Graduate Certificate of Counselling

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What is a Graduate Certificate of Counselling?

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling enhances counselling and interpersonal communication skills. It delivers an improved understanding of the human psyche, counselling theories and barriers to wellbeing. This course is valuable for extending relevant skills in fields such as nursing, social work and teaching.

This graduate certificate develops your knowledge of the theoretical and ethical underpinnings of counselling; delivery methods such as telehealth; suicidality; common mental health conditions; and the importance of effective boundaries in maintaining personal self-care. The course enables you to start or advance a successful and rewarding career in the counselling and wellbeing industry.


Learning outcomes

  • Support clients with a range of issues within ethical and professional requirements.
  • Understand and apply psychosocial wellbeing to practice.
  • Deepen and broaden communication skills.
  • Apply theories and practical skills to personal lived experience and to demonstrate self-care.
Study mode
Campus locations
Online, Sydney
Course duration
2 trimesters full time, 4 or more trimesters part time
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
Fees & scholarships

This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

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Designed to fit in with you
With all your learning materials online, you can tailor a schedule to fit your personal needs.

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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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Learn from counselling experts
Our counselling academics understand where the mental health industry is heading and will guide you on your learning journey.
Meet our Counselling Alumni, Jacqueline Tow. She is a Child and Adolescent Neurofeedback Counsellor, practicing neurofeedback counselling with children, young people and their families.
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Career opportunities

This course has been designed to prepare you for employment in a role which leverages counselling and communication skills. Upon completion, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in the professional domain of counselling or continue your studies.

Potential career paths

  • Counsellor
    Average salary: $84,444 - $115,420
  • Case Manager
    Average salary: $78,610 - $114,408
  • Rehabilitation Counsellor
    Average salary: $79,673 - $100,000
  • Addiction Counsellor
    Average salary: $51,675 - $58,011
Andres Figueredo | TUA
I really enjoyed the practical experience during this course which allowed me to take part in role play and use the facilities in the Clinic to practice triage with video calls and recordings.
Andres Figueredo
Graduate Diploma of Counselling

Subjects and units

Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study. One subjects include a compulsory attendance requirement.


These four core subjects must be completed.

Core subjects

  • Advanced Therapeutic Communication | ATC401
  • Theoretical Approaches to Counselling | TAC402
  • Life Stages and Development | LSD403
  • Self Care & Developing Resilience | SDR404

Industry partners and Work‑Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning and Practicum Experiences are embedded throughout the course and are incorporated into theory subjects. Work placements and Work-Integrated Learning programs provide a valuable resource for you to develop hands-on practical experience to ensure you graduate confident and job-ready.

Work placement hours

As part of your course, you will be required to complete at least 40 hours of experiential practical skills training at the campus-based Practical Intensive Workshops that is within one subject (TAC402).

Entry details


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


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 at least one of the requirements listed below.

AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above in a relevant discipline
OR A Bachelor’s degree and complete the Torrens Work Life entry form demonstrating your interest in and suitability to gain entry to the course.

View full course admission information

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.

Learn more about study pathways

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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