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Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)

VET Course

About this Course


Advocate for and support people with mental health issues in the private or public sector. This course covers a range of issues concerning working with people with a variety of mental health issues, and empowering them in their recovery.

This qualification is nationally recognised.

South Australian residents may be eligible for a Government subsidy, WorkReady, for this course. Click here for more details

Professional Outcomes

The CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health prepares students for providing self-directed, recovery-oriented support for people affected by a range of mental health issues. A work placement of minimum 120-150 hours can be taken in home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite residential, rehabilitation, and clinical settings. This qualification is nationally recognised. Potential pathways include: Certificate IV in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Certificate IV in Youth Work, Diploma in Applied Social Science, Diploma of Counselling and Bachelor of Applied Social Science.

Students are required to:

  • complete a minimum work requirement of 120-150 hours
  • apply for a DCSI Employment screening check
  • complete the Respond to Abuse and Neglect – Education Care (RAN-EC) training (if working with children)

Work Placement

Students are encouraged to find their own Work Placement according to their interests and intended career paths. Over the duration of the Work Based Placement (WBP) the student’s role is that of support worker. In that capacity the student will be expected to demonstrate their ability to perform specific tasks with each client according to the organisation’s service delivery protocols. The WBP mentor will provide additional training regarding the organisation’s policy and procedures that guide the work that is done. The student will work in consultation with their mentor regarding any actions that are taken for or with clients. The way the students support work is structured will be guided by the host organisation mentor in order to meet organisation requirements. Therefore, this aspect of the WBP is not prescriptive.

Units of Competency Structure

15 Subjects total
11 Core
4 Electives


Work with diverse people CHCDIV001
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety CHCDIV002
Requires 25 nominal hours
Work legally and ethically CHCLEG001
Requires 55 nominal hours
Establish self-directed recovery relationships CHCMHS002
Requires 60 nominal hours
Provide recovery oriented mental health services CHCMHS003
Requires 60 nominal hours
Work collaboratively with the care network and other service CHCMHS004
Requires 75 nominal hours
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues CHCMHS005
Requires 90 nominal hours
Work effectively in trauma informed care CHCMHS007
Requires 40 nominal hours
Promote and facilitate self advocacy CHCMHS008
Requires 50 nominal hours
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing CHCMHS011
Requires 80 nominal hours
Participate in workplace health and safety HLTWHS001
Requires 20 nominal hours


Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS019
Requires 45 nominal hours
Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management CHCCSM005
Requires 75 nominal hours
Use communication to build relationships CHCCOM002
Requires 55 nominal hours
Reflect on and improve own professional practice CHCPRP003
Requires 120 nominal hours

What do I need for entry?

Students must meet the minimum language, literacy and numeracy standards
Recognition of prior learning / credit transfer
If you can provide evidence of competency for some of the units, you may not have to undertake those units.
In simple terms, RPL means that if you have not already undertaken the unit or its equivalent, but have the required knowledge and skills to demonstrate competency for the unit, you won’t have to study the unit.
Credit transfer is where you have a Statement of Attainment or a qualification which clearly states you have demonstrated competency in those units or their equivalent.

More information

If you wish to apply for RPL or Credit Transfer, you can do so via the RPL Kit. Download link below.
Further information

How long does it take?

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent , which is 18 months study.

Where can I study?

You can study this course via Blended Learning or Online.

How much does it cost?

When can I start?

Semester 1 – February
Semester 2 – July

Additional Information


As with most adult study, students will be required to complete pre-course reading and related activities prior to attending their weekly classes. In addition, it is expected that students will undertake a certain amount of homework such as reading, research, completing written assignments, etc. During enrolment in this course, students are advised that they can expect an average of 20 hours self-directed study or homework per week.

Course Codes

Tabor: CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)
SATAC: Not applicable

Course Level

Make an Enquiry

Vocational Education and Training (VET) Department
Phone: 1300 482 267
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