This qualification is designed to give learners the underpinning knowledge, skills and competencies to use counselling skills ethically and safely in a variety of contexts and roles. This qualification is for: – Those starting the first level of training as a professional counsellor – Those who want to learn counselling skills in other professional or helping roles – Those who want to improve their professional and personal relationships as part of personal development. This qualification could lead to employment or increase employability for those whose role is to support others in e.g. health and social care work, teaching and learning, advocacy and mediation, support and project work, other helping roles. It provides an additional skills for those already in employment likely to lead to increased opportunities for promotion and advancement.