The Lay Counsellor

Being a Lay Counsellor involves offering emotional support and guidance to individuals facing various challenges and stressors. This unique Short Learning Programme is a quick skills acquisition course that will ready you to be a lay counsellor who can provide counselling services with a specific focus on HIV and AIDS support.

You’ll develop a broad range of counselling skills and understand the importance of legal and ethical practice in counselling. This programme will enhance your understanding of the principles and scope of sexuality and HIV education and how to provide counselling services and support to those living with or impacted by HIV and/or AIDS.

This Short Learning Programme can serve as a foundation for pursuing admission to a Boston Higher Certificate if you wish to continue your studies.

The Lay Counsellor


6 Months (full-time)/1 Year (part-time)

Entry Requirements

National Senior Certificate; or National Certificate (Vocational) 4; or equivalent qualification OR alternatively Learners can apply for RPL entry into the programme from the Academic Committee at Boston Head Office.

This programme is offered by Boston City Campus in the distance mode of education with support provided at Learner Support Centres. Apply to register at any Boston City Campus Learner Support Centre nationwide.

All modules are compulsory and must be passed.

Ito RPL, on successful completion the Learner may apply for admission to a Boston Higher Certificate Programme or an Occupational Qualification.

Each submission is individually evaluated, hence neither admission nor advanced placement is assured.

  • Counselling 1 (OCOU1161)*
  • Sexuality and HIV Education 1 (OSHE1161)*
  • HIV Counselling 1 (OHIVC1161)*

*Formative Assessments are undertaken and the highest grade achieved in Formative Assessment is retained. The final grade is based on the Summative Assessment only. A maximum of one (1) additional supplementary assessment opportunity is provided for the Summative assessment, which will be charged for.

Friendly | Helpful | Good at Communicating | Good People Skills | Diplomatic

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and scope of sexuality and HIV education according to the fundamental theories
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and scope of counselling and HIV counselling according to the fundamental theories.
  • Comply with relevant legal and ethical practice


On successful completion the Learner will be issued a Boston Short Learning Programme The Lay Counsellor