Frequently Asked Questions

Mental Health and Mental Health Peer Work Education and Training

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Cert IV in Mental Health/Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work involve?

Both qualifications require 15 Units of competency to be successfully completed and 80 hours of work placement (in a workplace where service delivery is related to mental health).

Both courses are delivered in a blended learning & teaching environment. These are:

  • face to face component
  • on-line component, and
  • work placement

Students are also required to undertake study and activities in their own time, also known as private study. The amount of private study time needed will vary owing to:

  • Individual learning styles
  • Level of knowledge & understanding
  • Personal preferences

Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for those that wish to apply and meet the criteria. Please indicate this on your enrolment form and ensure that you talk about this at your enrolment interview.

What is the difference between the two courses?

The main differences are;

  • Persons undertaking the Cert IV Mental Health Peer Work Qualification must have a lived experience as a person with a mental health condition or a person who cares for or has cared for someone (for example, a family member, not as a paid role in a workplace) who has a mental health condition.
  • The roles that you intend to work in or are working in have a different focal point. Students who have Cert IV in Mental Health are usually employed in support roles in a Government or Community Service. Sometimes, these roles often involve shift and weekend work.
  • A mental health peer worker, is generally employed as a Peer Worker (Peer Support) where they use their lived experience to assist others with their recovery journey by:
    • helping them to navigate the systems
    • use parts of their story to inspire hope
    • providing support through someone who has been through a similar experience or life adjustments

Do you train state-wide?

Yes, both qualifications are delivered state-wide. Students can undertake study in Hobart, Launceston, St Helens or Burnie.

St Helens and Burnie are not delivered every year, talk to us about where you are and the best option for you.

In 2021, we also have limited fully inclusive places for residents of Central Coast Council and Tasman Council provided by the JobTrainer fund, an initiative of the Australian Government and Tasmanian Government. Course enrolments close 19 March 2021, contact us for more details.

How long does the course go for?

Full time study - Approximately 17 weeks of face to face study, 80 hours of work placement after completion of all assessment tasks (other than those required in work placement).

Part Time Study – A personalized learning plan is co-developed with the educator and the student based on needs.

Note that we do not deliver training during Tasmanian school holidays, so the 17 weeks are not consecutive.
The course delivery may depend on the location where you are undertaking study.

What is the cost?

Costs are detailed for both qualifications in the Course Fee Information brochure. Ask us for a copy.

There are limited funded places available for those who are unemployed or casually employed. Let us know if you are after a funded place. See below for more information.

For those who are eligible (e.g. Health Care Card holders) there is a discount and reduction in fees available.

We also have flexible payment options available.

What is required to be eligible for a fully funded place?

To be eligible for the fully funded place you are required to be unemployed or casually employed at the time you are formally enrolled and commence your course. There are only limited funded places available, unfortunately eligibility does not mean you will automatically gain a funded place.
If you do receive a funded place the funds are paid directly to the RTO by the funding body.

You need to indicate on the enrolment form that you would like a funded place. Your eligibility will be reviewed at the enrolment interview.

I’m interested to enrol, or find out more, what next?

Contact the RTO team now so we can provide you with all the information you require to get started.

Phone: 1300 793 011

Email:  rto-connect@ths.tas.gov.au