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Diploma of Counselling

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

aifc’s CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is 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.


PLEASE NOTE:  The information below relates to courses undertaken as part of aifc's 2018 February intake. For information regarding fees, census dates or unit structures from previous years intakes, please email studentservices@aifc.com.au 

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

This program is available as a full-time study option. We have two intakes per year – 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 education assessor, who will guide and support you during your training journey. You will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our distance training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits you. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, 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 Education Program is currently available in English with Korean language support provided through bi-lingual tutors. 

Course Units
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.
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.
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.
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.
Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
A structured approach to Christian counselling to help determine, establish and confirm the counsellor-client relationship.
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..
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.
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
Research and apply personality and development theories
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
cultural safety
Understand and apply a range of personality theories and human development to analyse and understand human behaviour.
Work with diverse people
Respectful and effective counselling with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
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.
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.
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.
Integrate theories of theology, psychology and spirituality relevant to counselling
An introduction to the nature and general problems of humanity, the nature of God, and the role of psychology. The focus is on developing a balanced integration of theology, psychology and spirituality.
Apply redemptive truth in counselling
Analysis, evaluation and application of the role of rejection and its effects, together with God’s redemptive restoration process, within a contemporary counselling context.
Provide loss and grief support
The skills and knowledge required to recognise and respond to the needs of people who are experiencing loss, grief and bereavement. .
* This unit can be used towards completion of 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian).
** This unit can be used towards completion of10487NAT Advanced Diploma of Counselling & 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 $9,996 $9,996 $0 $0 $9,996
Seminar Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
On Campus Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available

*VET Student Loans are available to eligible students enrolled in the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling or the 10134NAT Graduate Diploma of Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual). For more information, please visit: https://www.aifc.com.au/vet-student-loan-scheme/

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.  FEE-HELP and Austudy/Abstudy are 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.