Chrysalis Level 3 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills (CERT CS.)

Chrysalis Level 3 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills (CERT CS.)

Course Length 6 Months Prince's Trust Level 3 Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills

This recognised counselling qualification is validated and quality checked by:

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The Certificate is the recommended starting point for all students wanting to change their life and become a counsellor.

Training to be a counsellor involves starting your journey with an introductory qualification in counselling skills. Our Level 3 Certificate is the perfect start and gives you a route to full professional training.

Our unique training provides enjoyable and insightful exercises, tutor-led discussions, and reflections to build your skills and self-awareness. This qualification is not only a first step to a counselling career but is also excellent professional development for anyone working in person-facing roles.

Choose this level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills course if you want to begin your journey to becoming a counsellor and be recognised for your therapeutic skills.


  • Gain a Level 3 Introductory Qualification in Counselling Skills (CERT CS.)
  • Registered successful candidates will receive an RQF Level 3 Certificate from The Prince’s Trust
  • Clear route to further training in professional counselling and higher education
  • Valuable CPD if you work in other people-facing professions such as social work, teaching, management, nursing, and healthcare
  • Route to membership of the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society, a Professional Standards Authority accredited register (subject to completion of further studies)
  • Part-time training designed to fit around your existing commitments.
  • Taught by experienced and qualified tutors who are practising registered therapists
  • 92 Guided Learning Hours


Course Length: 11 full one-day training days across 6 months

Three Components covered by a total of 92 Guided Learning Hours

Component 1: Introducing Counselling and Communication Skills

In this first component you are introduced to the counselling and communication skills developed by the counselling profession over many decades to assist people seeking help. These core skills include active listening, attending to body language, empathising, and learning how to communicate clearly to build trust and rapport.

Component 2: Developing self-understanding and the helping relationship

Empathy, unconditional positive regard, and congruence are the foundation of a strong and supportive helping relationship. This component focuses on the development of these core conditions alongside development of self. You'll achieve this through practical exercises and tutor led reflection and discussion.

Component 3: Developing a range of counselling skills

In this component you will learn and develop your range of skills . This will include selecting appropriate skills for the helpee and for the stage of helping. Ethics plays a vital role in counselling work and you explore key ethical concepts such as confidentiality, level of competency, and boundaries.

“I wanted to join the National Hypnotherapy Society, as it’s the only hypnotherapy organisation with a register approved by the Professional Standards Authority. I also want to train as a counsellor later on and I want my hypnotherapy training to count as part of that.”

Debbie StewartChrysalis Student

“In the current economic climate, I decided to take the advice of my friends and retrained in a recession”

Sandy MichaelsChrysalis Student

"As a former health professional, I was accepted, last year, to do a Degree in Counselling before realising the impact of the cost of the enormous Fees attached! This lead to my search for related course providers, hence Chrysalis, offering such value. Amazed & wishing I had been introduced to Hypnotherapy earlier as now it completely consumes me."

Mary AnneChrysalis Student


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