Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills (CSK-L2)

At a glance information

Qualification Number 500/7938/4
Guided Learning Hours 90 hours (minimum)
Total Qualification Time 170 hours
Credit value 17
Minimum age 18 years


Successful candidates may progress onto the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies.

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This qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles.

This qualification is for:

  • Those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor
  • Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles
  • Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development.

This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles.

It provides an additional skills for those already in employment likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.

Entry requirements

No previous training or experience is required to undertake this qualification but please read section 5 of the Specification for further information.


This qualification is eligible for funding in England under local flexibility arrangements.

Candidates in England may also be able to access funding according to individual entitlement criteria (e.g. related to age and/or employment status and/or prior qualifications).

For more detail see funding information.

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Key documents

Candidate Guide Criteria Assessment sheet Tutor Guide Specification