Certificate IV in Mental Health

Perhaps seeing someone you know suffering from a mental illness has spurred you in this direction. Maybe it’s as simple as caring deeply for the mental wellbeing of our society.
This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Location
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
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Other intakes
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Length
1 year
Qualification Code
CHC43315

Free TAFE

This course is in the Free TAFE for Priority Courses list. Find out about the initiative and your eligibility

Either way, our Certificate IV in Mental Health will provide you with the specialised knowledge and skills to launch or advance your career as a trained professional helping people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

With one in five Australians experiencing mental illness, the Australian Government has marked the mental health sector as a growing industry and it projects more than 50,000 jobs to open within the next five years.

Your career could see you working across government, non-government and community organisations such as in respite care, residential services, rehabilitation programs, clinical settings and corrective services - whether one-on-one with your clients or via group programs.

Better yet, as part of your studies, you will complete 80 hours of work placement giving you a chance to put your new learnings into practice and make valuable industry connections.

  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Mental health community worker
  • Peer support programs worker

The course content below provides all possible units related to the course. If the course has various streams, the units you are required to study will depend on your chosen stream.

PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY
HLTWHS001
ASSESS AND PROMOTE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING
CHCMHS011
PROMOTE AND FACILITATE SELF ADVOCACY
CHCMHS008
WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE
CHCMHS007
PROVIDE SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH CO-EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS ISSUES
CHCMHS005
WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE CARE NETWORK AND OTHER SERVICES
CHCMHS004
PROVIDE RECOVERY ORIENTED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
CHCMHS003
ESTABLISH SELF-DIRECTED RECOVERY RELATIONSHIPS
CHCMHS002
WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY
CHCLEG001
PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY
CHCDIV002
WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE
CHCDIV001
FACILITATE THE RECOVERY PROCESS WITH THE PERSON, FAMILY AND CARERS
CHCMHS006
RECOGNISE AND RESPOND TO CRISIS SITUATIONS
CHCCCS019
ASSESS CO-EXISTING NEEDS
CHCCCS004
INCREASE THE SAFETY OF INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF SUICIDE
CHCCCS003
WORK IN AN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS CONTEXT
CHCAOD001
Classes are held two days per week on campus, from 9.30 am - 4.30 pm.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Students must undertake an 80 hour work placement.

Entry requirements (year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Entry requirements (non year 12)

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Extra Requirements

All applicants are required to

  • undertake a literacy and numeracy assessment test (LLN)
  • hold a valid Police Check
  • hold a valid Working With Children Check (WWCC)
  • hold a valid NDIS check

Please note the Police Check; NDIS and Working With Children Check (WWCC) will be at your own expense.

For information in relation to the University and students rights and responsibilities please refer to the VET Information Guide.

Applicants need to demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills required to undertake this course through a test as part of the application process. The test will be conducted through Federation College prior to commencement of training. Feedback will be provided to the applicant on their results and types of support, if necessary, available to them.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700511794 (Ballarat - Admin Campus)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: LKW

National course code: CHC43315

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees you will pay depends on your eligibility for a Victorian Government subsidised place under the Skills First Program.

Find out more about eligibility here.

2023 total estimated tuition fees for Certificate IV in Mental Health
Concession
Government Subsidised Place
Standard
Government Subsidised Place
Full Fee Place
(Not eligible for government subsidy)
$581$2,904$10,824

*Fees displayed are estimates for the total program and may change depending on individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are subject to change annually.

Visit our TAFE enrolment fees page for more information.

Material Fees

Material fees cover the cost of items which are purchased by the university and provided to the student, such as tools, materials, uniforms, textbooks, excursions and other incidentals associated with the program.

The estimated material fees for this program are $0

Eligibility Exemptions

You could be eligible for government subsidised study at Federation University through the Skills First eligibility exemptions initiative.

If you have been deemed ineligible for a government-subsidised place because you have a higher qualification or have commenced two qualifications at the same level, you may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised place with an eligibility exemption.

Please note: A limited number of TAFE eligibility exemptions are available so contact us now to secure your place for 2023.

Important Information

Direct Debit Payment Plans are available for eligible students to help manage the payment of tuition and material fees throughout the enrolment year (excluding Diploma/Advanced Diploma tuition fees).

Students accessing government-subsidised training under the Skills First Program need to be aware that enrolling in a qualification may affect their ability to access future government-subsidised training.

Free TAFE: Under the Victorian Government Free TAFE initiative, some programs have free tuition for eligible students, however material fees (if applicable) will be payable by the student.  Free TAFE is subject to availability and eligibility requirements.

Visit the TAFE fees website. for further information on fees, payments and refunds.

If what you have learned at work, from other programs, courses, from life experience or training provided at work is relevant to this program, you may be entitled to gain subject credits or exemptions. The University is obliged to recognise the AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by other registered training organisations. For further details contact Federation University on 1800 333 864.

Students may continue their studies by undertaking the Diploma of Community Services the Diploma of Mental Health or the Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs.  Note: Completion of one program does not guarantee selection into a subsequent program.

Industry placement will be required to be completed with a total of 80 hrs, and sourced by our TAFE placements team.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Centre for Health and Communit