Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies
For those wanting to add counselling theory and skills to their health or education profession, the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies (PGCertCounSt) will provide the knowledge and practice to enhance your professional helping skills with a range of clients, students, or colleagues.
The PGCertCounSt is also an ideal pathway into applying for the Master of Counselling, a degree which enables graduates to obtain provisional membership with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).
To qualify for entry to the PGCertCounSt, students must have completed an Aotearoa New Zealand bachelor’s degree with a B Grade Point Average or higher in their 300-level courses, or equivalent, and been approved by the Dean of Education and Health Sciences.
If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.
For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies or use the admission requirements checker.
How to apply
You can apply online at myUC. Find out more about how to apply for graduate and postgraduate qualifications.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling studies includes 60 points of compulsory courses.
The Certificate can be completed in 1–2 years part-time.
Students will complete the following courses:
UC also offers a Master of Counselling for those wanting provisional membership with the New Zealand Association of Counsellors (NZAC).
While this Certificate naturally provides foundational knowledge and skills towards a career as a counsellor, graduates will also find their skills useful as nurse aides, and in areas such as community mental health providers, schools, rest homes, and services working with people with special needs.
Skills in counselling are also useful for other education, health, and civil service professions.
- Read what other UC postgraduate students have gone on to achieve in their studies and careers in our student and graduate profiles.
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See Tuition Fee Structure for more information
|2020||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$4,216|
|2021||60||Banded Fee - total tuition fee dependent on course selection||$4,262|
|2021||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$19,750|
|2022||60||Special (Set) Programme Fee||$20,000|
See more information about our Counselling programmes.
For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Studies.
For study planning help, contact our Student Advisor team.
For more information on facilities, resources, and staff, see Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora | College of Education, Health and Human Development.