SACAP - The South African College of Applied Psychology https://www.sacap.edu.za

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.

Ask a question:

  1. Matholoana Letsika

    I need fees for advance certificate in psychology and a Diploma in psychology part time and full time

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    • SACAP

      Matholoana,

      Please contact us so that we speak to you directly about our tuition fees and payment options. Email us on info@sacap.edu.za or call 0860 77 11 11.

      Reply
  2. Thea

    I am interested in the advanced certificate. Is it possible to study this online? Or alternatively do you offer lectures after hours? I have a MSc degree from SUN in Nuclear Medicine would I qualify to enroll into the course?

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  3. Stacy

    HI there
    I am interested in the advanced certificate. I would like to know about the application in terms of studying in 2015. I have a BA degree and majored in psychology. I would also like to know if this meets the requirements please.

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    • SACAP

      Stacy,

      We have three in-takes per year, February, May and September, meaning you can decide which term you would like to start studying in 2015. Please fill out the application form and send it to the campus of your choice (Cape Town or Johannesburg)

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  4. lizzy okereke

    Am interested in the diploma so let me know d tution fee

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  5. Rose

    Dear Sir/Madam
    I am currently completing my BA Psychology Honours degree through Unisa. I was interested in completing my Bpsych degree but Unisa no longer offers it. Sacap offers an Advanced Certificate in Counselling, but what exactly will I be qualified to do once this certificate is completed? Will I have to study further to be a Counsellor or will I be “work ready” once I have completed this Certificate?
    Also how much will the course cost both part time and full time?
    And finally do you offer Masters in Psychology courses? If so what are the requirements for this?
    Many thanks
    Rose

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    • SACAP

      Rose,

      Thank you for your interest in studying at SACAP. The Advanced Certificate in Counselling while working with supervision, allows you to:

      Provide short term supportive counselling (excluding psychotherapy) and guidance 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 – finding strengths and resilience to facilitate mental health and wellness.
      Practice effective interpersonal communication skills in a range of supportive counselling settings and contexts with diverse individuals and groups.

      This certificate opens doors to study further at SACAP, such as the BPsych Degree and registraion with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)

      Unfortunately, we do not offer Masters in Psychology courses, but a qualification from us will allow you to apply for Masters at other institutions.

      For information on course fees, please give us a call (0860 77 11 11) or send an email (info@www.sacap.edu.za) and we sill gladly discuss with you fee structures and payment options.

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  6. Salmaan

    Once this qualification has been completed, can you apply for Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Applied Social Science? And can i do my PHD if it admits you into the Bachelor of Applied Social Science?

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    • SACAP

      Salmaan,

      Yes, you may apply for the Bachelor of Psychology or Bachelor of Applied Social Science with SACAP. However, in order to further your studies for a Masters or PHD, you’ll need to apply through another institution that provides this.

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  7. Fikile

    If I apply now for advanced certificate,will it be late?

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    • SACAP

      Fikile,

      SACAP has 3 intakes per year, so students can commence their studies during any one of our 3 terms in January, May or August.This means, it is too late to apply for the January intake, but you can still apply for the May or August intake this year.

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  8. Sarah Foale

    Can I study individual modules at SACAP?

    Hi. Do I have to enroll in one of your courses or would I just be able to do a couple of modules/electives in which I have an interest? What would be the fee per elective. I have an honours degree in counselling psychology. Many thanks, Sarah

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    • SACAP

      Sarah,

      It is not recommended to just complete separate modules due to the fact that it is not part of a qualification. However, students who feel that they would like to complete specific modules to enhance their own skills, are more than welcome to do so. For specific breakdown of fee structure please feel free to contact us directly at info@www.sacap.edu.za.

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  9. pamela

    AFTER THIS COURSE DO U BECOME A PSYCHOLOGIST OR A COUNSELLOR AND IF I DID NURSING DO U CREDIT ME?

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    • SACAP

      SACAP will gladly look at your previous qualifications in order to determine whether you are eligible to receive credits or not. You are welcome to send us your application form with transcript of modules completed. In order to become a Psychologist you need 6-7 years of study. The first step would be to achieve an undergraduate in Psychology. Thereafter you need to apply for a honours degree and then complete a Master’s degree. After completion of our Diploma and / or undergraduate degree, you will be a Counsellor and can be employed as a Counsellor.

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