Course Requirements

Course Length

The course is completed in 19 months, with attendance required at the 12 x 5 day face to face workshops held throughout the 19 months as well as weekly self-directed study of approximately 25 hours per week.

The 5 day workshops will occur from Monday through to Friday from 9- 4pm. All 60 days must be attended throughout the course.

Class sizes are kept small to ensure optimum learning environments and guarantee all students receive individualised, in-depth learning and support.

Course starting in May, 2020

1. May 25-29th, 2020

2. July 20-24th

3. Sept 7-11th

4. October 19-23rd

5. 23- 27th of  November

6. February 15-19th, 2021

7. March 22-26th

8. May 24-28th

9. July 12-16th

10. August 23-27th

11. September 6-10th

12. October 11-15th

Course Fee’s


Payment Plan:

Full time course: $1400 paid upon enrolment then 18 instalments of $700 per month.

Fee Information

The course fees include:

  • Tuition for course content

  • Learner guides

Entry criteria/ pre-requisites:

Students must demonstrate that they possess the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) required to meet the rigour of the course. Prospective students must be at least 21 years old and possess some knowledge, skills and experience relevant to the course.

Prospective students will complete a Pre-Training Review, incorporating LLN
assessment, during the application process. Each prospective student will participate in an evaluative interview either in person or over the phone, which is an integral part of his or her application.

On completion of the Pre Training Review and personal interview, Equine Assisted Therapy Australia will use the holistic information submitted to determine if the course is suitable for the applicant and whether it accommodates his or her learning needs.

Career Pathway

Graduates may progress onto:

Degree level courses in Counselling or related areas

Employment as a Counsellor, or a related role, in an established counselling agency, specialising in Equine Assisted Mental Health.


Training and assessment take place at our private facility in the picturesque Tallebudgera Valley, on the Gold Coast.


Equine Assisted Therapy Australia delivers the current version of this course. The Equine Assisted Mental Health Course consists of the CHC51015 Diploma of Counselling which includes 13 core units and 4 electives as indicated below:

CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship-  Core
CHCCSL002 Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills- Core
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process- Core
CHCCSL004 Research and apply personality and development theories- Core
CHCCSL005 Research and apply learning theories in counselling- Core
CHCCSL006 Select and use counselling therapies- Core
CHCCSL007 Support counselling clients in decision- making processes- Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically- Core
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations- Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people- Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety- Core
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management- Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice- Core
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk- Elective
CHCCCS024 Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder- Elective
CHCFAM003 Support people to improve relationships-Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues- Elective
It also includes the following 4 equine related units:
SISOEQU001 Handle horses
ACMEQU205  Apply knowledge of horse behaviour
SISOEQU010 Identify hazards, assess and control safety risks for horse handling and riding activities
SISOEQU007 Instructing horse handling skills

The course is made up of a total of 21 units of competency.

Students who successfully complete this qualification will receive the Diploma of Counselling CHC51015 plus a statement of attendance for the 4 equine handling units.

A Statement of attainment is provided to indicate units successfully completed if for some reason students do not successfully complete all units.


Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and includes practical activities and trials, written question and answers, case studies, and written assignments.






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