Graduate Certificate of Counselling


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Program Description

Enhance the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.

Counselling skills are increasingly relevant to a range of disciplines, including nursing, social work and teaching.

You can deepen your skills and respond to the evolving needs of individuals and communities with ECU’s online Graduate Certificate of Counselling.

You will examine techniques of counsellors in various modalities, and you will gain practical knowledge of how to apply person-centred approaches to counselling. You will also begin to develop reflective practices to continue your development as you walk alongside individuals and communities.

The online Graduate Certificate of Counselling is also an excellent pathway to the ECU’s online Master of Counselling.

Why study with ECU Accelerated Online?

Accessible, flexible, and accelerated

Study anywhere, anytime with our flexible online format. Our course is delivered in accelerated mode, allowing you to earn your degree and put your skills into practice sooner.

Fully supported

Be supported throughout your study journey by a personal Student Success Advisor and online learning community of like-minded students and friendly, accessible staff.

Job-ready skills, relevant to the industry

Gain a wide range of skills – identified and designed by industry experts – to meet the complex and evolving needs of individuals and communities.

Who should study this course?

ECU’s online Graduate Certificate of Counselling will help you expand your foundational skills in helping individuals, families and communities.

Students may study this course and continue to the Masters to equip themselves to become full-time counsellors. Alternatively, they may wish to add to their existing skillset in roles including:

  • Social work
  • Career coaching
  • Psychology
  • Other allied health
  • Human resources
  • Youth work
  • Human welfare roles
  • Local government support/community development roles
  • Casework
  • Disability support work
  • Cognate undergraduate social science or behavioural science

What you will learn

Gain skills to effectively adapt to the field as it expands across the digital realm.

Understand how theories and techniques of counselling can be translated and adapted for delivery across a range of modalities to connect with and support people in unique and far-reaching ways.

Develop a person-centred approach

Learn how to walk alongside individuals in a process that values difference, supports self-discovery, builds on unique strengths and recognises the interrelationships between individuals, communities, and social structures as important platforms for healing.

Examine the roles of counsellors working at the cultural interface

Learn the skills and abilities needed to work in the community and actively promote a positive sense of identity, culture, and heritage, with particular emphasis on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and practice.

Explore self-awareness and reflective practice

Engage in self-evaluation, critical thinking, and reflective practice to gain a deeper understanding of the self, and how this interplays with the therapeutic process, personal growth, and ongoing professional development.

What you will study

The course has 3 units of study.

Graduate Certificate of Counselling units
  • Foundations of Counselling Practice 
  • Theories and Techniques in Counselling 
  • The Role of the Counsellor 

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Student support

Not only will you be supported by the academic staff, with feedback and answers to your academic-related questions, but you will also receive dedicated one-on-one support for all non-academic queries from your Student Success Advisor. They are available via phone or email and provide motivation and guidance to support you to achieve your study goals.


Assessments vary from unit to unit. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Student Success Advisor about each unit assessment requirements. Assessments may include case studies, reviews, reports, portfolios, applied projects and presentations. We do not hold exams for 100% online programs.

Entry criteria

General admission requirements

To gain entry into the Graduate Certificate of Counselling you will need the following:

  • Bachelor degree from a country specified in the Admissions Policy (with preference given to degrees relating to 'helping professions').
  • IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0).


The government loan scheme that applies to most postgraduate courses is known as FEE-HELP. Australian citizens and holders of a Permanent Humanitarian visa who are residing within Australia are eligible to access FEE-HELP. Using this program, you can borrow enough money from the Commonwealth Government to cover your course fees. Once your income reaches a certain level, you will pay the loan back via the tax system.

How to apply

Give us a call

We’re here to support you. You can phone and speak with one of our Student Enrolment Advisors before you begin the application process to talk through any questions you may have and help you with your application.

Gather your documents

Your Student Enrolment Advisor will advise what you will need to accompany your application. Documents for a strong application often include transcripts, certificates to verify previous studies and work experience evidence.

Apply now

Visit our website and go to our application system. The great news is you don’t have to complete the whole application in one sitting; you can save it and come back later.

To apply, you will need the course name and code, as well as scanned, certified copies of supporting documents.

Studying online with ECU

ECU Accelerated Online enables you to fit study around your life and graduate sooner than traditional part-time study. Delivered in a flexible online format and with six study periods a year, you could complete the Graduate Certificate of Counselling in as little as two years, meaning you can take advantage of the growing employment opportunities sooner.

Designed to meet best practice online learning standards and using the latest learning technology, the Graduate Certificate of Counselling will give you the same quality of education and learning outcomes that you would receive if studying on campus.

Last updated Sep 2020

About the School

Edith Cowan University is a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching. We have been rated the maximum of five stars for teaching quality 12 years in a row. F ... Read More

Edith Cowan University is a young and progressive university with a strong reputation for excellence in teaching. We have been rated the maximum of five stars for teaching quality 12 years in a row. Fit study around your life and graduate sooner with our flexible and accessible accelerated and 100% online postgraduate courses. Read less
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