Counselling Skills Diploma

Counselling Skills Diploma

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Become a Counselling Therapist

Welcome to our online educational platform, catering to post-secondary students in the pursuit of expanding their academic horizons. We offer a comprehensive Counselling Skills Diploma program, which you can embark on at any point throughout the year.

This mostly self-paced online program is approved by the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists (ACCT)  to the Registered Therapeutic Counsellor (RTC) level.

Our Counselling Skills program is 8 months and 770 hours and can be completed online at your own pace. The program fee is $9700.00, with interest-free payment plans available. Books are an additional $900.00 Detailed Course Outlines

We have recently transitioned to using Moodle, the world’s most widely used learning platform trusted by institutions such as the London School of Economics, State University of New York, Microsoft, and the Open University.

Our Associations with other Schools and Groups


As an Associate School with ACCT, Orca Institute is offering this program to meet ACCT’s RTC (Registered Therapeutic Counsellor) membership requirements.

We recommend that our graduate students become members of ACCT.

ACCT Membership Benefits

  • Client’s Private extended medical insurance plan coverage (depending on plan and company)
  • Be well-positioned for possible Counsellor Regulation in BC and other non-regulated provinces.
  • Qualifies members to advertise in Psychology Today and Counselling BC.

Gratify Student Loans

Perfect for those who choose not to or cannot qualify for a Canada Student loan and would prefer to pay over 8 months at a small fee of 4% of the Total Tuition.

OTG Students

We are excited to announce our collaboration with Opening to Grace Training, which allows OTG graduates to receive training recognition and course exemptions towards our Counselling program.

Canadian Armed Forces Funding

Did you serve in the Canadian Armed Forces and plan to attend Orca Institute? If you have at least six years of service, you could be eligible for funding from Veterans Affairs Canada to cover your tuition and other expenses.

Financial Aid

Government Financial assistance is available for eligible students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants through the Canadian and provincial government student loan programs. Apply to Student Aid BC, or go to the Student Aid website for your Province or territory.

Métis Employment Services, Work BC, and other similar groups have funded our students. Please ask your group to if we are covered by them.

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Bryan Harder
Bryan Harder
18:59 05 Jul 23
I enjoyed my time with Orca. The training is self paced which I liked. Sheldon and Diane are very supportive and are always happy to take a call. I transfered to this college from another one due to not being happy with the practicum and it was like a night and day difference. Diane and Sheldon really care about the quality of your education and producing proffesionals who are competent and capable.
Maninder Bajwa
Maninder Bajwa
20:05 01 Jul 23
I joined Orca Institute in July 2022 and finished my Counselling Skills Program in June 2023. I had excellent, 5 star, experience studying at Orca Institute. Staff were very supportive and excellent technical support whenever I needed it. Director Sheldon and Instructor Diane both are very professional, wise and very knowledgeable and always ready to assist me whenever I asked for. I recommend this Institute to everyone who are in middle of deciding should I join or not. Thanks
Matt Mckinney
Matt Mckinney
19:35 28 Apr 23
I loved having the opportunity to be supported to craft my art as a counsellor. Coming from a background of various methodologies already, Orca provided a perfect container for me to find myself with my life experience and background, unifying and reimagining my skills in a counselling format. I definitely would recommend this program to those who have a lot to offer by way of helping others who need the guidance and mentoring to bring it into the counselling room.I really appreciated both Sheldon's willingness to make it work for me, and Diane's obvious passion and care for mentoring people. I searched for years for a route to bring my gifts into becoming a counsellor and Orca was a bit of a miracle for me, when I'd found it. This has been a great life decision. Thank you.
charity leach
charity leach
14:01 18 Apr 23
I was with Orca Institute from November 2020 to March 2023 and have completed the Counseling Hypnotherapy and Counseling Skills programs. Throughout these past years the support I received was absolutely incredible. I would highly recommend Orca to anyone that is interested in developing skills in counseling. Thank you to Sheldon and Diane for helping guide me be becoming a better version of myself.
matt lowe
matt lowe
00:26 04 Jan 23
Orca Institute provided we with the foundational skills and learning that I needed to confidently start a private counselling practice. The teaching methods promoted subject comprehension and application of the material to personal life. Personalized and non-dogmatic learning supported the unique views, life experiences and skill sets that I have to offer as a counsellor. Thank you Sheldon, Diane and Orca faculty. Your raising a much needed, growing family of therapists
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