Course outline

This qualification focuses on the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Course Overview

Who should do this course?

People pursuing a career in a facility such as a respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; home based outreach; centre-based programs; or supporting people in employment.

Graduates may seek employment in the following jobs:

  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
Entry requirements

There are no academic prerequisites for the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health. But you need to have reasonable English language, literacy and numeracy to successfully complete the course (LLN). In addition, a Police Clearance Certificate and Working with Children’s Check is mandatory prior to your work placement. Therefore, you must undertake a Federal Police Check (AFP) or NSW Police check (it must be no less than 12 months old).

These checks must be completed prior to industry work placement. The students must be physically be able to do moderate amount of lifting using the appropriate equipment. The students should not have any mobility, hearing, and vision problems to carry out duties efficiently in the hospital or community care settings whilst at placement.


Students who have completed the Certificate III in Individual Support will have some units that they will receive credit for. In addition those students who have completed the Certificate IV of Ageing Support and or Disability, will have credits to units that make up this Certificate IV in Mental Health (these are indicated with an asterisk in the table of units that make up this qualification – see below).

  • Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other drugs
  • Diploma of Nursing
  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Diploma of Alcohol and other drugs
  • Diploma of Nursing

Course Duration

This course is 26 weeks. The structure is as follows:

  • Two days of workshops a week (8 hours each) over 22 weeks
  • Work placement of 120 hours in total (15 days) to be spread over 3-4 weeks

Commencement dates. See the website for our intake dates or ring the office for details.

Course Location

  • All training is held in both of our premises.

Premises 1: Suite 106-108, 3 Railway parade. Burwood. NSW 2134 (Head office)

Premises 2: Suite 6 132 - 134 Burwood rd,Burwood. NSW 2134


As this is a nationally recognise qualification, you will be required to successfully complete all units to a standard to ensure that you are job ready. Each unit contains assessments which are:

  • Practical demonstrations where you will be observed by one of our assessors in a simulated environment and in your work Placement
  • Knowledge based tests which contain written short answer questions
  • Small projects which contain written tasks for you to investigate and complete in your own time.

Note: You must be deemed competent with each unit in order to receive your qualification.

Course Delivery

Delivery is a combination of methods to cover the theory and practice requirements:

  • Workshop for developing your theory (maximum of 20 students)
  • Demonstrations, instructions in a simulated environment to give you that valuable practice (maximum of 10 students) Self-paced study and support to embed your learning
  • Work placements to apply your skills

Work Placement at a Mental Health Hospital, Community Service facility is arranged with you and you will receive the support of one of our mentors to ensure this opportunity is a rewarding experience.


Our course has been designed to meet the requirements for the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health.

It contains 15 Units; 11 Core units and 4 Elective units:

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people *
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically*
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

* These units were in other Certificate IV qualifications (such as Ageing Support and Disability) so students of those completed courses will be eligible for credit transfer


Recognition of RPL and Credit Transfer

You may have developed a number of skills in community service or mental health care, through previous employment opportunities, life experience or formal studies. If this is the case then you should ask about recognition of prior learning. This may shorten your course. If you hold a current First Aid Certificate from a recognised RTO you will be given credit for the first aid unit.


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