Diploma of Counselling – CHC51712

Diploma of Counselling (CHC51712)


The Diploma of Counselling course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to undertake generic counselling work involving skills and knowledge in counselling and high level communication in a range of commonly used modalities, referral and working within a case management framework.


The outcome of this course is to equip students to work as counsellors within a case management framework.

At the Diploma (AQF 5) level:

• competency involves the self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas and a range of technical and other skills to tasks, roles and functions in both varied and highly specific contexts
• competencies are normally used independently and both routinely and non-routinely
• judgement is required in planning and selecting appropriate services, techniques and work organisation for self and others
• competencies are likely to be applied under broad guidance
• the work of others may be supervised or teams guided
• responsibility for the planning and management of the work of others may be involved.

At the conclusion of the diploma students will:

• have applied the counselling models and theories developed and grown personally.
• evaluate and apply counselling skills in life and counselling practice.
• apply legal and ethical responsibility in counselling practice.
• apply counselling therapies to client’s various issues.
• Facilitate the counselling relationship and support various background clients.

3. Duration and Requirements

The Diploma course can be completed in two year if studied full-time. Part-time study options are available. Each subject takes 90 hrs on average to complete. Students need to spend 18 hours in studying a week. To complete the Diploma of counselling, 17 units of competency are required including 14 core units and 3 elective units. (see course structure part below for the specific descriptions)


This course is delivered in Sydney (362 Eastern Valley Way Chatswood NSW 2067) or Canberra (ACC building Gate 2 Randwick Road Lyneham 2602) and on line study also will be available for the remote area students.



Diploma of Counselling

To gain entry into CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling, candidates should over 18 years of age and have a higher school certificate, its equivalent or maturity and appropriate life experience. It is recommended that candidates have relevant experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

• The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
• The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
• The application of relevant technical and other skills.


In general terms, training will be provided through:
a) Intensive seminars that are held every term
b) Private study time for each subject
c) One-on-one mentoring by a qualified trainer
This may be either over the phone or skype, in the Classes,
d) Small group discussion or peer supervision with a qualified trainer
e) Counselling practice in organization or in private practice
f) Professional supervision on counselling practice.
g) Completion of a range of assignments such as Journals, Written Assesments, Essays, Report, Open book test, Oral test, Presentation, Small group discussion, Counselling Practice, Interview or Reading Materials.


Each unit was designed for accredited training in counselling with vocational outcomes. It will train students to achieve learning outcomes and units of competency through proper training and assessment process and tools.
Each assessment method is designed to cover units of competency.
Students who successfully completed all the requirements of each training stage graduate the diploma course which means they obtain the result of “Competent” in all subjects.
Final Academic Transcripts will show results as either

C Competent
NYC Not Yet Competent.

When students are satisfactory in all assessments, they receive the result of “Competent”
When they are not satisfactory in a certain assessment, they get “Not Yet Competent” A student whose result for an assessment item is “Not Yet Competent” will have a second chance to resubmit the assignment. If the result of the second submitted assignment is still not satisfactory, the student need to pay a penalty fifty dollars per assignment and may resubmit their assignment but that will be their last chance. If the student does not pass the subject, the student needs to enrol in the whole subject again. In that case the student must make a full payment for that subject again.
ACC follows principles of assessment and rules of evidence in assessment process in line with the standards of NVR RTO
Principles of assessment are required to ensure quality outcomes. Assessments should be fair, flexible, valid and reliable as follows:
a) Fairness: Fairness requires consideration of the individual candidate’s needs and characteristics, and any reasonable adjustments that need to be applied to take account of them. It requires clear communication between the assessor and the candidate to ensure that the candidate is fully informed about, understands, and is able to participate in, the assessment process, and agrees that the process is appropriate. It also includes an opportunity for the person being assessed to challenge the result of the assessment and to be reassessed if necessary.
b) Flexible: To be flexible, assessment should reflect the candidate’s needs; provide for recognition of competencies no matter how, where or when they have been acquired; draw on a range of methods appropriate to the context, competency and the candidate; and, support continuous competency development.
c) Validity: There are five major types of validity: face, content, criterion (i.e. predictive and concurrent), construct and consequential. In general, validity is concerned with the appropriateness of the inferences, use and consequences that result from the assessment. In simple terms, it is concerned with the extent to which an assessment decision about a candidate (e.g. competent/not yet competent, a grade and/or a mark), based on the evidence of performance by the candidate, is justified. It requires determining conditions that weaken the truthfulness of the decision, exploring alternative explanations for good or poor performance, and feeding them back into the assessment process to reduce errors when making inferences about competence.
Unlike reliability, validity is not simply a property of the assessment tool. As such, an assessment tool designed for a particular purpose and target group may not necessarily lead to valid interpretations of performance and assessment decisions if the tool was used for a different purpose and/or target group
d) Reliability: There are five types of reliability: internal consistency; parallel forms; split-half; inter-rater; and, intra-rater. In general, reliability is an estimate of how accurate or precise the task is as a measurement instrument. Reliability is concerned with how much error is included in the evidence.
Rules of Evidence are closely related to the principles of assessment and provide guidance on the collection of evidence to ensure that it is valid, sufficient, authentic and current as follows:
a) Validity: see Principles of Assessment.
b) Sufficiency: Sufficiency relates to the quality and quantity of evidence assessed. It requires collection of enough appropriate evidence to ensure that all aspects of competency have been satisfied and that competency can be demonstrated repeatedly. Supplementary sources of evidence may be necessary. The specific evidence requirements of each unit of competency provide advice on sufficiency.
c) Authenticity: To accept evidence as authentic, an assessor must be assured that the evidence presented for assessment is the candidate’s own work.
d) Currency: Currency relates to the age of the evidence presented by candidates to demonstrate that they are still competent. Competency requires demonstration of current erformance, so the evidence must be from either the present or the very recent past.


Australia Christian College is highly committed to equity and access policy to help students with disabilities who need help in completing the course. ACC may play a role in overcoming barriers or provide access to external services. If necessary, course delivery and assessing methods may be modified to take into account of their circumstances while maintaining integrity of the unit of competency. (See ‘ Students with Special Needs’ on your student handbook for the further details.)


The following course specific competencies are achieved through completion of Diploma of Counselling.

Core Units
CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework
CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
CHCCSL503B Facilitate the counselling relationship
CHCCSL504A Apply personality and development theories
CHCCSL505A Apply learning theories in counselling
CHCCSL506A Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues (Note pre-requisite CHCCSL502A)
CHCCSL507B Support clients in decision-making processes
CHCCSL508B Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice
CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills (Note pre-requisites CHCCSL501A, CHCCSL503B, CHCCSL507B)
CHCCSL512A Determine suitability of client for counselling services
CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk
HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers
CHCCM503C Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management
HLTWHS300A Contribute to WHS processes


Elective Units
National Code Competency
CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief
CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide
CHCGroup403D Plan and conduct group activities


To receive Diploma of Counselling, students must satisfactorily complete the subjects in the following table. Diploma course includes 17 subjects (14 units of core units and 3 units of elective units ), approximately 1550 hours of study.

Subject Code Name Subject length Competency Code
COCM501 Counselling Model TERM CHCCSL501A
COCM502 Counselling Communication TERM CHCCSL502A
COCR503 Counselling Relationship TERM CHCCSL503A
CODT504 Development Theories TERM CHCCSL504A
COLT505 Learning Theories TERM CHCCSL505A
COCT506 Counselling Therapies TERM CHCCSL506A
COSC507 Supporting Clients TERM CHCCSL507B
COCE508 Counselling Ethics TERM CHCCSL508B
COCS509 Counselling Skills TERM CHCCSL509A
COSC512 Suitability of Counselling TERM CHCCSL512A
COCM503 Case Management TERM CHCCM503C
CORC514 Risk Counselling TERM CHCCS514A
COMU403 Multi-culture Understanding TERM HLTHIR403C
COGC426 Grief Counselling TERM CHCCS426A
COSC521 Suicide Counselling TERM CHCCS521A
COGC403 Group Counselling TERM CHCGROUP403D


Not Applicable

13. COURSE DATES - General Courses

2015 Semester 1
Orientation Tuesday 3 March
Term 1 Thursday 5 March – Saturday 9 May
Term 2 Thursday 14 May – Saturday 25 July


2015 Semester 2
Orientation Tuesday 4 August
Term 3 Thursday 6 August – Saturday 10 October
Term 4 Thursday 15 October – Saturday 19 December


2016 Semester 1
Term 1 29, Feb, 2016 – 29, April, 2016
Term 2 02, May, 2016 – 08, July, 2016

2016 Semester 2
Term 3 11, July, 2016 – 23, Sep, 2016
Term 4 26, Sep, 2016 – 27, Nov, 2016

14. COURSE DATES - Overseas Student Program

2016 Semester 1
Term 1 29, Feb, 2016 – 23, April, 2016
Term 1 Break 25, April, 2016 – 1, May, 2016
Term 2 02, May, 2016 – 02, July, 2016
Term 2 Break 04, July, 2016 – 10, July, 2016

2016 Semester 2
Term 3 11, July, 2016 – 10, Sep, 2016
Term 3 Break 12, Sep, 2016 – 25, Sep, 2016
Term 4 26, Sep, 2016 – 27, Nov, 2016
Term 4 Break 28, Nov, 2016 –