The course will be funded under the non-preapproved PCG route for VWOs.

UPCOMING INTAKE:  1 July 2024 to 26 May 2025
Application Deadline: 25 March 2024


The Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice course aims to equip social service professionals with the knowledge and skills essential to competent counselling. Its distinctive feature is that more than 50% of course time is devoted to clinical practice under supervision thereby giving social service professionals the opportunity to hone their clinical skills. It also promotes professional development and personal growth of the participants.This course is fully recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) as a course that prepares individuals to be Registered Counsellors in Singapore.

Learning Outcomes

This course enables participants to:
1. Grasp the concepts and theories of counselling.
2. Describe, discriminate and demonstrate core counselling skills.
3. Utilise the Problem-Solving Approach as a practice model.
4. Understand how to work with specific client groups and issues.
5. Enhance competency in counselling practice through live supervision and consultation of their clinical work.


300 hours (part-time), 11 months.


Classes are held on Mondays. The course is full day, initially from 9am to 5.30pm for the first 10 weeks, and gradually progressively adjusted such that the classes will be from 10:30am to 8:30pm by the beginning of the second semester. The course comprises of the two main components of theory and supervised clinical practice, covered in the following modules.


Course Modules Trainers
1. Counselling Concepts and Theories Andrew Chong, Cheryl Lim, Elysia Tan, Goh Xin Ying, Lim Li Zhen, Terence Tan,
Tremandy Ng
2. Working with Specific Client Groups & Issues Andrew Chong, Charlotte Chen, Dr. Ang Xinying, Dr. Chua Wei Bin, Foo Soo Jen, Lim Li Zhen, Tremandy Ng, Tony Ong
3. Counselling Skills and Supervised Practice Andrew Chong, Elysia Tan, Goh Xin Ying, Lim Li Zhen, Steven Soh, Tremandy Ng

Minimum Class Size: 15

Average Teacher-Student Ratio:  1:6

Teaching and Learning Strategies

We are planning for the lectures of July 2023 intake to be conducted in our premises.

Group supervision will be conducted in small groups in our premises as well. Each group will be assigned with a supervisor for interactive and experiential learning such as group discussions, reflective exercises, audio/video-taped demonstration of clinical work and supervised practice of clinical work.


Applicants should:
1. Be at least 23 years old and be proficient in English
2. Possess a degree in Counselling, Psychology or Social Work and/or post graduate diploma in Social Work or Counselling
3. Have acquired at least 2 years working experience involving formal counselling work

Methods of Assessment

Written assignments, project paper, written examination, clinical viva, clinical supervisor’s assessment.

Assessment Schedule

Written examination is held on the 2nd week of January, which is the 1st day of the 2nd semester

Clinical Viva is held on the 2nd week of May, which is the end of the 2nd semester.
Submission of project paper by the course end date.

Requirements for Completion

Trainees should:
1. Attain attendance of at least 80% of total 300 course hours.
2. Obtain a pass grade (scoring 50% and above) for each of the three components,  namely, the written examination, clinical evaluation and project paper.
3.  Submit 100-hour log of counselling work at agency of practice.
4. Fulfil required number of sessions for individual supervision and personal tape  reviews.
5. Submit all written coursework.

2024/2025 Intake

 JULY 2024
Date of commencement 1 July 2024
Date of completion 26 May 2025

Documents for Application

Submission of the following supportive documents is required for processing of the application:
1. CV
2.  Educational qualifications and highest English language proficiency (with grades  attained, if applicable)
3. Letter of reference from the home agency/ Employer 
4.  Personal statement – A letter of introduction not exceeding 500 words on your  reasons and/or experiences that have shaped your desire to apply for this course of  study


  •  Applicants will be notified via email within 7 days from the closing date of application  if they have been shortlisted for an interview.
  • The interview dates are 16 April to 26 April 2024. Applicants will be notified via email  within 14 working days after the end of interview period if they are accepted to the  course. 

How to Apply

Please submit the Training Application Form when the applications are open. Please submit the Training Application Form using the following  link:

Kindly refer to our website for updates of the closing date. 


For further information, please submit your enquiries using the Contact Us form. Please remember to mention the name of the course you are enquiring for.

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