CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

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 .

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Outreach worker
  • Disability worker
  • Community Worker
  • Aged care activity worker
  • Care supervisor
  • Leisure & Therapy assistant
  • Coordinator (Carer peer work)
  • Coordinator (Consumer peer work)

This course is delivered via blended model, predominately offered using electronic based delivery;

  • Online delivery
  • One day per week workshops with trainer 1.00pm-4.00pm
  • Vocational placement of 80 hours


All learners will be offered the opportunity for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) assessment, who consider that they have and can successfully demonstrate that they have acquired through formal, non-formal and informal learning the required knowledge and skills specified in the training package. Learners may apply to have their knowledge and skills assessed via the RPL process and will be required to complete a RPL Application and the relevant RPL Assessment Kit.

Course Structure – CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

In order to gain the certificate, 15 units must be completed for this qualification, 11 Core units and 4 Electives

Unit CodeUnit Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CCMHS002Establish self directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery orientated 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 drug issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well being
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS009 Facilitate resposnible behaviour

# To receive an award for this qualification Students are required to complete all units listed above as competent and meet the requirements of the 80 hours of vocational placement within a period of 12 months.

Students will be provided with all the learner and assessment materials for each unit of competency required to complete the course.

Course Entry Requirements

The target learner is typically an adult currently working in the Aged Care, Home and Community Care or Disability Industry. The target learner’s entry requirements for this course must:

  • be over 15 years of age, whom have finished or left secondary school
  • undertake a National Police Check without a notable offence being listed
  • undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Skills Indicator
  • ability to undertake vocational placement, which includes manual handling
  • have technological skills to undertake computer/online work and have access to a computer and software with the following minimum specifications
    • Microsoft Windows XP, or later, or Mac OS X or above Microsoft Office or equivalent / Adobe Acrobat Reader / Adobe Flash Player / Up to date internet browser

Enrolment Requirements

  • Photo Identification (Drivers Licence or Passport)
  • All Completed forms from the enrolment pack
  • Unique Student Identification Number (USI)
  • National Police Check Certificate (Required before Vocational Placement can commence). (DP Training can process an application on your behalf – additional fee charged for the police check $49.90)
  • Completed LLN document, the need to read, write and communicate in English to a level required to perform the job.
  • Ability to complete 80 hours as Vocational Placement

Vocational Placement

Vocational placement is structured workplace learning; a vocational placement student log book is developed to support you to meet the requirements of all tasks to be completed during your placement. Vocational Placement is an important part of the program that has been designed for students to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to a practical level in a workplace environment. This practical approach to learning will prepare students to ease into 80 hours of on the job training required to gain the qualification


  • Sunshine Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast


*Full Program Fee: $2750
*Fee for Service Assessment ONLY (RPL): $1500
Funded via Investing in Skills – Higher Level Skills Funding, a Queensland Government Initiative

The Higher Level Skills Program aims to assist individuals to gain the higher level skills required to secure employment or career advancement in a priority industry, or to transition to university.

Call DP Training to check if you meet the eligibility criteria, the student contribution fee # can be as little as $49 for a concession card holder or $69 for non-concession enrolment. 

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