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Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills


The course focuses on the theoretical concepts and skills needed as the foundation for beginning client work experience within a counselling agency setting. This is a practical course with an emphasis on learning through doing (experiential), which will give you the opportunity to practise counselling skills, and to prepare for supervised work with clients. This course aims to prepare trainees to use a professional and ethical framework within a counselling setting, gain an understanding of the counselling relationship, understand diversity issues, increase self-awareness, develop an understanding of the counselling process, and prepare to use supervision. Some of the theoretical aspects covered on this course include Person-Centred, Existential, Psychodynamic, and Cognitive-Behavioural counselling.


Trainees will complete this course with a comprehensive and full understanding of the following:

How to identify, practise and develop a range of interpersonal and counselling skills

The main theoretical approaches to counselling


What next

Successful completion of this course leads to L4 Diploma in Therapetic Counselling (LARS Reference 50092534), that gives the individual a qualified counsellor’s status.

Entry Requirements

To study on the Counselling Skills Certificate Level 3, you need to have successfully completed the Counselling Concepts Level 2 course or undertaken relevant counselling skills training. Relevant work experience will also be considered for entry onto the course, for example, teaching, working in care or social work. Suitability will be assessed through an interview.

You need to be able to commit to the 90% attendance requirement on this course. At the start of the course you will be given a student handbook which sets out in detail all the information you need to successfully complete your qualification.


Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills aims to:  

is the improved performance of those who use counselling skills

develop a range of counselling skills at a consistent level

underpin these skills with an understanding of one major  therapeutic model 

increase the self-awareness of the person and their awareness of the impact that they have on people.

Structure and Content of the Qualification:

Unit Title

1    T/601/7567 – Understanding the context for the use of counselling skills. 

2     R/601/7575 – Understanding counselling theory

3     K/601/7579 – Using counselling skills

4     K/601/7582 – Personal development for users of counselling skills


Your work is measured against specific criteria set out by ABC Awards

Internally assessed, internally and externally moderated via trainee’s portfolio and other related evidence. 

All four units must be passed with 18 credits to successfully achieve the qualification.