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University of Canberra

Graduate Certificate in Counselling

  • Delivery: Online
  • Commitment: 15 - 20 hours/week
  • Study Level: Postgraduate
  • Duration: 8 months

This online qualification allows you to take the next step in your career as a counsellor, youth worker, community support worker, case worker, family counsellor and many other human service roles and provides a pathway to the Master of Counselling.

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Course overview

Guide the way by gaining the foundational skills in counselling to practise respectful and inclusive counselling. You will experience interactive teaching in a supportive learning environment.

  • Skills relevant to industry
    Learn the theoretical and practical elements of the helping relationship to make ethical decisions in a range of contexts.

  • Dedicated student support
    Be supported by a learning community of students and academics.

  • Accelerated learning with immediate application
    Study one unit at a time, online and accelerated, instantly adding value to your career and organisation. Start anytime – intakes are open every two months.

Key facts

Study level
Course type
Graduate Certificate
8 months (Part time)
15 - 20 hours/week
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FEE-HELP available
Price per unit
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2024 indicative fees.
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What you will study

The Graduate Certificate in Counselling encompasses four units.

  • Counselling Theory and Approaches
  • Core Counselling Skills
  • Principles of Ethical Conduct in Counselling
  • Diversity Inclusion Respect

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Counselling, applicants must have an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in any discipline.

Additionally, completion of the graduate certificate would allow a student to be eligible for direct admission to the graduate diploma and master’s degree.

There are non-standard English language requirements for this course.

To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0, with no band score below 7.0.

For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for the course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Learning outcomes

  • Foundations of counselling
    Acquire a critical understanding of the skills and major models of counselling that will support you to work in a range of human service roles.

  • Respectful approach to counselling
    Develop the knowledge on how to work with people from diverse cultural backgrounds and identities.

Career outcomes

Students of the Graduate Certificate in Counselling develop foundational skills that are applicable to a wide variety of organisations and counselling teams. This qualification allows you to take the next step in your career as a counsellor, youth worker, community support worker, case worker, family counsellor, development officer and many other human service roles.


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

The 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.