COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Course

Developing Helping Relationships

COSCA (Counselling & Psychotherapy in Scotland) is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland. Therapy Train Stirling CIC has approved organisational membership of COSCA and is a COSCA Accredited Training Provider.

COSCA’s Vision – a listening, caring society that values people’s wellbeing

What are Counselling Skills?

Counselling skills:

  • are essentially good interpersonal or communication skills
  • are based on active listening
  • involve using verbal and non-verbal skills
  • insert the qualities of acceptance, genuineness and empathy into a helping relationship
  • are underpinned and informed by an understanding of counselling theory

What is the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate?

The COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate:

  • contains four strands: skills, knowledge, self-awareness and ethics
  • uses experiential learning e.g. students practise in groups of three
  • gives a professionally recognised qualification in counselling skills which has 40 SCQF credits at SCQF level 8.
  • is open to any adult interested in developing attuned listening and responding skills, even those who do not plan to become qualified counsellors.
Skills practice sessions in a confidential space.

What is the purpose of the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate?

There is a growing awareness that counselling skills can enhance performance in various inter-personal contexts including:

  • nursing, teaching and social work contexts
  • welfare services
  • management relations
  • staff development and appraisal
  • residential and non-residential care
  • befriending, mentoring, advocacy, mediation


Each module of this counselling certificate course is delivered over 30 hours, with 4 modules to complete, this totals 120 hours of training. Courses run from 10:00am – 4:30pm, and each Module takes 6 full training days to complete. After each module has been completed, the group will have a two-week break, as per COSCA guidelines.


Each 30 hour module will cost £365 per participant, making up a total cost of £1,460 to complete all 4 modules (inclusive of the cost of module workbooks).

An initial £365 fee will be due before Module 1 commences. Training fees for modules 2-4 are payable in advance of each module.


Our next COSCA Certificate course is planned to begin on Saturday 27th August 2022 and is now open for enquiries.

All enquirers who complete and return an application will be offered selection interviews.

Applicants will be interviewed by Rebecca and another COSCA trained colleague either via Zoom or at the premises of Therapy Train Stirling, prior to the offer of a training place.
Small group training opportunities like the COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate Course can be personally demanding, and this will be explored during initial selection interviews. Participants should consider the emotional impact of a developmental course like this, on themselves and on others in the learning group. This course is based on a humanistic model of relational learning, and depends on the learning group to form a communal support for each individual.

Places will be offered to those candidates who can fully commit to the time and expectations of the course, as per our selection criteria for group based learning.

Selection will be based on full commitment to each training date, ability to work in co-operation with others, undertake 4 different assignments and meet COSCA’s Ethical Standards for group training.

Successful applicants will be invited to meet with Rebecca Black and a COSCA Graduate to learn more about the demands of this course and to ask questions prior to the start of the course.

The number of places on these courses may be limited to 12.

To enquire about the next COSCA Counselling Skills Certificate, email: – or call our office on: 01786 451532.