Why Ikon?

Largest Provider in Australia

The Ikon Institute of Australia is a private higher education, international education and vocational education provider, leading education in mental health and wellbeing. Established in 1988, Ikon has been helping people help others for over 25 years. Today Ikon is the largest provider of art therapy training in Australia and a leading provider of humanistic and therapeutic training. Ikon represents education specialists in creative therapies, psychotherapy, counselling and community services. With course offerings across all these areas, Ikon supports the learning of students across Australia, in a multitude of ways.

  • Ikon excels in delivering theoretical and experiential learning; the additional knowledge that students and graduates obtain, help them to become career-ready therapists.
  • Ikon provides support to students through their entire life-cycle of learning; including orientation days, drop in sessions, student support officers, local support staff, expert trainers, like-minded students, alumni program, communication channels and more. Ikon supports and encourages students to grow and develop as people, again providing the opportunity for them to become effective professionals.
  • Ikon provides a supportive environment to help identify the right learning opportunities for each student. This helps students gain the necessary skills and attributes to meet their goals.
  • Ikon provides a personalized educational experience, that incorporates small class sizes with greater opportunity for guidance. This creates a positive impact on learning through increased time on tasks, greater opportunities for tailored instruction and supported classroom participation.
  • Ikon is involved in the broader community, through the alumni group, as well as participating in a variety of conferences. Ikon is also connected to the industries in which we teach, which provides the opportunity for course materials to be reflective of current needs in the sectors in which we operate.

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Government Registered

Ikon works hard to provide students with unsurpassed levels of education and service. Ikon’s courses are nationally recognised and accredited which means they have been found to meet the stringent education quality standards set by the Government. Our RTO code is 40263. TEQSA PRV14055 CRICOS NO. 03581E.

Specialist Trainers

Ikon’s teaching staff come from diverse backgrounds and have years of current, professional experience. All our trainers are currently working in the field that they teach, ensuring the examples they share are relevant to the current industry.

At Ikon our commitment to deliver you the highest level of skills extends into assuring you have the very best trainer that specialise in the particular modules you study. With a team that includes more than 30 trainers, directly from the industries in which we teach, you can be assured of an educational experience that is innovative, relevant, and connected to industry.

Connect With Like-Minded Individuals

Ikon courses are conducted in a workshop style environment allowing you to express yourself in an open forum of like- minded people. You will be exposed to a broad range of contrasting theories and therapeutic modalities that will enable you to select the appropriate techniques and methods for your clients.

A Rewarding Career

Imagine working in an industry, which is exciting, rewarding and growing. Over the years the Ikon Institute of Australia has successfully helped thousands of people like you find their new vocation or supplement their skills to open up additional opportunities in their existing field. Ikon graduates can be found working in private practice, or in specialist roles within Aged Care, Hospitals, Schools, Community Services or General Health Services. The opportunities are endless.

More Opportunities For You

Ikon’s strong relationships within industry and community services ensures the course material is reflective of current industry needs. It also means we are often the first to hear of placement and graduate opportunities.

Education Pathways

Ikon values and recognises existing skills, knowledge and qualifications. Graduates of vocational qualifications i.e. Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas may receive either specified credit or unspecified credit towards completion of a higher education program. The volume and application of this credit is individual to each higher education and program of study in that institution. Ikon will provide the necessary information to support these credit applications. Students who complete a qualification with Ikon can access a number of pathways for further education.

Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy
Bachelor of Arts Therapy

With regard to international institutions, the same rules apply. Whilst we cannot guarantee the recognition of Australian qualifications, we will support an individual’s application with relevant evidence.

Find your way to University

Ikon is now a higher education provider offering 2 degrees in the higher education space, the:

Bachelor of Counselling & Psychotherapy; and the

Bachelor of Arts Therapy.

Click here for more information about these courses.


At Ikon, you’ll gain a rewarding career where you can make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others.

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Student Success Stories

With over 800 students and Alumni we continue to be inspired by the great things both current and previous Ikon students are achieving.

You can read about what some of our students, graduates and staff have to say about Ikon here.


Can I work full time and study?

Ikon recognises that our students need to fit learning around their current lifestyle and commitments. Where possible, the scheduling of all courses takes into account school and public holidays and also considers people currently in the work force. In many instances it is possible to work full time and study an IKON qualification however, you will need to be well organised and have some flexibility within your employment to attend training days.

Why do some courses have a Placement requirement?
Placement is an exciting opportunity and gives students a chance to explore different sectors of their particular industry and to validate their thoughts on where they would like to work once they have graduated. During placement, students are given the opportunity to practice all that has been learnt throughout the course, in a protective and supportive environment (without being expected to know it all!). The length of placement / number of placement hours varies by course to comply with the AQTF standards.
How can I pay my Tuition Fees?

Payment can be made up front or by instalments. Please contact Ikon for more information.

What will I receive upon successful completion of my qualification?

On successful completion of each qualification you will receive an official academic transcript, recognising the achievement of your nationally recognised qualification.
With a strong emphasis on evidence-based theory and practical techniques, Ikon graduates will emerge job ready and can start applying for work in your chosen career.

Do you offer Student Support?
We offer a variety of student support benefits including study skills workshops, student support staff, a dedicated placement officer and student counsellors, all with the aim of supporting you through the lifecycle of your learning journey.
How much time out of class time do I need to allow for additional study?
This depends both on the course you choose AND can also vary throughout the course. We encourage you to allocate 1-2 days per week of home study. If you are concerned about the level of commitment required, we encourage you to discuss your specific circumstances with the relevant Education Support Officer.
We are here to help you succeed.
What are the entry requirements?

Ikon’s students come from all walks of life but have in common a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others through their work.

In addition, all applicants must meet the minimum English literacy and language skills requirements for the specific qualification level and be a minimum of 18 years in age.
All applications are subject to an interview.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor degrees are as follows.

For those 18 years of age at commencement:

Minimum ATAR 65 or equivalent, or;

Completion of a Certificate IV, Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree, or;

Partial completion of a Bachelor degree.

For those aged 21 years or over:

Application will be through completion of a course enrolment form;

Applicants are also required to complete an Applicant Screening Questionnaire.

Can I receive Recognition of Prior Learning?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process whereby knowledge and skills you already have may be recognised. Ikon values existing knowledge and experience irrespective of where or how they were acquired. Applications for RPL must be submitted and assessed PRIOR to enrolling in the course. Assessment includes evidence from a variety of available sources that could include receipt of parchments / transcripts, your resume, work references.

Contact Ikon for further information or click here to view the RPL kit for your qualification.


What kind of work can I apply for?

Ikon graduates can be found working in private practice, or in specialist roles within Aged Care, Hospitals, Schools, Community Services or General Health Services. The opportunities are endless.

Many of our graduates gain employment from their placement position. Other graduates have been successful in gaining employment in job roles that have allowed them to utilise their specific skills within the role. Examples of this include Program Coordinator or Case Manager.

We encourage all Graduates to apply for ‘Therapeutic Roles’ when they are intended to be part of a team. This often means a shift in the roles within the team, which is welcomed by management if it broadens the skill base!

Why aren’t your courses available online in their entirety?

Face to face delivery is an important part of receiving quality training when learning to help others. Ikon’s specialised trainers will support you during your studies and expose you to a variety of therapy approaches and experiences to help you develop your full potential and feel confident and career- ready, upon completion of the course. You’ll be given the opportunity to practice your authentic face-to-face skills in an intimate and supported setting. We do not compromise our teaching methods and student outcomes by offering courses online in their entirety.