Relationship Counselling

The Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling is a one year course and is available on a part time basis

This postgraduate short course provides a next level focus on the necessary skills involved in relationship counselling . With only four units, the Graduate Certificate in relationship counselling has been developed with an emphasis on understanding the human person of both the client and the counsellor.

Part-time | One Year | On-campus or Online with on-campus elements.

Student feedback shows that CHC counselling students value highly the small class sizes and close interaction with staff. Employers of CHC graduates consistently report on their high levels of knowledge, skills, job readiness and industry awareness.

This courses can feed into the Master of Counselling and offers a specialisation in relationship counselling.

Upon completion of this course graduates will be able to provide evidence they have:

1. Attained knowledge of the theory, skills and processes related to relationship counselling.

2. Critically evaluated theories, principles and concepts of relationship counselling.

3. Developed relationship counselling skills.

4. Critically reflected on theory, personal perspectives and professional practice in relationship counselling.

5. Integrated Christian worldview perspectives, ethical and cultural considerations, research evidence and professional competencies by means of critical thinking and judgment in relationship counselling contexts.

6. Constructed logical, coherent and reasoned arguments that clearly and appropriately communicate specific counselling knowledge and ideas.






Course Code



On campus, Mixed


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Admission Criteria


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Applicants who have recently completed secondary education are not eligible for entry to this course. You will require a completed Bachelor level qualification.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are not eligible for admission to this course.

Applicants with a Bachelor or higher degree in a relevant people-helping field are eligible for admission to this course.

Applicants with work and life experience are not eligible for admission to this course.


Applicants for whom English is not their first language must provide certified documentary evidence that their secondary schooling, or tertiary studies of at least one year, was conducted in the English language or they have satisfactory results in an acceptable English Language Proficiency examination (see table below). Results are to be no more than two years old as at the commencement of the course of study.

EXAMINATION Minimum Requirement
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (at least 6.0 in all subtests)
PTE (Academic) 59 (at least 51 in all subtests)
TOEFL (IBT) 90 (at least 16 in Listening, Reading; 21 in Writing; 18 in Speaking)
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Our expert teaching staff will inspire you to think creatively, be curious and innovate.

Flexible delivery

Choose a part-time or full-time program to suit your circumstance and lifestyle. Part-time student should note some classes my be scheduled during the day.  Some lectures and tutorials may also have evening classes.


The Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling would consist of four units of study totalling 40cps. It is designed to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in relationship counselling.

The units in the Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling are:

  • FR550 Family and Relationship Counselling I
  • FR551 Family and Relationship Counselling II
  • FR552 Family and Relationship Counselling III
  • CO553 Domestic and Family Violence

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Relationship Counselling must complete all of the units listed.

A standard unit carrying a weighting of 10 credit points has an EFTSL value of 0.125 and a semester workload of 150 hours. This includes element such as scheduled contact time, personal study, and preparation of assessment tasks. Unit outlines include a breakdown of these elements as they apply to each unit.

The standard part-time workload for the course is two units, or 20 credit points, over two semesters, totalling 40 credit points.


All courses at CHC have study costs associated with them, and these are determined by whether you are a domestic student or an international student, and whether you are in a fee-paying place or a Commonwealth supported place.

Different payment options are available, and eligible students can access the Commonwealth government’s HELP scheme to defer the payment of their study costs.

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CHC has a number of scholarships available in particular course areas to help students who are coming to CHC as school-leavers.

The Government also provides some financial assistance to students to help the transition into study.

Further information about scholarships and government financial assistance is available below.

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