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Engage effectively with people seeking support

Take the next step in your career in community services with this advanced qualification. This course will give you the expert counselling and communication skills you need help others in a variety of different settings.

You will learn how to establish counselling relationships, know the right questions to ask, conduct yourself within ethical and legal frameworks, and recognise and respond to crisis situations. Our highly-skilled and intuitive teaching staff are the best in the business, and will give you the guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a counsellor. You will also have a solid foundation for further tertiary study. Course details

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$10000 VET Student Loan available

LOCATION/S

Gold Coast - Southport

Key dates and info

DURATION

Blended: 12 months

Course details

COST

  • Full Fee $8,570

Student Loan Available

07 5581 8300

No matter your question,
we are here to help!

How to enrol

Sylvia Planing

Choose from a range of rewarding career paths

Before commencing my Diploma of Community Services, I had reservations as to what specific career path I should take within the industry. However with the guidance and experience of my teachers by my side, I became better equipped to make a confident and informed career choice; one that provides me with options should I choose to focus on a different path.

Sylvia Planing
Diploma of Community Services

Thank you

A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Course snapshot

Key dates

LOCATION START DATE DELIVERY
Gold Coast - Southport 30 Jan 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

To gain entry into CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience. Candidates with work experience in the below listed areas are more likely to succeed this level of qualification:

  • Experience in self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, e.g. learning new models of practice and applying this learning to the job role
  • Experience in a job role that requires independent judgement and decision-making
  • Experience in applying relevant technical and other skills in the work environment, e.g. customer service, conflict resolution, negotiation, mediation, assertiveness and computer skills.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast enrolment requirements:

  • completion of Year 12 or equivalent
  • 18 years of age or older
  • sound literacy and numeracy skills (with the ability to write essays and reports)
  • IT skills are required for online learning (with the ability to use the Microsoft Office suite e.g. Word and PowerPoint)

VET Student Loan (VSL) - All applicants enrolling into this Diploma using the VET Student Loan option must provide a copy of their Year 12 certificate or an Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) Level 4 qualification or above issued in Australia.  Applicants that are not able to produce a copy of this document are required to complete the Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) test before enrolment.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at rplcoordinator.goldcoast@tafe.qld.edu.au.

Location/s

Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

Students are recommended to purchase a USB storage device. Students will be required to access online content as part of this course.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)

Timetable

This program is offered via mixed mode delivery for 12 months at Southport.

Mixed mode learning includes:

  • Weekly online sessions for each unit
  • Weekly face-to-face workshops to actively demonstrate your progression of skills and knowledge and undertake assessments on Wednesdays from 4.00pm-6.00pm at Southport (timetable subject to change).  Please note that the workshop frequency, day and time may be adjusted throughout the program depending on student attendance and student numbers. It is strongly advisable to attend the weekly workshop to practice skills and gain understanding of your assessment requirements.
  • For some weeks face-to-face classes will also be held on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 10.00am-12.00pm.  Please consult your timetable for allocated weeks.
  • Mandatory Intensive Skills weeks on Monday 26 February to Wednesday 28 February 2018 and Monday 13 August to Wednesday 15 August 2018 from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport.
  • Mandatory Practical Skills weeks on Tuesday 22 May to Friday 25 May 2018 and Tuesday 30 October to Friday 2 November 2018 from 8.30am-5.00pm at Southport for assessments and group work. Your teachers will discuss this in more detail in your orientation week.

Important Information

Please be aware that this program is comprised of units that include topics covering mental health, child protection, and alcohol and other drugs therefore some students may be challenged by the sensitive nature of this information.

Course commencement is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.

Units

To achieve this qualification the student must demonstrate competency in 17 units, 13 core and 4 electives.

UNIT CODE DESCRIPTION TYPE
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context Elective
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support Elective
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship Core
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills Core
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process Core
CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories Core
CHCCSL005 Apply learning theories in counselling Core
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies Core
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision-making processes Core
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence Elective
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management Core

Disclaimer

Not all electives available at all campuses

  • To access the Fee Schedule click here
  • Read here for further information about VET Student Loans.
  • VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements.
  • VET Student Loans give rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

$8,570

FULL FEE

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SUBSIDISED

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CONCESSION

Student Loan Available

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VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Subsidised

The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

Concession

You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

VET Student Loans

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Prior to applying for a VET Student Loan, please ensure that you have read and understood the VET Student Loans Pre-Enrolment Information

VET Student Loans are an interest-free loan from the Australian Government that help students pay for their education and training.

TAFE Queensland receives the full loan amount for your course directly from the Government, and you repay your loan through the Australian taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.

You are eligible for a VET Student Loan if you:

You must demonstrate academic suitability by:

  • providing a copy of your Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (year 12 certificate); OR
  • providing evidence of successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework certificate IV or higher qualification (where the language of instruction is English), OR
  • are assessed as a minimum of Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework (ASCF) in both reading and numeracy

VET student loans will not be approved for students who do not meet the eligibility requirements. VET student loans gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

Please note that all students enrolling in an accredited course are required to provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI).

More information about VET Student Loans.

 

Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front, or you are not eligible for VET Student Loan, you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.

Note: If you are accessing a VET Student Loan, and there is a difference between the loan cap amount and the total cost of your course (for example your loan cap amount is $10,000 and your course costs $11,000 - there is a $1,000 difference), you are required to pay the difference.

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Payment options explained

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, or just want someone to talk it over with, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.

Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.

Outcome

This qualification is for those students who wish to add counselling skills to their existing qualifications profile. Additionally, this qualification assists students to articulate into university bachelor degrees (see below link to our University Pathways guide for more information).

Please note: This qualification won’t be sufficient for students to gain employment as a ‘Counsellor’ as such. In the Human Services industry, most positions titled Counsellor require degree qualifications. Students should fully investigate the relevant qualifications required for whatever outcome and career path they hope to pursue.

Job prospects

  • Case Worker
  • Domestic Violence Support Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Youth Case Worker
  • Disability Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Support Worker
  • Homeless Outreach Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Counsellor

University pathways

A course with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast can be a great path to university. In many cases, you can save up to one year from your university qualification.

Read our University Pathways guide to learn all about it.

Sylvia Planing

Choose from a range of rewarding career paths

Before commencing my Diploma of Community Services, I had reservations as to what specific career path I should take within the industry. However with the guidance and experience of my teachers by my side, I became better equipped to make a confident and informed career choice; one that provides me with options should I choose to focus on a different path.

Sylvia Planing
Diploma of Community Services

Enrol now

You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Read the Pre-enrolment Information
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

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tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/enrolment-fees/enrol

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:
http://tafegoldcoast.edu.au/study-with-us/career-changers-jobseeker/recognition-prior-learning

Orientation

Orientation for January 2018 intake: 8.00am-4.30pm on Tuesday 30 January 2018 at Southport, Level 4, Room 410 and 8.30am-4.30pm on Thursday 1 February 2018 at Southport, Level 1 (Ground Floor), Rooms 103/104.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 20 November 2017

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$10000 VET Student Loan available

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