Why study with ECU 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 industry

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

    Our Master of Counselling has been accredited by the Australian Counselling Association (ACA).
Who should study this course?

ECU’s online Graduate Certificate of Counselling is for professionals who want to expand their foundational skills and make a difference to the lives of 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
  • Case work
  • Disability support work
  • Cognate undergraduate social science or behavioural science

See admission requirements in ECU’s Master of Counselling brochure for more information.


What you will learn

Effective counselling techniques

Gain a deepened understanding of counselling approaches across psychodynamic, behavioural, cognitive-behavioural and humanistic theories. Apply your practical skills and techniques to make assessments, plan treatments and implement evidence-based interventions.

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.

Core principles of counselling

Enhance your knowledge of effective counselling practice and the legal and ethical responsibilities of the counsellor. Learn verbal and professional writing standards relevant throughout the counselling process.

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.


I chose ECU’s online Master of Counselling because it was progressive. The course facilitators are friendly, encouraging practitioners with extensive professional experience. My fellow students are a diverse range of professionals of all ages and make the degree even richer through their contributions.

Michael Kay
Master of Counselling student

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 

Entry criteria

Course 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'); or

  • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.

  • English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic Overall band minimum score of 6.5 (no individual band less than 6.0)

Student support

Not only will you be supported by our academic staff with feedback and answers to your academic 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 to provide motivation and guidance, supporting you while you achieve your study goals.


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

How to apply

Ready to apply? Our support staff are available to guide you through our three-step process.

Find out more.


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.

For more information on fees and the FEE-HELP loan, call us on 1300 707 760.