Hi Greer A. The Diploma of Counselling (CHC51015) is a recognised qualification, and you can obtain employment if you successfully complete the course, although many employers prefer higher qualifications. Many diploma graduates go into private practice; this can be achieved through joining a professional body such as the ACA as a level 1 member, and taking out professional indemnity insurance (also available through ACA). Further study and obtaining a higher qualification, such as a bachelor degree, is always desirable at some later stage. The diploma is the entry level for those who wish to obtain a counselling qualification. I hope this information helps.