Up to 1 year of part-time study.
The course is only available to students on a part-time basis
Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2023 close 27 November 2022
Our Graduate Certificate of Counselling will provide you with essential knowledge and skills in counselling required to effectively and compassionately support individuals with mild or moderate mental health problems and normal developmental issues. The course has a particular focus on telecounselling and counselling diversity, both of which are of increasing importance and experiencing higher demand in Australia and globally.
Want to expand on your current career in helping others or start a new career path in counselling?
This course will be a perfect fit for you if you’ve considered a career related to counselling or would like to develop counselling expertise to support your current role and expand your career opportunities (i.e. support workers, social workers, teachers, student advisors, nurses, supervisors, managers, doctors, occupational therapists etc.).
As a graduate, you will be armed with practical knowledge and expertise relating to counselling micro-skills, mental health issues, professional practice issues, and human development.
By studying counselling with Deakin, you’ll be joining a university ranked well above world standard for our Psychology and Cognitive Sciences research.*
*Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018
Alternative Course offerings
You can choose to continue your studies in counselling by applying for our Graduate Diploma of Counselling. After successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Counselling you will only need to complete four more units to graduate with the diploma level qualification.Read More
- Award granted
- Graduate Certificate of Counselling
2023 course information (First intake Trimester 2)
- Deakin code
- Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
The Graduate Certificate of Counselling is part-time only and consists of the standard academic integrity module and 4 core Foundations of Counselling units, each worth 1 credit point (total 4 credit points).
All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first semester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).
The Graduate Certificate in Counselling is nested within the Graduate Diploma of Counselling. Students in the Graduate Certificate can easily transition into the Graduate Diploma.
The course is only available on a part-time basis.
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
This course can form a nested pathway to the Graduate Diploma of Counselling.
As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, workshops, online interaction and clinical placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
The course requires a part-time commitment, with a substantive load of required learning activities and study time. Although the course is designed for working health professionals, students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities per unit credit point.
See individual unit descriptions for full details.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability.
English language requirements
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.
Entry requirements include:
- Bachelor Degree or higher OR
- two years relevant work experience OR
- evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
Fees and scholarships
Learn more about fees and your options for paying.
The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year as they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning.
One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.
You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about fees and available payment options.
What is FEE-HELP?
FEE-HELP loans cover up to 100% of tuition fees for eligible students. By taking out a FEE-HELP loan, the government pays your tuition fees directly to Deakin, and the balance is repaid from your employment income - but only once you're earning over $48,361.
Please note: fees shown by the calculator are indicative only and based on 2023 rates. Actual fees may vary. We advise confirming fees with Prospective Student Enquiries prior to enrolment.
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The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:
- does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
- does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 10% Deakin alumni discount);
- assumes the maximum number of units that need to be successfully completed actual number completed may be reduced if recognition of prior learning is granted;
- assumes that no exceptional, or non-typical, circumstances apply to the proposed course of study;
- assumes that the options that the user selects are appropriate for the course of study that they intend to undertake;
- where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.
The course has been designed to foster practical counselling skills that can be applied in-person, over the phone, or online via videoconference. There is a growing demand for these skills across a range of occupations related to mental health, disability, allied health and social support services, with an expected very strong increase in demand over the next five years.*
As a counsellor you will provide advice and information on relationships, social, educational, occupational and a range of other every-day life difficulties. You will develop rapport and a healthy therapeutic relationship with people to help them to identify and define their emotional issues through a range of therapies including cognitive behaviour therapy, interpersonal therapy, and other talking therapies.
The Graduate Certificate will not be accredited as the minimum requirement for Australian Counselling Association accreditation is a Graduate Diploma. Accreditation will be sought for the Graduate Diploma.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Demonstrate specialist knowledge of counselling roles, skills, and theory across the lifespan to a variety of audiences relevant to professional counselling.
Employ clear written and oral communication skills in order to effect therapeutic change in counselling.
Select appropriate digital tools to find, use, and disseminate information in counselling practice.
Identify, synthesize, integrate, and critically reflect on research to inform counselling practice.
Appraise, select, and apply specialized counselling skills and knowledge to solve complex problems in the field of counselling.
Demonstrate high level self-management and awareness in learning and practice that reinforces the importance of responsibility, accountability, and ethics in professional counselling.
Work effectively in supervisory, leadership, and managerial capacities. Communicate and collaborate with other mental health professionals to support clients.
Evaluate and apply ethical principles to work productively in the field of counselling within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts. Collaborate and communicate in a self-reflective manner.