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Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015)

RTO 4849

This course is offered by Enable College (RTO 4849) in collaboration with its industry partner, Bower Place.


A blended mode of practical training with clients, combined with digital knowledge, theory, and assessments studied over 52 weeks.

The Diploma of Counselling provides students with a comprehensive week by week program that includes extensive knowledge and theory work, workshop sessions and practical client experience within a real-life complex needs clinic context.

This course is innovative and unique in that it provides students with practical client experience that is ongoing throughout the course and allows students to apply the theoretical components of their learning whilst they study.

While there are no training package work placement requirements at the level of the qualification the unit CHCMHS004 (‘Work collaboratively with the care network and other services’) requires the learner to demonstrate competencies as part of 80 hours work in industry – included in the 52-week duration.

Who can apply?

People who are interested in a career in human services and counselling, such as case managers, support workers, family support workers or who may currently be working in professions where counselling skills are required such as education, medicine, and health.

How much contact time does the course entail?

  • 52 weeks total – including 10 weeks non-contact time during SA school holiday term breaks.
  • Contact days within Enable College’s Industry Partner, Bower Place Complex Needs Clinic, are scheduled throughout the duration of the course.
  • The course duration includes the required 80 hours work in industry to demonstrate competencies.
  • Flexible options including rural, remote and other locations.

What are the application requirements?

Candidates seeking entry to this course must provide evidence of ONE of the following:

Completed a Certificate IV or above as defined by the Australian Qualification Framework.

Currently working or volunteering in the human services field where your industry relevant workplace is willing to support your application to study.

When does the course begin?

The course has four intakes per year in line with South Australian School Terms unless otherwise negotiated.

Applications will be accepted at any time.

What is the cost of the course?

Total course fee for students eligible for subsidy is $4495*.
A payment by instalment plan is available.

Applicable fee subsidy is paid direct to the RTO.

Students not eligible for fee subsidy are encouraged to speak with Enable College for a fee for service course cost.

*Please note that a $250.00 non-refundable deposit is required before the commencement of the course. Fees can be paid in instalments through the duration of the course.

Course Assessment

Students will have access to the following support while training with Enable College:
  • Access to Trainers and Assessors
  • Guided group or 1 on 1 assessment support and mentoring
  • Contextualisation and reasonable adjustment of assessments
  • Access to re-attend classes, both theory and practical.

All assessments are undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the CHC Community Services Training Package, the, National Vocational Requirements and all Government Funding Requirements (if applicable).

Assessment Methods

Unless otherwise stated assessment is undertaken by using the following methods:

  • Quiz
  • Knowledge Questions
  • Group Activities
  • Practical (completed in the simulated Skills Lab)
  • Work Placement (Completed in the workplace)

To be found competent in the qualification students must satisfactorily complete ALL assessment activities.

Enquire about this course

For enquiries, please call 1300 157 750

 We will arrange an interview to discuss the value of this course for you and for us to assess your suitability before lodging your application
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