Applying to study

Applying to study requires you to meet the criteria, complete an online application form and to be available for individual and group interviews. We welcome people from diverse backgrounds.

Applications to study with us in 2024 are open. Apply now.

Important information and key dates

  • Gestalt discovery and course information night
    This was held on 5 October. You can view the slides from the evening here.
  • Applications for 2024 are still open
    Contact us if you would like to study with us in 2024.
  • Course fee for 2024
    The annual course fee for 2024 is $9900 (GST exempt). This includes all training fees and full accommodation for both residential weekends held in August and October. The fee can be paid up-front (5% discount) or by 4 payments across the academic year.

We also offer a 5-day counselling skills workshop each year, see our events page.


To apply to study at GTA you should meet the following key selection criteria.

  1. An undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as counselling, psychology, social work, nursing, psychiatric nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, teaching, welfare and community development, or pastoral care is generally desired.
  2. Two years of work experience in a field with professional supervision or mentoring (i.e. work experience after completion of a relevant undergraduate degree), or willingness to gain experience concurrent to the program.

Provision is also made to accept people who demonstrate relevant life or work experience, and a history of therapy / personal development.

Application process

The process of admission to the GTA education and training program involves completing an online application and uploading relevant documentation.

This will include:

  • An introductory letter that addresses the key selection criteria above, and a brief statement about why you have chosen this course and how it fits your personal and professional development needs.
  • A detailed professional CV with contact details of two referees (one each personal and professional)
  • Payment of a $200 application fee.

Once your application is received, you will then be invited into the interview process.

Our online application process is open, click here.

With class sizes capped at around 16 students and generally 2 facilitators, you can expect to have an excellent student teacher ratio.  

Interview process

Our selection process for admission to the GTA training program is a time of mutual discernment with both GTA and prospective students actively engaged in deciding about an applicant’s goodness-of-fit.

To assist this, GTA makes every effort to be clear with applicants about what is being offered in the education and training program. The applicant will be required to attend a group interview and an individual interview. Within this process both the applicant and GTA will have a chance to discuss readiness and suitability.

The process of student selection is non-discriminatory on the grounds of gender, class, ethnicity, sexuality, culture, religion or any disability or belief that does not directly interfere with the capacity of students to competently fulfil the education and training program.

Upon receipt of an application form and payment, applicants will be contacted for the group interview.

The group interview will be held prior to you enrolling in the course. It is held at Elie, our Gestalt Centre training campus at 27 Royal Parade, Parkville. The group interview will involve an experiential exercise including an opportunity to share your experience and engage in some dialogue with other participants in the group. It will also give you an opportunity to experience the group setting.

The 30-minute individual interview will be an opportunity for applicants to expand further on their experience and their interest in joining the training program. In this interview, there will be an opportunity to ask questions about the course.

Receiving an offer

Acceptance into the course is communicated personally by telephone and followed up with an enrolment package. Applicants confirm their place by signing the contract and paying a deposit of $1,500.

The GTA training program teaches to the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA) Code of Ethics ( We also reference the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) Code of Ethics.  Candidates are required to read and sign our Personal Integrity and Professional Standards policy

Apply online