SACAP - The South African College of Applied Psychology

SACAP’s Advanced Certificate builds on an existing foundation of learning. It’s a short, 12-18 month, vocational qualification that has been specifically designed to further your knowledge and insight in psychology, human behaviour and mental health.

Not only does the Advanced Certificate provide a strong focus on applied counselling and communication skills, for application in a variety of counselling environments, it also develops deeper knowledge in specific areas of your choice.

At a Glance

Availability On Campus (Johannesburg, Cape Town)
Duration 12 – 18 months full-time
2 years part-time
Intakes 3 Intakes per year
Modules and Credits 9 modules (At least 120 credits)
NQF 6, CHE accredited
Practicum 200 hours including supervision

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Is this course for me?

If you say yes to any of the following points, then the Advanced Certificate could just be the perfect fit for you.

Do you?

  • Want an accredited qualification that is nationally benchmarked and internationally comparable.
  • Already have SACAP’s Higher Certificate in Counselling and Communication Skills under your belt and want to build on your learnings.
  • Have an undergraduate qualification in psychology but want to gain hands-on counselling and communication skills.
  • Want to develop deeper knowledge and skills in specific areas, such as: addiction counselling, counselling in loss, working with children, working with adolescents, conflict management, and/or Human Sexuality and HIV counselling.
  • Want to gain practical work integrated learning experience, as part of your studies to boost your skills and confidence.

What will I learn?

Throughout the Advanced Certificate, you’ll develop:

  • Counselling and interpersonal communication skills, including referral and management strategies, for application in the key areas of crisis and trauma counselling, self-esteem and motivation, family and relationship work.
  • Skills in specific counselling areas through your choice of elective modules, such as: addictions; grief and loss; working with children; conflict management; working with adolescents; and/or HIV and human sexuality.
  • Practical work integrated learning experience.

What will I learn?

  • Psychology, human behaviour and mental health with a strong focus on practical application.
  • Ethics in psychology.

What can I do with this qualification?

You will be able to work as a SACAP Counsellor*. This means that, working with supervision, you can:
  • Practice effective interpersonal communication skills in a range of supportive counselling settings and contexts with diverse individuals and groups.
  • Provide short term supportive counselling and guidance (excluding psychotherapy) in key areas, depending on the elective modules you’ve completed.
  • Identify (but not diagnose or treat) possible mental health disorders and refer clients to the relevant professionals.
  • Apply competency-based counselling approaches with a focus on finding strengths and resilience to facilitate mental health and wellness.

*SACAP have developed a recommended scope of practice for each of our qualifications according to SACAP’s Competency-Based Framework ©

What further study pathways are open to me?

Once you’ve successfully finished the Advanced Certificate you’ll be eligible for admission into SACAP’s Bachelor of Applied Social Science (BAppSocSci) undergraduate degree with credit transfer for the same modules already completed.

Admission requirements

  • An NQF Level 5 qualification in an appropriate field of study, or equivalent qualification, OR
  • Mature students 23 years of age and older who do not meet the above requirements should provide a portfolio of evidence equivalent to NQF Level 5 training in an appropriate field of study to support admission on the basis of SACAP’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy.