Overview

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling provides you with training in the theory and practice of counselling. The course is designed for students who are seeking to develop counselling skills for their current employment in fields such as nursing, social work, pastoral care and teaching.  The qualification best suits those students whose primary occupation is not counselling but for whom basic counselling skills are required.

View Graduate Certificate of Counselling course handbook
There’s still time to start in Semester 1

Don’t wait another year to start your postgrad study. Start your application now and be in class by the end of February.

Upgrade your skills

  • Basic and advanced counselling skills
  • Ethical practice
  • Ethical decision making
  • Adaptable and able to manage change

Stretch your career further

  • Private practice counselling
  • Mental health counselling
  • Youth counselling
  • Pastoral care
  • Grief counselling

Strong industry connections and co-creation

Students usually find their connections through their own professional networks.

International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Professional accreditations

Why Swinburne?

Ranked top 250 in the world for the subject of psychology

83.5% of students found employment within 4 months of graduating

Ranked top 20% in Australia for 5-star PG Overall experience

Qualifications

Completion of an approved undergraduate or postgraduate degree or approved equivalent. While no specific area of study is required as a prerequisite, it would be advantageous for students to have experience in human services, couple counselling or forensic settings.

Selection is based on an interview and the applicant’s suitability for the program as determined by academic and work experience, referee reports, and the stated reasons for wishing to undertake the program. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit. 

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Completion of an approved undergraduate or postgraduate degree or approved equivalent. While no specific area of study is required as a prerequisite, it would be advantageous for students to have experience in human services, couple counselling or forensic settings.

Selection is based on an interview and the applicant’s suitability for the program as determined by academic and work experience, referee reports, and the stated reasons for wishing to undertake the program. Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.

Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.

Successful completion of Australian Year 12, or equivalent overseas qualification.

Other requirements

Working with Children Check

All students studying this course in Australia will be required to submit a current Working with Children Check and Police Check. 

NDIS Worker Screening Check

Students enrolled in this course may be required to apply for and receive an acceptable National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Screening Check prior to commencing placement with an NDIS provider. The relevant fee is the responsibility of the student.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Counselling, students must complete 50 credit points comprising four core units (50 credit points).

4
Core units
=
Graduate Certificate

Nested programs

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling forms the first stage in a nested suite of programs. Continue studying with the:

Your units

Units of study Unit code
Hawthorn on-campus students
Foundations of Counselling
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60001
Ethics and Cultural Diversity for Counsellors
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60004
Lifespan Development and Systemic Thinking
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60009
Advanced Counselling
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC70008
Singapore (Executive Counselling and Training Academy students only)
Professional Ethics and Supervision
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60011
Specific Skills in Counselling
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60012
Theories and Foundations of Counselling
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60013
Counselling Processes and Interventions
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
PSC60014

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$16,750

Total fee* ($AUD)

$16,750

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$0.00

Fees

Contact Executive Counselling and Training Academy*

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply directly

This program is only available in Singapore to Singapore citizens, Singapore permanent residents, holders of a valid Singapore dependant's pass, and holders of a valid Singapore work permit.

Application forms are available from the Executive Counselling and Training Academy, Singapore.

Find out more

Prospective applicants residing in Singapore should contact:

Executive Counselling and Training Academy Pte Ltd
210 Middle Road
#07-02 Singapore Pools Building
Singapore 188994

Tel: +65 6346 6411
Fax: +65 6334 2911
Email: info@ecta.edu.sg

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Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

Start dates
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Last date to apply
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Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
Start dates
26-February-2024
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Location
Start dates
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
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