Graduate Certificate of Counselling (M5I)

Overview  2016


ATAR Clearly-In Rank

Clearly-in Rank

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in the first offer round in 2015.

The Clearly-in rank should be used as a guide for entry. Note: entry to some courses requires a combination of criteria (ie. folio, interview, GMAT) not just ATAR alone.

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Part time only
Minimum 1 Years, up to a maximum of 3 Years


Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.


Semester 1

Full Fee Paying places available

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This course is offered on a full fee paying basis to eligible domestic students commencing in 2013. Fees are established per unit and can be found in the unit descriptions within the course schedule. Click on 'View fees for this unit' and select 'Tuition fee (domestic) Post 2008' as the fee type.

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling is a skill based course which provides opportunities for graduates and people working in counselling roles to gain a qualification in counselling, together with preparation for further study in Counselling and Rehabilitation Counselling. The course is offered on the Hobart campus on a part-time study basis and comprises four 12.5% units.

The Graduate Certificate of Counselling aims to equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills in counselling, together with an understanding of the ethical, legal and professional issues in relation to the practice of counselling. The course also aims to provide professional development opportunities for people working in counselling roles, and preparation for further study in Counselling or Rehabilitation Counselling

Career outcomes

Professional Recognition

Eligibility for listing on the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Register normally requires two years of postgraduate training, however, admission to the Register based on recognition of prior learning, practice and supervision is also possible. For further information, go to the PACFA website (

Course structure


This unit examines styles of counselling with integration of theories of counselling with its practice. This unit teaches both basic skills in counselling and more advanced skills necessary in more complex counselling situations. Multicultural counselling will also be addressed.On successful…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit covers the skills needed for the various components of the counselling process and builds on the skills acquired in Counselling Skills 1, including further exploration of the 3 Steps Egan model. Students are required to demonstrate they have…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

In this unit participants develop and clarify their awareness and thinking around ethical and practice dilemmas within professional counselling practice. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal standards of practice and on the acquisition and application of decision-making…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit explores both current thinking around dealing with life issues of adjustment to change - particularly those changes involving loss, grief and trauma. Death and bereavement will be addressed including dealing with grief as a natural process and with…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Entry requirements

Requirements for entry to the course are completion of a degree with a major in psychology or behavioural science, or a degree in an affiliated area or other equivalent qualifications. In special cases candidates who do not satisfy the normal entry requirements but have extensive relevant professional experience may be accepted for entry to the course. Candidates will be interviewed and are required to submit a professional statement including professional references, statement of intent, work history and police records check.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements


All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Counselling may be eligible for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and the Graduate Diploma in Rehabilitation Counselling.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Annual Tuition Fee is inclusive of the compulsory Student Services and Amenities (SSA) fee. The SSA fee for 2017 is $294 AUD.

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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