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Diploma in Counselling


Our IACP-recognised Diploma in Counselling is a professional qualification and fulfils one of the core requirements of the accreditation process of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).This is also the base level entry qualification for application to our BSc (Hons) Counselling & Psychotherapy course.

Why train with us?

Cork Counselling Services Training Institute is a professional place, with a supportive and creative atmosphere. Our training courses provide a unique and exciting way to find out who you are, learn effective skills and become a competent counsellor.

We provide a supportive and exciting training environment which offers

  • Accredited since 1996 – the longest accredited IACP programme in the country
  • The possibility to train for a new career while maintaining your current employment
  • One of the core requirements for accreditation with the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • The option to bring your Certificate to Diploma and your Diploma to Degree (BSc (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy, accredited by Coventry University)
  • Training workshops divided between Cork, Kerry and Clonmel
  • An experiential and applied approach so that learning is lived and practiced rather than staying solely academic
  • A link to an established counselling practice so that current clinical issues remain to the fore in training
  • The opportunity to complete your placement either at Cork Counselling Services in Cork City or at approved venues nationwide
  • Access to clients presenting with a wide range of issues
  • Highly qualified trainers both from Ireland and abroad, all of whom are practising counsellors working within recognised codes of ethics and professional practice
  • A unique opportunity to reclaim joy, wonder, and creativity in your life with space and attention given to fun and celebration
  • Deliberately small group sizes allowing for individual attention, group cohesion and the potential for building friendships

How to apply:


We expect our applicants to have successfully completed a Foundation in Counselling Skills Course and to have experience of personal development. Candidates who have completed other types of courses or modes of study must apply to have their learning accredited by our Training Team. Please download our Application for Accreditation of Prior Learning here.

Based on this application, individuals will be invited to attend individual interviews.
Selected candidates are then invited to a group interview.
Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course. Responsibility for final selection rests solely with the Training Team.