Qualification details

CHC51708 - Diploma of Counselling (Release 1)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to CHC51712 - Diploma of CounsellingUpdated in V4 Updated core WHS unit. Equivalent vocational outcome. 06/May/2012

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
1 1 (this release) 25/Mar/2011

Units of competency

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CHCCS426A - Provide support and care relating to loss and griefProvide support and care relating to loss and griefN/A
CHCCSL510A - Work effectively with relationship issuesWork effectively with relationship issuesN/A
CHCFAM417B - Identify and use strengths-based practiceIdentify and use strengths-based practiceN/A
CHCICS303A - Support individual health and emotional well beingSupport individual health and emotional well beingN/A
HLTOHS300B - Contribute to OHS processesContribute to OHS processesN/A
HLTHIR404D - Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peopleWork effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peopleN/A
CHCNET501B - Work effectively with other services and networksWork effectively with other services and networksN/A
CHCCSL511A - Provide interventions to address family issuesProvide interventions to address family issuesN/A
CHCGMB502A - Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issuesAssess the needs of clients with problem gambling issuesN/A
CHCLLN403A - Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectivelyIdentify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectivelyN/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 272100 Counsellors 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2513 Counsellors 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0905 Human Welfare Studies And Services 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Advice and Counselling 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Counsellor 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 272100 Counsellors 02/Feb/2009 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 2513 Counsellors 02/Feb/2009 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0905 Human Welfare Studies And Services 02/Feb/2009 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 421 Diploma 02/Feb/2009 
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Modification History

Not Applicable


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge required to undertake generic counselling work involving skills and knowledge in counselling and high level communication in a range of commonly used modalities, referral and working within a case management framework.

Occupational titles  for these workers may include:

  • Counsellor
  • Problem gambling worker

Pathways Information

Not Applicable

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements 

To gain entry into CHC51708 Diploma of Counselling  it is recommended that candidates have sufficient relevant work experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Employability Skills Summary

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries

Packaging Rules


17 units of competency are required for this qualification, including:

  • 14 core units
  • 3 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

  • Relevant electives listed below
  • Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages
  • Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, units of competency packaged at this level or higher in other relevant Training Packages

Core units 

CHCCM503C Develop , facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management 

CHCCS514A Recognise and respond to individuals at risk 

CHCCSL501A Work within a structured counselling framework 

CHCCSL502A Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills 

CHCCSL503A Facilitate the counselling relationship 

CHCCSL504A Apply personality and development theories 

CHCCSL505A Apply learning theories in counselling 

CHCCSL506A Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues  (Note pre -requisite  CHCCSL502A)

CHCCSL507A Support clients in decision -making processes 

CHCCSL508A Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice 

CHCCSL509A Reflect and improve upon counselling skills  (Note pre -requisites  CHCCSL501A, CHCCSL503A, CHCCSL507A)

CHCCSL512A Determine suitability of client for counselling services 

HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co -workers 

HLTOHS300B Contribute to OHS processes 

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice 

All workers undertaking counselling work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients or communities, the following elective is recommended:

HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and /or Torres Strait Islander people 

Relevant electives 

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following list of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Counselling electives 

CHCCS403B Provide brief intervention 

CHCCS417A Provide support and care relating to suicide bereavement 

CHCCS426A Provide support and care relating to loss and grief 

CHCCS521A Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide 

CHCCSL510A Work effectively with relationship issues 

CHCCSL511A Provide interventions to address family issues 

CHCCSL513A Apply somatic distress reduction techniques 

Client support electives 

CHCAC318B Work effectively with older people 

CHCAD401D Advocate for clients 

CHCAOD510A Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and /or other drugs issues 

CHCCHILD401A Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 

CHCCHILD505B Work effectively in child protection and out of home care for children and young people 

CHCDIS301B Work effectively with people with a disability 

CHCICS302A Participate in the implementation of individualised plans 

CHCICS303A Support individual health and emotional well being 

CHCICS405A Facilitate groups for individual outcomes 

CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language , literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively 

CHCMH301B Work effectively in mental health 

CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues 

CHCPROT424A Develop a child protection practice framework 

CHCYTH401B Engage respectfully with young people 

Family focus electives 

CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence 

CHCDFV402C Manage own professional development in responding to domestic and family violence 

CHCDFV505C Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence 

CHCFAM406B Engage and resource clients to improve their interpersonal relationships 

CHCFAM407B Work effectively in relationship work 

CHCFAM417B Identify and use strengths -based practice 

CHCFAM503B Work with a child focused approach 

Group work electives 

CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities 

CHCGROUP408B Facilitate and review a psycho -educational group 

CHCGROUP410B Deliver a structured program 

CHCGROUP504B Assess group members and their social systems 

CHCGROUP509B Manage disclosures and disruptions in groups 

Network support and administration electives 

CHCINF505C Meet statutory and organisation information requirements 

CHCNET404A Facilitate links with other services 

CHCNET501B Work effectively with other services and networks 

PSPMNGT605B Manage diversity 

Problem gambling electives 

CHCGMB501A Work effectively in the problem gambling sector 

CHCGMB502A Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues 

CHCGMB503A Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues 

Settlement work electives 

CHCSW401A Work effectively with forced migrants 

CHCSW402A Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia