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Student Domestic
Study mode Online
Campus locations Online
Duration1 year full-time
Start date

14 Feb 2022

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E.

Code CHC51015

What is a VET CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling?

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is a Vocational Education and Training (VET) course that builds a foundation of key counselling skills through a combination of theoretical and applied components. This course gives you the necessary skills to communicate effectively, work within a case management framework, and refer clients to other services when necessary. Upon graduating, you’ll have the opportunity to build a career in the counselling industry. Successful completion of this diploma guarantees entry into a related Bachelor program, and you’ll receive a full credit transfer for the first year.
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Successful completion will guarantee entry directly into the second year of a related Bachelor program.
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Units

The course is 1185 nominal hours over the (3 x 12 week) study periods which is an average of approximately 6 hours per subject per week. A study period typically consists of 6 units, therefore 6 x 6 hours per week = 36 hours per week. These hours are divided into facilitated study time (and assessment) and self-directed study. All units of competency for this qualification, including core and elective units, are listed in the table below. Total number of units = 17

13 Core units
  • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use a structured approach to counselling to determine, establish and confirm the nature of the counsellor client relationship according to the agency’s counselling model.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to apply theory underpinning behaviourism and social learning to formulate and monitor a program for behaviour change in a counselling context.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to select and use different counselling therapies to meet client needs.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues, within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge to support clients to identify and work though concerns, and to manage the overall counselling process to its conclusion.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use advanced and specialised communication skills in the client-counsellor relationship.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assist clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues, within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision. Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within organisation guidelines.

    This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where people may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access required support services.

    This unit applies to any community services worker involved in crisis intervention. Management of the crisis may involve face-to-face, telephone or remote contact with persons involved.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to research key concepts and constructs of theories of personality and human development, and link those to counselling practice.

    This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.

    This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

     

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

    This unit applies to community services and health workers who play a proactive role in identifying and meeting their legal and ethical responsibilities.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 

    The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

    This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

4 elective units (which are compulsory)
  • CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement.

    This unit applies to workers in a range of community services and health contexts.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCCS014 Provide brief intervention

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess intervention needs, and then to implement and monitor brief intervention strategies for people at various stages of the change process.

    This unit applies to workers in a range of community services contexts.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to organise, provide and monitor support services within the limits established by an individualised plan. The individualised plan refers to the support or service provision plan developed for the individual accessing the service and may have many different names in different organisations.

    This unit applies to workers who provide support under direct or indirect supervision in any community services or health context.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues.

    This unit applies to support workers in contexts outside the mental health sector, but who come into contact with people with mental health issues. The services and support provided are not mental health specific.

    The skills in this unit must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian/New Zealand Standards and industry codes of practice.

Industry partners and associations

Australian Counselling Association (ACA) recognises CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling as an appropriate, entry level qualification for the profession and recognises its graduates.
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The new VET diploma provides an opportunity for students who are returning or new to study, a structured introduction to counselling and communication skills. They will learn the fundamentals of counselling, interpersonal skills and how to work with people from diverse backgrounds presenting with a range of issues.
Lisa Walsh
Program Director, Counselling and Community Services, Health

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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Domestic entry requirements, fees and scholarships


Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

Before you begin your course application, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
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Year 12 (Australian secondary school certificate) or equivalent OR
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Have completed a Certificate III or above; OR
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Be of mature age which can be demonstrated by a candidate who is at least of 21 years old.
Students who do not meet the above criteria are required to:
Undertake Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) testing from an Australian Government approved provider and demonstrate competency at exit level three (3) in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF) in both reading and numeracy.

Scholarships: Domestic students

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:

Fees: Domestic students

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

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The maximum course fees are $12,900 AUD.

Please note:

  • 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.

How to apply: Domestic students

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Frequently asked questions

  • How do I apply?

    Applying is easy and can be done online by filling out the apply form. If you have any difficulty, please contact a Course and Careers Advisor, who can talk you through the process.

    ALL SA/SACE and Victorian high school students must apply through SATAC and/or VTAC. Search for Torrens University Australia, Billy Blue College of Design or Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School. International applicants may also need to demonstrate compliance with relevant legislative requirements, for example, requirements for student visas (this does not apply for online study outside of Australia).

