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Qualification - Certificate in Careers Counselling

Course CodeVPS018
Fee CodeCT
Duration (approx)600 hours

Study Careers Counselling if you are interesting in helping people to make this important decision - what career they want!
  • Careers Counselling is an exciting field and studying this course could help you to work as a careers counsellor or improve your career prospects in your existing job.
  • If you would like to learn more, then this 600 hour self paced certificate could be the course for you!
  • There are THREE CORE modules of Careers Counselling, Life Coaching and Counselling Skills I.
  • You then choose THREE ELECTIVE modules from the list given below, which includes business, counselling and psychology courses.



Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Careers Counselling.
 Counselling Skills I BPS109
 Careers Counselling BPS202
 Life Coaching BPS305
Elective ModulesIn addition to the core modules, students study any 3 of the following 7 modules.
 Business Studies BBS101
 Counselling Skills II BPS110
 Introduction To Psychology BPS101
 Counselling Techniques BPS206
 Professional Practice In Counselling BPS207
 Business Coaching BBS304
 Professional Supervision BPS301

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Careers Counselling is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

More on the Core Modules
Counselling Skills I

There are 8 lessons in this course:

  1. Learning specific skills:
    • What is Counselling
    • Perceptions of Counselling
    • Differences between Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Clinical Psychologists and Psychiatrists
    • Counelling Theories
    • Empathy
    • Transferrence
    • Directiveness, non directiveness
    • Behavioural Therapies
    • Systematic Desensitisation
    • Positive Reinforcement and Extinction
    • Goals of Psychoanalytical Approach
    • Defense Mechanisms (Repression, Displacement, Rationalisation, Projection, Reaction Formulation, Intellectualisation, Denial, Sublimation)
    • Use of Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy
    • Psychoanalytic Techniques
    • Analytic Framework
    • Free Associations
    • Interpretation
    • Dream Analysis
    • Resistance & Transferance
    • Humaniustic Therapy
    • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Therapies and Counsellors
    • Case Studies
    • Methods of Learning
    • Micro Skills
    • Triads
    • Modelling
    • Online and Telephone Counselling
    • Telemental Health
    • Clinical Considerations
  2. Listening & bonding:
    • Scope of Listening and Bonding
    • Meeting and greeting
    • Creating a Safe Environment
    • Location
    • Time and Duration of Sessions
    • Privacy in Telephone and online counselling
    • Showing warmth on the phone
    • The contract
    • Helping the client relax
    • Listening with intent
    • Minimal Responses
    • Non Verbal Behaviour
    • Use of Voice
    • Use of Silense
    • Case Studies
    • Active Listening
    • Dealing with Silent Phone Calls
  3. Reflection:
    • Non Directive Counselling
    • Paraphrasing
    • Feelings
    • Reflection of Feeling
    • Client Responses to Reflection of Feelings
    • Reflection of Content and Feeling
    • Case Studies
  4. Questioning:
    • Open & Closed Questions
    • Other types of Questions (Linear, Information seeking, Strategic, Reflectivew, Clarification, etc)
    • Questions to Avoid
    • Goals of Questioning
    • Identification
    • Assessment
    • Intervention
    • Case Studies
  5. Interview techniques:
    • Summarising
    • Application
    • Confrontation
    • Reframing
    • Case Studies
    • Perspective
    • Summary
  6. Changing beliefs and normalising:
    • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
    • Changing Self-Destructive Beliefs
    • Irrational Beliefs
    • Normalising
    • Case Studies
    • Designing a Questionnaire
  7. Finding solutions:
    • Moving Forward
    • Choices (Reviewing, Creating, Making choices)
    • Facilitating Actions
    • Gestalt Awareness Circle
    • Psychological Blocks
    • Case Study
  8. Ending the counselling:
    • Terminating the session
    • Closure
    • Further Meetings
    • Dependency
    • Confronting Dependency
    • Chronic Callers
    • Terminating Silent Phone Calls
    • Silent Endings
    • Case Study
    • Other Services

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

 Careers Counselling

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction ...Scope & Nature of the Industry
    • Definitions: career, careers counselling, counselling
    • Broad employment options
    • Services offered in the employment industry
    • Assmptions about career counselling practices
    • Cross cultural careers counselling
  2. Nature of Careers ...What is a career, what makes it successful?
    • Introduction
    • Elements of career building and job seeking
    • Factors contributing to career success
    • Realistic expectations
    • Range of options
    • Persistence
    • Case study
  3. Careers Advice Resources ...Brochures, Publications, Web Sites
    • Employer considerations: qualifications, experience,personality, age, adaptability, productivity, etc
    • Case study
  4. Career Services ....Where can people get help (Social Services, Work Experience, Education)
    • Career counselling services
    • Careers and vocational guidence
    • Vocational planning
    • Setting goals
    • Job seeking supportJob seeking strategies
    • Other services
  5. Developing Counselling Skills
    • Key areas for career counselling
    • Helping clients focus on reality
    • Helping clients identify opportunities
    • Helping clients consider all elements
    • Overcoming resistance from clients
    • Listening skills
    • Questioning skills
    • Problem solving skills
    • Essential reality checks
    • Improving clients predictive ability
  6. Conducting a Counselling Session
    • Why people come to a career counsellor
    • Strategies to develop trust
    • A career counselling session
    • Individuals who know the job they want
    • Psychometric testing for individuals still choosing a career
    • Types of psychological tests that may be used
    • Referring people elsewhere
  7. Counselling Students and School Leavers (with little work experience)
    • Understanding youth
    • Career counselling for adolescents
    • Assisting indecisive teenagers
    • Career counselling for students
    • Giving advice on study
    • Choosing a course
    • Workshops for students
    • Workshops for university students
    • Resources for counselling students
  8. Counselling Adults (inexperienced or facing career change)
    • Identifying adult needs The training program
    • Advice and support during job hunting
    • Course of action
    • Career changing
    • Easiest paths to career change
    • Challenging path to career change
    • Starting a business
    • Case study
    • Writing a business plan
  9. Job Prospecting
    • Ways of finding work
    • Supporting clients decisions
    • Prospecting for work
    • Tips on getting a job
    • Writing resumes (CV's)
    • Preparing for a job interview
  10. Nurturing and growing a career once it has started
    • Getting a job is only the first step in a career
    • Self management for business people
    • Marketing and pricing
    • Case study
    • Advising clients about career advancement

