Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Guided Learning Hours

90 hours (minimum)

This part-time course is intended for candidates who want to learn how to use counselling skills within an ethical framework for providing helping, mentoring, care planning, teaching, pastoral and other forms of support work in either a voluntary or employed situation.

You will be introduced to the Person Centred approach (Carl Rogers) to counselling and to the ‘Skilled Helper’ (Gerard Egan) integrative model. You will build on your knowledge and counselling skills practice with tutor guidance, peer feedback and evaluation.

Our success rates for all courses are ‘outstanding’ at 95% to 100%, and consistently over the last 12 years performed well above national benchmarks.

Programme activities:
  • Theory seminars, demonstrations, discussion and group work.
  • Personal development and experiential work.
  • Six sessions of peer helping work carried out in class – note that skills practice sessions involve participation with some personal disclosure.
  • Tutor and peer assessed skills practice
  • Weekly Learning Review of two pages per week
  • Self review
  • Tutorials
Time on coursework

Allow at least 3 hours outside the course time to do the weekly learning review and assignments related to the course

Reading for the course:

Counselling Skills & Studies: F B Dykes, De Winter, T Postings, A Crouch: Sage
First Steps in Counselling Practice: by Pete Sanders. PCCS


Tutor assessment of candidate portfolio evidencing minimum assessment & criteria requirements.

External assessment:

Candidates complete an Assessment Paper within a one week designated time frame. This is sent to CPCAB for assessment. Note that candidates must pass both the External Assessment and the Internal Assessment to achieve the award.

Candidates must have sufficient writing skills to undertake the written course work and assessment requirements of this course. GCE or GCSE English grade C, or at least Level 1 or preferably Level 2 English written and oral skills.

We require a reference from an employer, tutor, or from a professional person to comment on your suitability for this type of course.

Successful completion of this course will give you eligibility for entry on to the Certificate in Counselling Studies (CST-L3). Progression is subject to a satisfactory course tutor reference and interview.

Part time September to February or February/March to July depending on venue. Day or evening times are available depending on venue.

Progression to Level 3 follows on same day and time from September or February depending on sequence – refer to prospectus for further information.

Dates and times: Part time day or evening, September to February or February to July courses available depending on venue.

There are two options:

1. Day – 9.30am to 2.45pm
2. Evening – 5.15pm to 10.00pm

Please note that CPTA is an independent training provider and does not have the benefit of any government subsidy or student loans for course fees. There are instalment options available for Course fees.