Diploma of Counselling

Diploma of Counselling (Level 6)

This is the second year of the Bachelor in Counselling and follows successful completion of the Certificate in Interpersonal Skills and placement readiness. The focus shifts to a supervised practicum. placement within an approved counselling setting combined with on-campus classes to develop students’ competence and confidence in the Person-centred counselling approach. Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice (At least 80 hours must be focussed on working with adults). Classes to deepen the students’ theoretical development are held weekly on Mondays.


A maximum of 4 years can be taken to achieve the two years of study culminating in the Diploma of Counselling


This year prepares students for work in allied counselling related fields but the degree is becoming the minimum standard to work as a counsellor with membership of the New Zealand Counselling Associations.


The Diploma in Counselling prepares students for admission to the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Counselling.

Counselling Diploma of Counselling

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Course at a Glance

Diploma of Counselling (Level 6)



Next Intake

19 February 2018

Course Length

1 Year full-time or 2 Years part-time

Course Info

Level: Level 6
Credits: 240 (120 will come from the pre-requisite Certificate in Interpersonal Skills)


Domestic: $5,995 - $749.30 per 15 credit paper
International fees: $16395.00 per year or $2049.00 per 15 credit paper

Main Employment Outcomes:

Counselling agencies
Community agencies
Church work


Level: 5
Credits: 240 (120 will come from the pre-requisite Certificate in Interpersonal Skills)




The Diploma of Counselling has a supervised practicum focus, combined with some on-campus classes, normally every Monday (and may include some block courses). Students complete a minimum of 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling practice within an approved setting (At least 80 hours must be focused on working with adults).

The on-campus classes complement the practical placement with a deepening theoretical development.




Core Papers

 - Person-Centred Counselling 2
 - Counselling Approaches 2
 - Supervised Professional Practice 1
 - Working with Contextual Issues
 - Cultural Competency for Counselling in Aotearoa NZ
 - Family, Relationship and Group Systems




Placement and Classes:

The Diploma of Counselling is placement based in an agency, where you will complete 100 face-to-face hours of counselling each year. The majority of our Diploma of Counselling students are full-time, although part-time study is also an option. The part-time option has specific requirements that you will need to discuss with the course coordinator at the campus you enrol at.

The placement can be near where you live, ideally in the area of counselling that you would like to specialise in.

You will also have classes on-campus to attend on two days each week. This means that you don't have to necessarily live in Hamilton or Christchurch for the Diploma of Counselling. You just need to be able to commute to classes, normally twice a week.

*The schedule is subject to change slightly each year, and may also include some block courses on top of the regular classes.



 - Certificate in Interpersonal Skills Level 5

All applicants must:

 - Be at least 24 years of age when the programme begins.
 - Complete a New Zealand Police Consent to Disclosure of Information. (International students must provide a Police check from their home country)
 - Provide evidence of good character and personal attributes via referee reports.
 - Provide evidence of ability to succeed at undergraduate study level. The application process requires applicants to submit two essays which will be evaluated for literacy and comprehension levels as well as the ability to clearly articulate original thought.
 - Attend an interactive group selection day and an individual interview as part of the application process.
 - Provide evidence of computer literacy. This will be evaluated during the selection process.


English Language

If English is not the applicant’s first language they will be required to provide evidence of English language skill. Credits in English-rich subjects from New Zealand educational institutions are also acceptable. If you have no evidence of your English language skills, contact us for an assessment.

For international students, an IELTS 7.0 (academic) with no individual band score lower than 6.5, or a recognised equivalent test will be required.


Discretionary Admission

In exceptional cases, domestic applicants who do not meet the general admission requirements, including age, may be considered for discretionary admission.




 - Counselling agencies
 - People helping in a variety of community agencies
 - Church work
 - Schools




Full-time and Part-time




Domestic Fees:
$5,995 - $749.30 per 15 credit paper

Fees listed are indicative only and may vary with course selection. Exact fees can be confirmed when you enquire or apply.

Click Here for Scholarship Information and documentation


International Fees
$16395.00 per year or $2,049.00 per 15 credit paper

International learners are required to pay additional costs to attend one of our courses or programmes. These additional costs include medical and travel insurance cover. Click Here for more information

Course related costs can be found in the Application costs tab




Downloadable documents are available here for further information or application forms:

Info booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Application booklet: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Course related costs: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Forms: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)

Police Vetting Guide: CLICK HERE (Downloadable PDF)