This course is accredited and validated by the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB). CPCAB is the only Ofqual-approved awarding body specialising in counselling.

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​Who is the course for?

This qualification is for candidates who want to:

  • Take the next step in training to become a counsellor (having already acquired counselling skills).
  • Learn more about counselling theory and agency work.

This qualification will enable candidates to:

  • ​Prepare to work within an ethical framework.
  • Understand the counselling relationship.
  • Understand difference and diversity issues to develop empathic understanding.
  • Understand theories of counselling and mental health.

​Successful completion of the Level 3 Certificate can lead to the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling or Level 4 Diploma in Life Coaching.

​​The certificate does not enable the candidate to practise counselling professionally

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have achieved a Level 2 qualification in counselling or a related subject, or equivalent.

Methods of Assessment

Assessment is through production of a portfolio evidencing achievement of the 7 learning outcomes/goals, and 75 minute external written exam.

Client hours required: None

14th September for 30 weeks



Enrolment deadline: 1 September 2023