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How Do I Become a Registered Counsellor? 

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The following are the minimum requirements for registration as a Registered Counsellor with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA): A four-year professional Bachelor of Psychology degree approved by the HPCSA, including a 720-hour practicum.

In South Africa, how long does it take to become a counselor?

A bachelor’s degree takes three years to complete, an honours degree takes one year, and a master’s degree in clinical, counseling, or research psychology takes two years (one-year of coursework and one-year internship).

What qualifications are required to work as a counsellor?

‘Your core practitioner training should include at least a diploma in counselling or psychotherapy at level 4, but it could also include a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or doctorate.’

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Your program should last at least one year full-time or two years part-time in a classroom setting.

Can I work as a counsellor without a degree?

A counsellor’s training consists of both theoretical and practical experience, but you do not need a degree to become one.

How long does it take to become a therapist?

Professional counsellor training lasts three to five years and can be obtained as a diploma or a degree. A minimum number of client hours obtained through a work placement is required for qualification. The training begins with an overview of counselling.

What do registered therapists do?

A registered counsellor offers short-term, supportive counselling as well as psycho-education and psychological assessments such as intellectual or scholastic abilities, aptitude, interests, career placement, and personality profiling.

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