CHC43315 Cert IV Mental Health Course Outline

Mental Health and Mental Health Peer Work Education and Training

CHC43315 Certificate IV Mental Health Course Outline

This outline provides an overview of the Certificate IV Mental Health course for prospective students.

A national qualification; CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health is for people who are looking to develop their skills in mental health. This qualification will prepare you to be a support worker, supporting persons who experience mental health issues, illness and psychiatric disability in their recovery journey. The Qualification:

  • Defines the knowledge and skills required by support workers and case workers who work autonomously under broad guidance
  • Refers to specific knowledge of mental health issues and appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community-based settings.

Job Roles

Job roles associated with this qualification may include:

  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker

Requirements to complete qualification

It is a requirement of the qualification that the candidate complete 15 units in total. These include:

  • 11 core units
  • 4 elective units

To achieve this qualification, you will also undertake 80 hours of work placement.

See the Course Flyer [link] for a full list of core units and elective units.

Course delivery and duration

This course is delivered through blended learning with the theory components complemented in a series of mandatory face to face workshops, one online unit and work/ work placement hours to complete.

You will be allocated a trainer/assessor to support you in your learning.

The assessment for this course occurs in the classroom environment, online and in the workplace.

This course can be completed in six months providing the student is able to attend all workshops delivered in this timeframe. The course may also be completed over an extended period (12 to 24 months arranged on case by case basis). It is envisaged that the course will be available for enrolment at least twice a year.

This course is a combination of:

  • 17 weeks (1 day per week) face to face class/workshop attendance
  • Self-learning in preparation for classroom activities
  • On-line learning
  • Work placement of 80 hrs

If you do not have employment in a related mental health role, a placement may be arranged for you by the Tasmanian Health Service Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Entrance requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this program. Before enrolment, interested students are advised that to enable successful program completion, consideration of the students own skills need to be given to the following points:

  • Literacy and language skills. This course will have a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment which enables Tasmanian Health Service Registered Training Organisation (RTO) to determine any supports that may be required for you as an individual student. This will include digital literacy.
  • Planning skills. The ability to incorporate studies into your schedule and meet assessment deadlines.
  • Research skills. The ability to use library resources or online search engines to support your learning.
  • Computer skills. A working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite (or equivalent) is required prior to attending workshops, however if you’re unfamiliar with the programs RTO will provide you with support training. Instruction in the use of RTO Learning Management System (Online training) is provided at orientation. Follow up support can be provided if required.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process used to evaluate a person's relevant skills, knowledge and experience gained through working and learning - be it through life experience, work or other activities such as volunteering and transfers these to the current training course requirements. RPL must take place at the start of your training and can only be granted for a whole unit/s of competency.

RPL ensures the knowledge and skills previously gained are applied to the qualification criteria. It can assist in identifying what training may be required to complete the qualification, avoiding any unnecessary training for any skills you may already have. Complete the RPL section on the enrolment form.

Student support team

Our student support team are here answer general questions about the Registered Training Organisation or your course and can be contacted on 1300 793 011. You may also contact us via and request a return phone call.

During the initial stages, they may touch base with you via email to see how you’re managing your new role as a student.

Course Fees

Fees are detailed on a separate brochure and we can talk you through the options. We may have funded student places available throughout the year for people who are not currently employed or are employed on a casual basis (providing they meet the eligibility requirements). Please enquire when you contact our office as the places are limited and may not always be available.

Employees of the Tasmanian Health service do not have fees applied.

Want to know more? Contact the RTO Team.