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Diploma of Counselling

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling

The Diploma of Counselling equips you with the basic knowledge and
people helping skills required in professional counselling.

Incorporating a Christian worldview throughout, this course prepares you to
work with clients using established counselling modalities whilst considering
theological, psychological and spiritual dimensions to people’s problems. There
is a deliberate focus on students’ personal and spiritual development and
equipping as foundational before being able to help others.

The Diploma is nationally-accredited, developed to agreed industry standards,
and responsive to the current and future demand for counselling skills – both
within the local church and in the broader Australian society. You will learn
essential communication, micro-counselling, interviewing and intervention
skills that will equip you to be an effective counsellor in a number of settings,
including faith communities, not-for-profit organisations, community health
centres, education agencies and government departments.


The following information is for courses commencing in 2019:

Delivery Mode
Delivery Mode

CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling is available as a full-time or part-time study option through our Online Supported Mode (OSM) or Seminar Blended Mode.

Seminar Blended Mode:

This study mode requires the student to attend 13 face to face days at seminar per year at one of our study centres located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney.

Online Supported Mode:

The student will be assigned a specialised Online Supported Mode assessor, who will guide and support them during their training journey. The student will have the opportunity to join live online teaching with our OSM training staff, or view the training videos to watch at a time that suits them. Through the use of technology, including video conferencing, there is no requirement for you to attend a seminar in person. OSM students are encouraged to attend their closest seminar location for an assessment day each term if possible.

All students 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

Course Units
Use communication to build relationships
The skills and knowledge required to establish, build and maintain
relationships with clients and others from a Christian perspective, with a focus on the foundational skills of attending, respect and empathy.
Reflect and improve upon professional practice
The skills and knowledge required to evaluate, reflect and enhance your practice as a Christian counsellor.
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.
Research and apply personality theories
Understand and apply a range of personality theories human development and stages of faith to analyse and understand human behaviour.
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
The skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing, with a focus on God’s redemptive restoration process.
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.
Work with diverse people
Understand core cultural values and beliefs to respectfully counsel people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations.
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
The skills and knowledge required to identify and promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the helping process.
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
The skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively to assess and support people with co-existing mental health, alcohol and other drug issues and to facilitate links to other services.
Establish and confirm the counselling
A structured approach to Christian counselling
to help determine, establish and confirm the
counsellor/client relationship.
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 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, including Christian approaches, and confirm the suitability of counselling techniques
in a range of situations.
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.
Apply learning theories in counselling
Integrating theology, psychology and spirituality
dimensions to apply behaviourism in counselling practice and learn to analyse environmental modelling influences and their outcomes
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
Conducting practical client management beginning with client meetings, case management plan through to case termination.
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.
Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Engaging clients to identify and work through their concerns in a structured way that incorporates theology, psychology and spirituality dimensions to people’s problems..

Entry Criteria
Entry Criteria 

All students are required to provide a proof of identity document. (a certified copy of drivers license or passport).

Students applying for VET student Loans assistance to complete this Diploma are also required to provide evidence of completion of a minimum of year 12 or Certificate IV and above.  If  unable to provide sufficient evidence, the applicant may be asked to complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test, and achieve a minimum of ‘working at level 4 / exit level 3‘ in the Reading and Numeracy tests.

Locations Offered

Seminar Blended Mode is offered at the following locations:


Stanmore House

53 Harrow Road

Stanmore NSW 2048


Stirling Theological College

44-60 Jacksons Road

Mulgrave VIC 3170



178 Springwood Road

Springwood QLD 4127


Perth Bible College

1 College Court

Karringyup WA 6018

View & download more detailed information of Seminar Locations & Dates for 2019.

* NOTE: Students may be asked to transfer to Online Supported Mode if student enrolment numbers are insufficient for Seminar Blended Mode.

2019 Course Fees
Total Course Fee VET Student Loan Available Min. Self-Funded Portion
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*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/

Please contact the national office on 1300 721 397 for information about the 2018 fees.

2019 Course Fees
The course fees for the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling are $8,840.00. Click here to see detailed breakdown of unit costs and availability of VET Student Loan funding. Please see 2019 Student Handbook for more detailed information on all incurred costs.

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.