Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice

Designed for professionals who require a qualification to continue working or to gain new employment in the counselling sector. Develop counselling skills under supervision in real situations.

What you will learn

  • Critically evaluate the philosophies, skills and approaches that underpin effective counselling
  • Analyse and evaluate the unique issues presented by different cultural groups
  • Practise ethically and collaboratively
  • Integrate counselling theories into practice
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Programme requirements

Students will be required to engage in:

Professional Supervision
At a cost of between $50 - $120 per hour

  • 15 hours of professional supervision

Personal Counselling
At a cost of between $80 - $120 per hour

  • 10 hours of personal counselling 

Work placement requirements

You must arrange an appropriate practicum placement before commencing the programme. Before an interview can be arranged, we must receive written confirmation from your placement agency that they will be your work placement during your term of study (this can either be via email or a written letter). You must complete 100 hours of face-to-face supervised counselling experience.

If you do not have access to clients, it is recommended that you contact our work placement coordinator and work with them to secure a placement before beginning the programme.

Entry criteria

Under 20

Bachelor degree in health or social services. Or equivalent personal, practical, professional or educational experience.

You also need a few other things:

  • Interview – to assess whether you have appropriate life experience and your likelihood of success on the programme
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two personal referees
  • Personal statement and health declaration
  • Police check (completed annually)

Please note: This qualification is not open to graduates of WelTec’s Bachelor of Counselling.


If you’re 20 years or over, contact us to see if you qualify for special admissions on our programmes.

What it will cost


  • Fee: $6,384

    For part-time fees, contact a Student Advisor. 

  • Student services fee: $220

    Your student fee is included in your course fees. It is not billed separately. Amount shown is based on full year study. More details.

This programme qualifies for student loans and allowances. More details


  • Fee to be confirmed

Where will my course be?

The Wellington CBD campus is at 11-17 Church Street, Wellington.

Read more about our Wellington CBD campus.

There’s a drop-in session every lunchtime with our learning advisors. Just come along, no need to make an appointment.
Fiona, Learning Commons

Ready to enrol?


Applying online is easy and takes only about 10 minutes.

You will need a few details:

  1. An email address you check regularly.

  2. The phone number of someone willing to be your emergency contact.

  3. Your date of residency if you are a permanent resident in NZ.

If you have your NZQA National Student Number and/or a WelTec Student ID it will help us process your application faster.


To enrol as a international student you will need to download and complete our international enrolment form.

Once completed, you may submit the form and accompanying documentation directly to WelTec International, or go through one of our registered recruitment agents.

There’s a drop-in session every lunchtime with our learning advisors. Just come along, no need to make an appointment.
Fiona, Learning Commons