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NATIONAL DIPLOMA in Counselling (Level 6) from Otago Polytechnic

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Phone: 0800 762 786

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National Diploma Level 6
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What can I learn during this qualification?

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What can I expect out of this qualification?

The National Diploma in Counselling (Level 6) leads on from the National Certificate in Social Services (Level 4) [Ref: 0250] and the National Certificate in Iwi/Maori Social Services (Level 4) [Ref: 0666].

This National Diploma provides recognition of the level of competence, knowledge, and skills required for counselling at a professional level in a wide range of settings, in statutory and voluntary agencies and organisations, and in private practice. People awarded the National Diploma in Counselling (Level 6) are able to work in the social services industry under professional supervision, with a considerable degree of autonomy and accountability for achieving outcomes as a professional counsellor. They are able to establish and maintain working relationships with people from user groups of the social services, and provide or facilitate the provision of counselling and related services. They are able to work within a framework for counselling practice at a professional level informed by knowledge and skills in the application and implementation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the social services. They practice according to ethical and legislative boundaries, and demonstrate an integrated practice theory for counselling.

The National Diploma in Counselling (Level 6) is designed as a basic professional qualification for those people who are seeking employment in the social services as a Counsellor. There is some overlap between this diploma and the National Diploma in Youth Work (Level 6) [Ref: 0670], the National Diploma in Iwi/Maori Social Services (Level 6) [Ref 0667], the National Diploma in Community Work (Level 6) [Ref: 0987], and the National Diploma in Social Work (Level 6) [Ref: 0989].

What jobs can I do with this qualification?

Community Worker, Counsellor, Workplace Relations Adviser and Psychologist

Scholarships for this qualification

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation Scholarships

Barbara Wood Memorial Foundation - The Secretary
Up to $1,000.00 depending on the need and cost of the course being undertaken.


Community Waikato Annual Scholarship

Community Waikato
Usually between $500 and $1,000.


Otago Polytechnic training provider details

Main Campus Office

Free phone: 0800 762 786    Phone: (03) 477 3014    Fax: (03) 471 6870    Email: info@op.ac.nz    Web: http://www.otagopolytechnic.ac.nz

Other locations


Forth Street


Molyneux Avenue


Frances Street


Level 2
350 Queen Street
Auckland City

View other courses available through Otago Polytechnic

Source: New Zealand Qualifications Authority (www.nzqa.govt.nz)