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.

Life Coaching

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Introduction: Nature & scope of life coaching - Nature of life coaching, cognitive behaviour therapy, different approaches, the scope of life coaching.
  2. Individual Perception - Psychology of self-perception, perceptual barriers, motivating clients to challenge their perceptions,
  3. A Well Balanced Life - The inter-relationship between psychology and physiology, stress, the psychology of balance
  4. Coaching Processes - Key coaching processes, assessment of the client's situation, dealing with emotions, setting goals, replacing negative habits with positive ones, leadership qualities in a life coach, imagination and enthusiasm, clarifying goals, recognition of limitations.
  5. Coaching Skills -Understanding the communication process, body language, communication barriers, listening skills, assessing learning styles.
  6. Coaching and physical well-being - Human nutrition, important factors in nutrition, physical well-being.
  7. Coaching and psychological well-being - The psychology of self-esteem, stress management programme, identifying stressors.
  8. Coaching Success - High achievement, coaching success, career guidance, managing your money, beginning a business.
  9. Goal Setting - Values, aims and goals, types of goals, planning, future goals, steps for sucessful goal achievement, effort and attribution.
  10. Review and Adjustment - Indications that a programme needs to be reassessed, client's lack of confidence, personality clash, over-achievers, health and safety issues,

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.



All humans have a basic desire to have their emotional needs met, one way to do this is by finding a vocation which reflects their individual personality and gives them a way to identify with others and become ‘somebody’. By doing this, individuals find a sense of ‘self’ as well as, recognition within the community, and with peers.

During their search for recognition, some adolescents are strongly motivated to make career choices that will provide them with self-fulfillment and that coincide with their values and belief systems. Not all students will be motivated to find a suitable vocation, however, using no rational or thoughtful methods for choosing a vocation at all, perhaps just falling into a position and realising later that they need to reassess their goals, aspirations and desires in order to change their self-created circumstances. 

There are a number of theories on vocational development;

Ginzberg’s Compromise with Reality Theory

This states that vocational choice occurs over a long period of time and involves a number of sub-decisions that add together to form an individuals vocational choice. This theory has three distinct stages; fantasy stage (up to 11 yrs of age), tentative stage (11 to 17 yrs of age ) and the realistic stage (17+ yrs).

Holland’s Occupational Environmental Theory

This states that people choose their vocations according to their personality types, when these aspects are in balance people are more likely to remain in the field chosen. There are six distinct personality types identified by Holland; realistic, conventional, intellectual, social, enterprising and artistic.

Gati’s Sequential Elimination Model

This has been developed more recently is based on decision making theories. This theory has two main phases; pre-screening and in-depth analysis. This theory considers individual interests, abilities and values.

What Research Reveals

Studies undertaken in secondary schools have found that many factors influence choices made by adolescents. (including: personality type, gender, intelligence, aptitude, individual interest, job opportunities, salary, prestige and socio-economic status, parents and peers). Parents for example tend to exert strong influences on career choice, as they are role models for their children, and may consciously or unconsciously affect choices their children make, by encouraging or discouraging such things as hobbies, interests, playmates and schooling opportunities and expectations.

Teachers and school personnel can help or hinder the career choices made by students through their use of constructive or non-constructive criticism of a student’s knowledge and skills. 

In today's world, research is showing that people are changing careers several times over their working lives. This is another significant factor which may or may not come into play increasingly over time.

Finding a vocation is becoming increasingly difficult as society becomes more complicated and transient in nature. Adolescents need to make rational and well thought out decisions when considering options for the future and their career. Seeking the advice of professionals and taking time to reflect on their own personal values and interests when deciding on a vocation which stimulates and accentuates their best attributes.



Enrol Now and Find out more about the exciting and rewarding career of Careers Counselling.
Help people to make important decisions about their lives.
Improve your own job and career prospects along the way.

Meet some of our academics

Lyn QuirkM.Prof.Ed.; Adv.Dip.Compl.Med (Naturopathy); Adv.Dip.Sports Therapy Over 30 years as Health Club Manager, Fitness Professional, Teacher, Coach and Business manager in health, fitness and leisure industries. As business owner and former department head for TAFE, she brings a wealth of skills and experience to her role as a tutor for ACS.
Tracey JonesWidely published author, Psychologist, Manager and Lecturer. Over 10 years working with ACS and 25 years of industry experience. Qualifications include: B.Sc. (Hons) (Psychology), M.Soc.Sc (social work), Dip. SW (social work), PGCE (Education), PGD (Learning Disability Studies).

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