Higher Certificate In Community Counselling
(122 / 124 Credits)


This programme aims to train and equip lay counsellors to be knowledgeable and effective in making a difference in the mental health and well-being of individuals in a variety of settings, including churches, schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and faith-based organisations (FBOs).

Programme Coordinator

Nick Hardwick is the Higher Certificate in Community Counselling Programme Coordinator. Nick has been part of the institution for many years, finishing his Bachelors degree and Honours degree (Cum Laude) at Cornerstone, as well as working as a part-time tutor for the Psychology Department. He joined the full-time staff in 2015 and believes that at Cornerstone, students really do “learn to change the world”.

Admission Requirements

A National Senior Certificate or National Certificate Vocational.
Matriculation Certificate or equivalent.
Mature age of 45 years will be admitted by the RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) conditions and the results of the National Benchmark Test (NBT).

Time Commitment

One year full-time
18 months to two years part-time
No evening classes
On campus
January and July intakes

Tuition Cost (click here )



Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology

Community Counselling

HIV/AIDS Counselling
Counselling Modalities
Crisis Counselling
Youth Issues
Community and Mental Health Issues
SA History and Society (for those with an NSC bachelor pass)

Family Studies

Conflict Resolution
Family and Development
Life Skills
Personal Development

Information Skills

Research and Study Skills
Academic Skills and English (for those with an NSC Certificate/Diploma pass)
Computer Skills

Please click here for module descriptions and credits.


Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006; NQF 5; SAQA ID 96413.