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Certificate in Counselling (Quality Checked by NCS)

This very popular entry level, part-time counselling course is taught over 12 days and is available to study in either Exeter (Devon) or Poole (Dorset).  It
is Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS).

  • There are no pre-requisites for attending this course - everyone is welcome!
  • It provides a high quality training that aims to immerse you into the world of counselling and to leave you with a deeper understanding of yourself, the healing aspects of relationship and how to support vulnerable others.
  • Participants in a range of professional roles attend this course, wishing to employ more advanced relational and counselling skills at work and therefore enhance their roles; people also attend for personal development purposes. 
  • The Certificate in Counselling course does not in itself qualify participants as a counsellor, and does not provide academic ‘levels’.

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This course is Quality Checked by the National Counselling Society (NCS):

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Professional Development Offer:
All Certificate in Counselling graduates who enroll on the Foundation Degree (FdA) in Integrative Counselling or Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling will be given 3 FREE Study Skills Sessions and 3 FREE CPD Days for each complete year of study.* 

Course Details

Key features:

  • This course allows you to gain your Certificate in Counselling in one 12-day programme.
  • Designed to offer an overview of humanistic approaches and therapeutic models, and provide preliminary training in the use of counselling skills.
  • Students learn through interactive lectures and group discussion, which will include reflection on personal growth and experience of life. Experiential exercises and skills work are integrated throughout the course.
  • The course is delivered face to face. 
  • Available to study in Exeter or Poole, either as a weekday (weekly) course or as a weekend (monthly) course.


No prior knowledge of counselling is required for this course.

Applicants should, however, feel that they possess a maturity to reflect on their own development as a person, and should have an interest in and desire to learn about counselling.

If you are interested in this course, you may wish to first book onto one of our Open Days or Open Evenings to find out more.

How to apply:

You can apply by submitting the following documents and items:

  • A completed Entry Level Courses application form (available to download from 'Download' section of this web page).
  • Your £350 Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) to reserve your place (see the 'Fees' tab for further information).

Application documents can be submitted by email to

Please note: we are only accepting correspondence by email or phone throughout the coronavirus situation. 

Successful applicants will be offered a place on the course once all of the above application documents have been received and the Enrolment Deposit paid. 

Final application date

The deadline for applications is 4 weeks before the start of the course.  A decision will be made on whether the course will run, based on confirmed and accepted places, 4 weeks before the start date of the course.  Any applications received after the 4 week deadline will only be processed at the discretion of the Programmes Lead. 

Please note: Completion of this course does not provide a route to registration with the National Counselling Society (NCS) and detailed individual applications to NCS are required for this purpose, where applicable.
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Enrolment Deposit (Non-Refundable) - £350.00


What our Students Say

“My experience with the iron Mill was the best decision in my life, I would rate the IMI 10/10. I'm not saying it was easy, especially starting a new career at the age of 50, but I got through with a lot of hard work and dedication. Our tutors were an inspiration during the four years. Since I got my Diploma I have been so busy counselling, only last week I was offered another new job, it's amazing.”
Elisabeth Bartlett - Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling Graduate

What our Students Say

"I learned more about myself on this course, than in 7 years of psychotherapy and made some good new friends too. Stimulating, challenging, and enjoyable course."
Certificate in Counselling Graduate
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