“As a former student on the first Therapy Train certificate course I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in counselling or psychotherapy. The course is not an HNC and does not qualify you to become a counsellor on completion. This is more of an awareness course for anyone who may be thinking of becoming a therapist or for those professionals who may benefit from training in a counselling approach. It’s a first step in a very long journey. I enjoyed this 6 month learning experience and found out so much about myself and how to listen to others properly through the many practical exercises and written assignments. 
You don’t have to be an academic or have attended university to be a student on the Counselling Skills course, a willingness to learn and be an active participant are all you need. 
I was one of the older group members at 55 years with others being in their 20’s but everyone’s experiences are valuable regardless of age. 
For me this course was enlightening to the point where I’d describe it as life changing and very worthwhile even if you don’t intend being a counsellor. “