Counsellor Education

SAC considers counsellor education as well as continual professional development important parts of the counselling ecosystem in Singapore. There are many institutions that offer counselling courses in Singapore. Institutions are welcome to submit suitably designed counselling courses they offer to formal reviews by SAC. However, these submissions are voluntary in nature.

SAC Counsellors Education Board conducts periodical review on postgraduate counselling programmes delivered in Singapore that prepares one to become a professional counsellor. Each of these programmes must offer a minimum of one hundred (100) hours of practicum with ten (10) hours of clinical supervision. Upon graduating from any SAC Recognised Programme, an individual who completes a minimum of six hundred (600) postgraduate clinical hours and sixty (60) supervision hours will qualify to apply for SAC Registered Counsellor status.

The full list of our recognised programmes is reproduced below (as of 31 Dec 2023). Individuals who are interested can approach the institutions directly for more information.

Asian Pastoral Institute
Master of Arts in Counselling & Community Work
29 Sep 2022 – 28 Sep 2024
College of Allied Educators Pte Ltd
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology
31 Jan 2023 – 30 Jan 2025
Counselling and Care Centre
Graduate Diploma in Counselling Practice
24 Mar 2023 – 23 Mar 2025
James Cook University Singapore
Master of Guidance and Counselling
1 May 2021 – 30 Apr 2025
Monash University through Kaplan Singapore
Master of Counselling
1 Jul 2020 – 31 Dec 2023
National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Master of Arts (Counselling and Guidance)
1 May 2021 – 30 Apr 2024
Singapore Bible College
Master of Arts in Counselling (MAC)
20 Apr 2023 – 19 Apr 2026
Master of Arts in Counselling (Chinese Programme)
26 Feb 2024 – 25 Feb 2026
Singapore Islamic Scholars & Religious Teachers Association (Pergas)
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling (Pergas)
25 Sep 2023 – 24 Sep 2025
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Master in Counselling
1 May 2021 – 30 Apr 2025
Singapore University of Social Sciences
Graduate Diploma in Counselling
*Following SUSS’ application for accreditation recission, the Graduate Diploma in Counselling will cease to be recognised with effect 01 July 2023. Students who have enrolled in the said programme before 01 July 2023 would still qualify to apply for the Provisional Clinical Membership upon successful graduation.
01 May 2021 – 30 Jun 2023

TCA College
Master of Arts in Counselling
1 May 2021 – 30 Apr 2025
Flinders University through Executive Counselling and Training Academy Pte Ltd (ECTA)
Master of Counselling
4 Jan 2024 – 3 Jan 2026