicate effectively and work efficiently within a case management framework.
This course helps you take the first step towards a career in counselling, with the essential skills and knowledge you need to work as a counsellor in a wide variety of settings. Learn to implement basic counselling skills, apply learning theories, select and use counselling theories, and perform interventions. You will understand how to manage loss and grief, support people with mental health conditions, and implement vital counselling skills including self-reflection and growth.


Learning outcomes

  • Explore a range of theoretical perspectives in counselling and discover the drivers for human behaviour throughout the lifespan.
  • Learn how to evaluate different presenting issues to determine your best approach.
  • Study the core principles of case management and grief counselling.
  • Understand common mental health conditions, individual behaviours and thought patterns.
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ACA accredited

This course is accredited by the Australian Counselling Association.

Study mode
Campus locations
Course duration
1 year full-time 2 years part-time 
Start date
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 5 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Ultimate flexibility
With the option to study full or part time and all your course materials online, you can tailor your study to suit your lifestyle.

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Learn from counselling experts
Our counselling academics understand where the mental health industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.

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40+ years of counselling experience
Our heritage with the Jansen Newman Institute ensures you’re learning from more than 40 years of counselling experience.
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Career opportunities

This CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling will help further your study in counselling at a bachelor level and/ or prepare you with the skills to enter a career in a support role to assist clients with their well-being in a range of settings.

Potential career paths

  • Case Worker
    Average salary: $68,000 - $92,000
  • Intake Counsellor
    Average salary: $72,000 - $93,000
  • Family and Marriage Counsellor
    Average salary: $83,528 - $101,587
Stephen Mckenzie head of psychology | Torrens University
The VET Counselling Diploma is a Vocational Education and Training course that provides key counselling skills and knowledge including interpersonal skills. The course equips its students to work as a counsellor in a wide variety of professional settings, with people from diverse backgrounds and with a wide range of issues
Associate Professor Stephen McKenzie
Head of Psychology and Counselling, Health

Subjects and units

Delivered online, this course comprises 13 core subjects and 4 electives, each subject requiring 10 hours of study per week; three hours facilitated and seven self-directed. Assessments may include activity-based assignments or online quizzes. There are no formal exams.

  • Core
  • Electives


These 13 core subjects must be completed. Additionally you're required to select four electives from the electives tab.

Core subjects

  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling
  • CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies
  • CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship
  • CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
  • CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes
  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 


Choose four elective subjects below.

Elective subjects

  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
  • CHCCCS014 Provide brief intervention
  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Let us customise a study plan and pathway for you.


  • Bachelor courses ( 3 options )
    • Bachelor of Community Services

      CRICOS 111741F

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    • Bachelor of Counselling

      Domestic students only

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

    • Bachelor of Psychological Science

      Domestic students only

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      Experience industry placements, internships or industry-linked projects with our Bachelor degree.

Entry details


Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

VET Student Loans (VSL)

You can apply for VET Student Loan (VSL) if you are eligible. VET Student Loan (VSL) is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme that assists students to pay a part of their VET tuition fee.*

The maximum course fees are $14,100 AUD.

*Please note for VET Student Loans (VSL):

  • VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements.
  • VET student loan gives rise to a VETSL debt that continue to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

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If you are truly passionate about health, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of health scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the health industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Australian secondary school certificate, or equivalent


Have completed a Certificate III or above


Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years old.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

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How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
  • What if  I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?

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