Certificate in Counselling Skills | Redlands Counselling and Training

CPCAB Level 2
Certificate in Counselling Skills

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Start Dates
15 Days
Wed or Thu
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 25 Sep 2024 to 22 Jan 2025
Thu 26 Sep 2024 to 23 Jan 2025
15 Days
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon 23 Sep 2024 to 20 Jan 2025
19 Days*
Mon or Wed
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon 2 Sep 2024 to 27 Jan 2025
Wed 4 Sep 2024 to 29 Jan 2025
* The remote delivery option includes 2 Saturdays

This CPCAB Level 2 certificate in counselling skills will provide a good foundation in the use of counselling skills, as part of ongoing training to become a counsellor. It can also improve empathic listening, useful in other roles and professions.

You will learn through a variety of learning activities including:

  • small and large group work
  • role plays
  • exercises
  • seminars

Students will be required to complete some course work outside class time (between 2-4 hours) and need to consider this commitment before embarking on the course.

Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

Reasonable adjustments are available to students who need them e.g. non-native English speakers or students with learning difficulties.

Course Requirements
Course Progression
Fees & Costs

This is an open access course i.e. no prior knowledge, attainment or experience is required for entry except that students need to be aged 18 years or older and need to meet generic and the specific CPCAB requirements outlined below.

Potential trainees must possess a level of literacy and numeracy that is sufficient for the programme concerned. Applicants should be aware that the qualification is not suitable for those who are currently in a state of severe emotional difficulty and/or severe psychological confusion, and that if this entry requirement is not adhered to, he/she will normally be asked to leave the training programme and seek professional support. This includes, for example, those:

  • Currently experiencing – without ongoing and appropriate professional support – a recent, major life crisis such as marital breakdown or a close bereavement.
  • Currently experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems including, for example, clinical depression, severe anxiety disorders, eating disorders, personality disorders or any form of psychosis.
  • Currently involved in substance misuse.


You need to be aware that the course involves experiential elements which will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal development activities. Where applicable, we would also advise applicants against joining the same training group as their partner or a close member of the family.

Subject to successful completion of the course and tutor recommendation, progression is to the CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies and thereafter to CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. The Diploma carries Open University (OU) Credits and can lead to an OU Foundation Degree in Counselling.


Course fees for the Academic year 2024/25 are:

Tuition fee:£850
(£800 if paid on or before 12th July 2024)

Plus CPCAB registration fee:
Currently £179 – TBC

Students will need to buy the course textbook – “Counselling Skills and Studies” by Fiona Ballantine Dykes, Barry Kopp, Traci Postings & Anthony Crouch, Published by Sage 2017, ISBN 978-1-4739-8099-0

This is available directly from CPCAB, as well as Amazon.co.uk and costs approximately £22.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the specific CPCAB guidelines?

Criteria considered important in selecting applicants for a programme leading to CSK-L2:

  • Able to cope with course content.
  • Possess the ability to translate intra-personal experience into language.
  • Able to benefit from self development.
  • Be motivated towards developing as a helper.
  • Possess emotional stability.
  • Identify reasons for training beyond just personal development.
  • 1 Personal Reference.
  • Be aware of the time resources required to meet demands of the course.

Awareness of difference and diversity.

What do the initials CPCAB stand for?

CPCAB stands for the Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body. This is the Body which awards the qualification to students who are assessed as proficient at the end of the course. CPCAB is the only national Awarding Body which specialises in counselling qualifications.

Am I required to be in counselling for this course?

You are not required to have counselling whilst you are on the course

If I have completed a Level 2 Counselling Skills course via distance learning, do I need to complete this course, or can I start directly on the Level 3 Counselling Studies course?

Although your distance learning course is a useful introductory course to counselling skills, it doesn’t fulfil the entry requirements for our CPCAB Level 3 Counselling Studies course. This is because the entry requirement for Level 3 is 90 hours of classroom (face to face or remote) live synchronous based counselling skills training. Distance learning courses don’t meet this requirement. Unless you have any other counselling skills training qualification, this Level 2 Counselling Skills course will be your first step in training with us.

Is there funding for the course, including the Advanced Learner Loan?

As Redlands is an independent training provider, our courses do not meet the criteria for the Advancer Learner Loan or other funding. For this reason, our learners are self-funded. We do have an early payment discount for this course, and the details and deadline for this is on the Fees and Costs section of the webpage.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments, or do you offer an early payment plan?

We do not offer a fees instalment plan; however we do have an early payment discount for this course, and the details and deadline for this are on the Fees and Costs section of the webpage.

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