Summary information



Colleges where it can be studied
  • Stirling Theological College


Overseas students


AQF level

Level 6 – Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree

Study load
  • Part-time
  • Full-time
Study mode
  • Online
  • Blended (combination of Online and Face-to-face)
  • Face-to-face

The standard full-time duration of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling is one year. The Advanced Diploma in Counselling must be completed in not less than one year and not more than three years from the date on which the course is commenced.

Cost of study

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling requires completion of 144 points of study. Fees for 2021 are $1,704* per standard unit or $16,056 for a year of full-time study (8 units).

*Advanced Diploma in Counselling includes the following two units associated with a non-standard fees of $2,916 per unit:

  • DZ2860S Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
  • DZ2075S Counselling Integration Practicum

Fees are subject to change from year to year. For more information about fees, please visit the Fees page.

Detailed information

What this course is about

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling prepares students to work in a multi-disciplinary environment and significantly enhances their counselling, professional and spiritual foundations. Students form a vision of the counsellor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence and theological congruence. The course requires a consistent commitment to supervision and personal and professional integration.

Professional accreditation

The Advanced Diploma meets the requirements of:
The Christian Counsellors Association of Australia (CCAA) for provisional membership.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Diploma in Counselling

  1. have well developed counselling skills to work with clients of low to moderate needs.
  2. have a deep understanding of themselves as counsellors.
  3. apply client spirituality into the counselling experience from an ethical perspective with a critical understanding of Christian worldviews.
  4. apply theological and professional reflection to their practice.
  5. apply professional practice in counselling with diverse people in a range of contexts.
Follow on study

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling meets the academic entry requirements for the Bachelor of Counselling Program. Graduates will need to undertake an entry interview to confirm admission into the Bachelor program.


Admission dates
  • Admissions for first semester 2021 close on Friday 12 February 2021.
  • Admissions for second semester 2021 close on Friday 16 July 2021.
Admission criteria

A person may apply to the Academic Board to enrol as a candidate for the Advanced Diploma in Counselling if he or she:

  • Is a self-insured, non-student member of a relevant professional body; and
  • Satisfactorily completes an interview with a designated Course Advisor; and
  • Has satisfactorily completed an eligible Diploma of Counselling.

For the purposes of admission, eligible Diplomas in Counselling are:

  1. CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling
  2. CHC51712 Diploma of Counselling
  3. 10486NAT Diploma of Counselling (Christian)
  4. 80883ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
  5. 80665ACT Diploma of Counselling and Family Therapy (Christian)
  6. 11397ACT Diploma of Christian Counselling and Family Therapy

How to Apply

Course structure

The Advanced Diploma in Counselling consists of 144 points comprised of:

  1. DZ2860 Theories of Ethical Counselling Integration
  2. DZ2075 Counselling Integration Practicum
  3. DP1930 Academic Research and Writing
  4. DZ2010 Introduction to Psychology
  5. 36 points in the discipline of Professional Counselling
  6. 18 points in a discipline or disciplines in Field B or Field C
  7. A further 18 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown





Where to get further information

Enquire about this course

  • Please select the relevant student option. If you intend to apply for admission as an overseas student, refer to the field "Overseas students" in the summary information provided at the top of this page to check if it is possible for this course.