This qualification is intended for candidates who have already acquired a recognised qualification in counselling skills and want to:

  • take the next step in training to become a counsellor
  • learn more about counselling theory, ethics and mental health
  • be prepared for work as a professional counsellor in an agency setting

This qualification leads to employment and increases employability for those whose role is to support others in sectors such as health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, and other helping roles. It provides additional skills for those already in employment and is likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement towards practitioner-level qualifications (TC-L4).

This qualification will enable successful candidates to work as skilled supporters within a range of job and career opportunities.

Entry requirements

You must have undertaken counselling skills training, e.g. our Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills or equivalent units/qualifications of at least 75 Guided Learning Hours.

Read section 5 of the Specification for further information.


Funding is not available for this qualification. 

Where to study Use our centre finder to find a 'Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3)' course.
Key Information Qualification Number 600/5104/8 Guided Learning Hours 90 hours (minimum) Total Qualification Time 196 hours Credit value 20 Minimum age 19 years
Successful learners may progress onto the Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.