  • How will I know if my application has been processed?
    Our Course and Careers Advisors will help you through every step of the application process and provide you with updates. If your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter via email.
  • I am having trouble with my application. Who can help?
    Our friendly Course and Careers Advisors are available to answer all your questions and guide you through the application process. Fill out the contact us form and one of them will reach out to you.
  • What are Torrens University Australia’s courses’ ATAR requirements?
    Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate.
  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?

    Yes, course credit is available upon application and academic approval.

    If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be able to receive credits towards your degree. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

    Our Program Directors will carefully review the learning gained from your previous qualification and/or experience to ensure we provide you with credit towards our degrees whenever appropriate. Review our course credits page or chat to one of Course and Careers Advisors.

  • What are course credits?

    Course credits are credits that can be applied to your course based on your prior experience or qualifications. To find out more, visit course credits

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  • Is there anything I can do to prepare for Torrens University Australia?

    There are lots of resources to help you prepare for university life. Attend one of our workshops or events and get some tips firsthand from our industry-focused lecturers and current students.

    The events programs range in topic and delivery mode, so there should always be one to suit your needs. At any time you can contact one of our Course and Careers Advisors to talk through your career goals. They can guide you on what to expect and how you can get prepared earlier. If you know exactly which course you want to enrol in, you could take advantage of the early entry program.

  • What is the Early Entry Program?

    The Torrens University Australia Early Entry Program has been created to allow you to apply and secure your place for your chosen course before you finish your Year 12 exams.

    To find out more, visit Early Entry Program or email enquiries@tua.edu.au or phone 1300 575 803.

  • Am I a domestic or an international student?

    Domestic students are Australian and Permanent Residents. International students are those who hold citizenship or Permanent Resident status of all other countries.

    International students from countries whose first official language is one other than English need to provide evidence of English Language Proficiency.

  • How do Torrens University Australia fees charge?

    Torrens University Australia is a full-fee paying institution. To find out more, visit Tuition Fees.

    Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP. For more information on FEE-HELP, please visit: https://www.studyassist.gov.au/.

    Please note we do not currently offer any full fee waivers for international students. We do not offer stipends or living allowances.

  • How much are Torrens University Australia courses?

    For a full list of tuition fees, visit Tuition Fees.

    Remember, if you're an Australian citizen or permanent resident, your fees can be covered by FEE-HELP. You can find out more information on FEE-HELP on the StudyAssist website at https://www.studyassist.gov.au/fee-help or contact us and we can guide you through the process.

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    To find out more, visit Key Dates.
  • What are the semester and term dates?

    Torrens University Australia has three main intakes each year, usually during February, June and September. There are also a range of accelerated intake dates available, meaning if you just miss the start date, you don’t have to wait until the next intake.

    You can apply any time throughout the year for the next intake start date – or a future start date if you are planning ahead. Different semester dates apply for Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School as well as some of our other courses.

    To find out more, visit key dates.

  • What are pathways?

    All Torrens University Australia courses have specific entry requirements, but we also offer multiple pathways into courses when you don’t meet those entry requirements.

    There are different pathways for different courses. For example, we offer a range of diploma courses which pathway into bachelor degrees in Business, Design and Creative Technology, Health and Hospitality. We also have graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses which pathway into masters courses in Business, Global Project Management, Sports Management, Health, Education, Design and Hospitality. 

    For more information on different types of pathways available, visit study pathways.

  • How can I pay for my course?

    Payment information will be outlined in your offer letter but there are a couple of different options:

    1. Upfront payment via credit card, BPAY, cheque or overseas bank account transfer
    2. Full or partial payment via FEE-HELP Government Assistance (domestic students only)
  • What does admissions criteria mean?

    Admissions criteria is a set of criteria that must be met to be eligible to apply for a chosen course.

    To gain entry to an accredited undergraduate course at Torrens University Australia, applicants must both satisfy general admissions criteria and meet any additional course requirements where specified.

    All admissions criteria and course-specific requirements apply consistently across campus locations and study modes. To find out more, visit admissions criteria.

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