CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

Award Course
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding


This qualification reflects 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.


Mental Health support workers can perform the duties of Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health in any community settings with the guidance of a senior practitioner e.g., Allied Health Community Service Worker, Social Worker, Psychologist, and or Occupational Therapist. Mental Health support workers can perform duties, but are not limited to the below settings: Aged-care facilities, Disability facilities, Schools and Community Health centres.


This qualification enables students to pathway into the Diploma of Community Services and/or Diploma of Mental Health.

Course Delivery

Classroom, Trainee, Blended and Flexi/Online delivery available. Classroom based delivery 2 days a week with a facilitator from 9am to 3pm. Delivered class based in Swan Hill Campus and via video conference to Mildura Campus. Blended delivery with a 2 hour zoom study session per fortnight. Enrolment can occur ongoing throughout the year until November. Traineeship duration is 18 months, enrolments can occur from January through to December.

Entry Requirements

Each applicant will be required to undertake a Pre-training Review before enrolling to help confirm if the proposed course is suitable. It will provide valuable information about skills, knowledge, language, literacy and numeracy skills and whether the course will help in achieving learning and employment goals. Applicants must be willing to obtain an NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to practical placement and are responsible for all costs associated. Applicants must also be willing to provide proof of their up-to-date immunisation status for Covid-19 and influenza to employers to undertake practical placement if requested. Trainees must have a registered training contract agreement with their employer. Applicants may be required to provide a Working with Children Check to undertake practical placement, if requested, and would be responsible for associated costs.

Expected Time to Complete

12 Months

Units & Assessment
Core Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 $35.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $35.00
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60 $35.00
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services 60 $35.00
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75 $35.00
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90 $35.00
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care 40 $35.00
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50 $35.00
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80 $35.00
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20 $0.00
Elective Units
Code Unit Name Hours Material
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 80 $35.00
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45 $35.00
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers 50 $35.00
CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness 85 $35.00
Your particular units of study will be determined from the core and elective units required for this qualification.

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Indicative Fees

2023 2024
$539 $1,064 $1,158 $2,693 $3,218 $3,591 $3,689 $455 $3,277 $4,730

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Intake Campus Course Details
2023 Ongoing Enrolment Mildura Campus Part Time, Employer Based (Trainee), Full Year, Trainee
2023 Ongoing Enrolment Swan Hill Campus Part Time, Employer Based (Trainee), Full Year, Trainee