Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy requires one of the following: 

  • An Australian Bachelors degree (AQF level 7) in a related discipline (e.g., teaching, social work, psychology or counselling) with a minimum weighted average mark of 60.  
  • An Australian Bachelors degree in any discipline, with a minimum weighted average mark of 60 AND relevant work experience, 
  • Please note, applicants undertaking this pathway may be asked to complete Cairnmillar’s Foundational and Intermediate counselling skills short courses, to establish a baseline competency and skill level. The need to undertake one or both short courses will be discussed in an Admissions Interview, should your application be progressed. 
  • A Diploma (AQF level 5) or Advanced Diploma (AQF level 6) AND at least one year of work experience in a relevant field. 

Documentation required in the application: 

  • Most recent academic transcript(s). 
  • A current Curriculum Vitae (resume). 
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g., passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate). 
  • Two references, preferably at least one academic, using the HODSPA reference system.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview with members of Cairnmillar’s academic faculty. This provides applicants an opportunity to discuss any questions they may have about the course.