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Copyright: 2012 Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors



Want to learn about the Diploma?

Then ask your question!


Prospective students of AIPC often have similar questions about the Diploma. These queries may be about the industry, the course structure, investment options or options after graduation. Check out some of our common FAQs:


Can I work as a counsellor?

YES. On completion of the nationally recognised training program Diploma of Professional Counselling, you will be able to practise in all states of Australia. The Institute has one of the highest graduate success rates in the industry. In a recent survey of graduates, over 90% indicated that their course met their enrolment goals. If you'd like to hear from some successful graduates, visit us at


By what method can I complete my course?

AIPC students are able to study their course externally (home study); online; by attending classes; or by any combination of these!


Studying online is becoming an increasingly popular method as students enjoy the flexibility and benefits of accessing our Virtual Campus on our website. Students are able to download their workbooks, complete their assessments, upload their workbooks for marking and then receive their result, all online.


Students who want more face-to-face contact during their studies are able to attend classes which are held at many of our Student Support Centres in metropolitan areas. Students are also able to change between these three methods of study at any time.


All students, irrespective of their mode of study, are able to access study support services such as the national toll free Study Assistance Line and Virtual Campus. There are a number of study support tools available for all students on the AIPC website. These include seminar timetables, the online knowledge base (with over 4,000 questions), and contacting an Online Education Adviser by email.


What are the course entry requirements?

The Institute has broad entry requirements to enable people from varying backgrounds access to the course. For instance, as a mature age student (over 21), you may not have completed high school but have gained sufficient life experience to qualify for entry. As a mature age student, Year 12 or a Diploma in another area would also qualify you for entry. If you are under 21 years of age, you will need to have completed Year 12 or a qualification at Certificate level III or higher.


If you are living overseas, it is recommended that you have completed your country's school system or a minimum of one year further education or study.


If I have studied before, can I get academic credits toward the course?

If you have been working in a counselling or similar field, or have completed related study, you may be eligible to gain exemption from certain units of the course via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). We have a very simple system for assessing exemptions and it means you won't be asked to complete work you already have competency in. More information about the RPL process can be obtained from the 'Students' section of our website (


Do I have to complete my course in a specified time?

NO. The Diploma is designed to allow you to work at a pace that you find comfortable. This is known as Self Paced Learning. There is no such thing as an average student and each of us has other commitments as well. What is important is that you follow the guidelines provided in the Student Handbook and set a study plan to work to.


Will I be able to receive Austudy while I study the Diploma?

YES. The Diploma of Professional Counselling course is Austudy and Abstudy approved. To find further details about your eligibility, please contact the Austudy Student Assistance Centre on 13 24 90.


Do I have to keep paying for my course until I graduate?

NO. One of the unique aspects of our study program is that we give you the option of paying for your course on a monthly basis. This means that you pay a nominated amount each month for a set number of months. If you complete paying for your course prior to completing your studies, no further fees are due while you finish your academic requirement. You are FREE to complete your studies in your own timeframe.


How do I get practice in the field?

The structure of the Diploma of Professional Counselling ensures you graduate with a sufficient level of practical skill so that you can apply your counselling knowledge and skill with confidence. The course includes a number of compulsory practical components that cover a range of topics including communication skills, application of five counselling therapies and counselling groups.


These practical components can be completed by attending seminars, one-on-one or small group assessment sessions, or video recording a role play. We provide you with guidelines on how to conduct these sessions, while qualified assessors are available in many regional areas of Australia.


Got some more questions? If you would like to know more about the Institute or the Diploma of Professional Counselling, visit


Looking for Case Studies? If you are a student, graduate, or enquirer - you are able to access a number of case studies from the AIPC website. These case studies have been written by qualified practicing professionals, and offer a comprehensive combination of case theory and practical elements of a counselling session.


You can access the case studies page from


To find more information about the Diploma or the Institute, please visit



Many students of the Diploma of Professional Counselling like to attend seminars to complete the practical requirements of their course.  Seminars provide an ideal opportunity to network with other students and liaise with qualified counselling professionals in conjunction with completing compulsory coursework.  These are the following seminars available during July-August (2006).  To register for a seminar, please contact your Student Support Centre. To find out about further seminar dates, please click here.



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 12/08/2006

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 15/07/2006

The Counselling Process -

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 01 & 02/07/2006

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 19 & 20/08/2006

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 29/07/2006



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 15/07/2006

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 26/08/2006

The Counselling Process - 22/07/2006

Case Management/ SEMINAR E - 01 & 02/07/2006



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 18/07/2006, 05/08/2006, 25/08/2006

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 19/07/2006, 26/08/2006

The Counselling Process - 27/07/2006

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 21 & 22/07/2006

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 21 & 22/08/2006

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 08/07/2006



Communications Skills I/SEMINAR A - 15/07/2006, 26/08/2006

Communications Skills II/SEMINAR B - 16/07/2006, 27/08/2006

The Counselling Process - 13/08/2006

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 01 & 02/07/2006, 19 & 20/08/2006

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D - 22 & 23/07/2006

Case Management/ SEMINAR E - 05 & 06/08/2006

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 08/07/2006, 12/08/2006



Communications Skills I/SEMINAR A - 12/08/2006

Communications Skills II/SEMINAR B - 13/08/2006

The Counselling Process - 01/07/2006

Counselling Therapies I/SEMINAR C - 19 & 20/08/2006

Counselling Therapies II/SEMINAR D -

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 29/07/2006



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 26/08/2006

Communication Skills II/SEMINAR B - 27/08/2006

The Counselling Process - 12/08/2006

Case Management/SEMINAR E - 01 & 02/07/2006

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 29/07/2006



Communication Skills I/SEMINAR A - 20/08/2006

The Counselling Process - 30/07/2006

Case Management/SEMINAR E - 15 & 16/07/2006

Counselling Applications/SEMINAR F - 06/08/2006




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