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2012 Graduate Certificate of Counselling(K5A)

Responsible faculty or institute:
Science, Engineering and Technology (principal)
Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum .5 yrs, Maximum 2 yrs.
Course Contact (faculty or school):

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (03) 6226 2125 or School of Psychology (03) 6226 2237


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. It is a HECS based course offered on the Hobart campus on a part-time study basis and comprises four 12.5% units.

Admission & Prerequisites

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.

Course Objectives

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.

Articulation to/from Course

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.

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 (

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