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Diploma of Counselling

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

aifc’s CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is the industry standard, nationally accredited Diploma that equips you with the basic knowledge and people helping skills required in professional counselling.

This qualification reflects the role of those who work with clients on personal and psychological issues using established counselling modalities. They use communication, micro-counselling and interviewing skills and draw on varied counselling therapies to assist clients. At this level, the graduate will be working in defined and supported roles in established agencies rather than in independent practice.

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

This program is available as a full-time study option. We have two yearly intakes – early February and mid-year in July. This program is only available through distance education/online.

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is delivered through the following programs:

Distance-based Program:

The distance-based delivery will be available for full-time time students only.

You will be assigned a specialised distance-based assessor, who will guide and support you during your training journey. You may have the opportunity to live stream seminars from our training centres, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits you. Through the use of online methods such as Skype and our Online Learning Management System, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person.

You will require
– Access to a computer with a web cam and a secure, reliable internet connection
– Basic computer and word processing skills
– Good written and spoken English

Our Distance-based Program is currently available in English with other language support provided through bi-lingual tutors.


Course Units
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically*
The skills and knowledge needed to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to counsellors, community services and health workers.
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship*
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor-client relationship.
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills*
Advanced and specialised communication skills in the client- counsellor relationship, including principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication.
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations*
The skills and knowledge required to recognise situations where clients and others may be in imminent crisis, and then to work collaboratively to minimise any safety concerns and make plans to access support services.
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes*
Helping clients clarify their goals and requirements, exploring options with clients, and supporting clients to facilitate change that lasts.
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
The skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own counselling and work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people*
Respectful and effective counselling with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process*
Enabling clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way, organising referrals where appropriate, and ways to bring the counselling process to an end.
CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories**
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management**
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling**
Applying behaviourism in counselling practice and learning to be able to analyse environmental modelling influences (reinforcement being one of the influences) and their outcomes, and then applying a plan for change.
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice**
The skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development.
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies**
Use techniques from a range of counselling therapies and confirm the stability of Counselling techniques in a range of situations.
COCALS595A Apply active listening skills from a Christian perspective*
The knowledge and skills required to implement active listening from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational skills of attending, respect and empathy.
CHCFCS803B Provide grief and loss counselling**
Providing understanding in Grief and Loss Therapy and the skills to build rapport and provide empathy so that clients may be helped to know what they are going through and coming to an acceptance of their circumstances.
CFTADD655A Provide therapy for clients with addiction issues**
A comprehensive coverage of Addiction Therapy from understanding the addictive behaviour and causes of it to recovery through the aifc General Model of Counselling which incorporates the steps of addiction recovery.
CFTSMT645A Apply stress management in therapy**
A full understanding of the theories of stress, ability to relate to clients with this understanding and apply therapy.

* This unit can be used towards the completion of 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)

** This unit can be used towards the completion of 10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)

Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria

For students applying to study Diploma through VET Student Loans:

For entry into Diploma via VET Student Loans assistance you are required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above.
If unable to provide sufficient evidence you may be asked to complete a LLN (language, literacy and numeracy) test and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3’ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.

For self-funded Students:

If you choose to self-fund your study, you are required to provide a proof of identity document (a certified copy of driver’s licence or passport).

Locations Offered
Locations Offered

The CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is provided through a full-time distance education / online program.

Delivery Option Course Fee VET Student Loan available Min. Supplementary Payment Resource Fee Total Fee
Distance Education $9,860 $9,860 $0 $400 $10,260
Seminar Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
On Campus Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available

Resource fees are invoiced on a term basis. For a detailed breakdown of the fees, please click here.


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About Our Courses


Founded in 1992, aifc’s courses were created out of a growing need for counselling training with a Christian perspective. Almost 25 years on, aifc is the leader in the field. All our Christian counselling courses are:



Our courses integrate Theology, Psychology and Spirituality. We train and equip Christian counsellors, rather than Christians who do counselling.


Taught by professionals

Our trainers and assessors are all experts in their field. High quality training, combined with one-on-one access to lecturers makes the difference.



Full-time students spend just 13 days a year at their study centre. Study fits into your lifestlye. We also offer a distance-based program, so you can study anytime, anywhere.


We are one of the most affordable counselling training organisations in the country.  Austudy/Abstudy is available on approved courses to eligible students



All our courses are nationally recognised. In fact aifc is the only Christian counselling vocational education institution to be accredited by ACA, PACFA and is a member of ACPET.

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