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Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Graduate Certificate of Counselling

  • Accessible, flexible and accelerated
    Study anywhere, anytime with our flexible online format. This course is delivered in accelerated mode, allowing you to earn your degree and put your skills into practice sooner.
  • Fully supported
    Be supported throughout your study journey by a personal Student Success Advisor and online learning community of like-minded students and friendly, accessible staff.
  • Job ready skills, relevant to industry
    Gain a wide range of skills – identified and designed by industry experts – to meet the complex and evolving needs of individuals and communities.
  • Professional Recognition
    The ECU Graduate Certificate of Counselling is a pathway to the Master of Counselling, which has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).

ECU’s online Graduate Certificate of Counselling is for professionals who want to expand their foundational skills and make a difference to the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Students may study this course and continue to the Masters to equip themselves to become full-time counsellors. Alternatively, they may wish to add to their existing skillset in roles including:

  • Social work
  • Career coaching
  • Psychology
  • Other allied health
  • Human resources
  • Youth work
  • Human welfare roles
  • Local government support/community development roles
  • Case work
  • Disability support work
  • Cognate undergraduate social science or behavioural science

The course has 3 units of study.

  • Foundations of Counselling Practice 
  • Theories and Techniques in Counselling 
  • The Role of the Counsellor 

Course admission requirements

  • Bachelor degree from a country specified in the Admissions Policy (with preference given to degrees relating to 'helping professions'); or
  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0)

What you will learn

Understand counselling in a digital world
Gain skills to effectively adapt to the field as it expands across the digital realm. Understand how theories and techniques of counselling can be translated and adapted for delivery across a range of modalities to connect with and support people in unique and far-reaching ways.

Develop a person-centred approach
Learn how to walk alongside individuals in a process that values difference, supports self-discovery, builds on unique strengths and recognises the interrelationships between individuals, communities and social structures as important platforms for healing.

Examine the roles of counsellors working at the cultural interface
Learn the skills and abilities needed to work in the community and actively promote a positive sense of identity, culture and heritage, with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and practice.

Explore self-awareness and reflective practice
Engage in self-evaluation, critical thinking and reflective practice to gain a deeper understanding of the self, and how this interplays with the therapeutic process, personal growth and ongoing professional development.

2023 academic year student fees shown are subject to change. You may also be required to pay student amenities fees. Contact the university directly to confirm.

Fees shown are per unit. The number of units are listed below fees. Together they indicate the total fees for the course.

FEE-HELP loans are available to assist eligible full-fee paying domestic students with the cost of a university course.

Key Facts
  • Study Mode: Online
  • 6 months (part-time)
  • $3,720 per unit FEE HELP available
  • 3 units
  • Start Date: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sep & Nov