Course information


Provider: Irish College of Humanities and Applied Sciences (ICHAS)

Address: Walton House, Lonsdale Road, National Technology Park, Castletroy, Limerick


Contact: Administration offices



Telephone: 061 216 288

Category C : Courses leading to a professional or academic qualification (NFQ level 6 and higher)

t serves as an excellent introduction to the area of counselling and teaches general counselling skills that will benefit people in both their personal and professional lives. This programme is suitable for those who wish to study both Counselling and Psychotherapy at a foundational level, either to support existing roles or as a point of initial discovery as to whether or not a Major Award might be something that they wish to pursue.


The overall aims of the Certificate in Foundational Skills & Competence in Counselling & Psychotherapy are to:

  • Provide quality assured undergraduate Minor Award in Counselling and Psychotherapy related skills and competence for students who seek to develop foundational level knowledge and competence in counselling related skills
  • Commence an educational journey with a view to subsequent study in programmes that would lead to eligibility for professional accreditation.
  • Provide a programme that, through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary engagement, models best evidence-informed skills in the fields of Counselling which is well informed by psychotherapeutic theories.
  • Demonstrate heightened awareness of theoretical and applied practices in Counselling related fields.
  • Enable students to employ foundational counselling competencies by creating and modelling learning opportunities where learners can participate successfully within the context of their own strengths and abilities.
  • Provide opportunities to engage in personal reflection to enhance knowledge and greater awareness of the competencies required for professional practice.
  • Provide access routes to major awards in Higher Education in counselling related areas.
Target Group

The Programme is designed for learners who wish to learn fundamental skills and competencies in counselling & psychotherapy practice. The certificate is an ideal introduction to the world of counselling and psychotherapy, offering participants the opportunity to explore this growing profession in Ireland.

Entry Requirement

The knowledge, skills, and competence required to successfully participate in and complete the Programme are outlined below:

  • All applicants must be over 18 years of age.
  • Applicants will be required to have basic IT literacy, skills, and competence,
  • For non-native speakers of English, a C score in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) or an equivalent IELTS score of 6.0 is required.
Certificate in Foundational Skills & Competence in Counselling & Psychotherapy – QQI Level 6 (20 ECTS)
  • Utilises “Blended Learning”
  • Benchmarked against European Association of Counselling Training Standards (2015)
  • Designed for learners who wish to develop their counselling and psychotherapy skills for both personal and professional development.
  • Successful completion of this programme means the participant will have completed 20 ECTS on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Dates / Availability
October for 10 weeks
Available at Dublin and Limerick campuses.
Please contact our administration office on 061 216288, or apply online.
Course fees are €1,250 which is payable in full in advance of course commencement. Payment can be made by PayPal or EFT.