Certificate IV in Mental Health

General Description: 

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 units of competency.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Assistant Community Services Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Outreach Officer
  • Course Duration: 

    Typically this training course requires between 0.5 months -1 year to complete, determined by your own special circumstances and also the mode of study which you select. For example, if you were to do this program online and routinely allocate time and energy to complete the activities and assignments every week you may finish the course well ahead of the time.

    Method of Study: 
    • Online; E-Learning
    • Blended Learning
    • Workbased Learning
    • Distance
    • RPL
    • Fee For Service (Payment Plans available)
    • In-class study provides a structured studying experience and conventional face-to-face contact with your trainers and peers.

    • Online, Correspondence and Distance Education training courses give you the ability to study from just about anywhere, at any time when!

      This is great should you need flexibility and aren't able to commit to taking part in regular classroom sessions. You have the ability to study at your own tempo and finish your study course based on your own agenda. Contact us today to confirm which study technique may perhaps suit you best.


    There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification.

    Recognition of Prior Learning: 

    Recognition is available (on application) to students with prior skills, experience, knowledge or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training, in a related area. Recognition may reduce the duration of your studies (Subjective to evidence provide, mapped and assessed against the required unit/s of competency)

    To apply for RPL, please submit documentation in portfolio form for evaluation by AusCHS assessors.


    Competency determination is made after all relevant evidence is gathered. AusCHS is receptive to evidence gathered from a variety of sources including our own assessment processes. AusCHS assessment processes include:

    • Recognition of Prior Learning/Credit Transfer
    • Written/Oral Questions
    • Written reports/Portfolio Assessments
    • Scenarios
    • Role Plays
    • Projects
    • Case Studies
    • Log Book
    • Workplace Assessments

    Successful completion of Certificate IV in Mental Health will provide students with the ability to apply to undertake CHC52015- Diploma of Community Services with AUSCHS. Contact us for more information.


    Total number of units = 15

  • 11 core units
  • 4 elective units, consisting of:
  • at least 2 units from the electives listed below, including at least 1 unit from the At Risk group below
  • up to 2 units from any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome

    All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

    Core 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

    Elective units

    At Risk electives

    One of the following units must be selected for this qualification

    CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
    CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations

    Other electives

    CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
    CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment of older people
    CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
    CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated
    CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
    CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
    CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
    CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
    CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour
    CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
    CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
    CHCCCS018 Provide suicide bereavement support
    CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
    CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
    CHCCCS027 Visit client residence
    CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs
    CHCCDE004 Implementation participation and engagement strategies
    CHCCDE006 Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities
    CHCCDE007 Develop and provide community projects
    CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
    CHCCS414A Provide education and support on parenting, health and wellbeing
    CHCDFV301A Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
    CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
    CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
    CHCEDU001 Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
    CHCEDU002 Plan health promotion and community intervention
    CHCEDU005 Work with clients to identify financial literacy education needs
    CHCEDU006 Improve clients’ fundamental financial literacy skills
    CHCEDU007 Provide group education on consumer credit and debt
    CHCEDU008 Share health information
    CHCMGT001 Development, implement and review quality framework
    CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family carers
    CHCPOL001 Contribute to the review and development of policies
    CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    CHCPRT002 Support the rights and safety of children and young people
    CHCRF402B Provide intervention support to children and families
    CHCSET001 Work with forced migrants
    CHCSET002 Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia
    CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
    CHCSOH002 Manage and maintain tenancy agreements and services
    CHCYTH011 Work effectively with young people and their families
    HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
    HLTAID003 Provide first aid
    HLTAID005 Provide first aid in remote situations
    HLTAID006 Provide advanced first aid
    HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
    HLTHPS010 Interpret and use information about nutrition and diet
    HLTOHC001 Recognise and respond to oral health issues
    HLTOHC002 Inform and support patients and groups about oral health
    HLTOHC003 Apply and manage use of basic oral health products
    HLTOHC004 Provide or assist with oral hygiene
    HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
    BSBINM201 Process and maintain workplace information

  • Course Fees: 

    Total Fees- $3250
    Valid till 31/10/2015
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