CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health



Community Services

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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 organizations, 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.

What will I learn?

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Work legally and ethically
  • Establish recovery relationships and provide recovery oriented services
  • Working collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • Facilitating responsible behaviour and supporting independence and wellbeing
  • Recognising and responding to crisis situations

How is it delivered?

This course is available through the following options:

  • Blended learning - self-paced study using a combination of e-learning and face-to-face(if required). Support with phone calls, and emails. Programs are tailored to the learner’s style and needs.

Units of Competency

How many units are needed for the qualification?

You must be assessed as competent in a total of 15 units of competency, 11 core units and 4 elective units to be awarded the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health.


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Course Requirements

As part of the course, you are required to complete 80 hours of work placement within a mental health or community services facility. Your work placement provides the opportunity to:

  • Strengthen experience of the workplace to support future expectations of performance in the workforce
  • Develop practical skills and the application of knowledge within the workplace to promote stronger embedding of learning
  • Provide exposure to real workplace situations and circumstances which cannot be replicated in a learning environment or through


Please note that certain units have practical work placement hours that are required to be completed before the unit is deemed competent. These hours can be completed within your practicum. If you are currently working, these hours can be counted. To complete this certificate, it will take approximately 6 months- 2 years (600- 2400 hours). These timelines may differ depending on the type of funding and study arrangement.

Note: *All participants undertaking this course must apply for a Blue Card prior to commencing Vocational Placement. There is no cost associated with applying for a Blue Card when you apply through CEDAR Centre as a student. Under some funded programs, you may not be able to commence your course if ineligible for a blue card. Further information on the Blue Card can be found at https://www.bluecard.qld.gov.au/volunteers/index.html

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your history of life and work experiences as well as formal and informal training may be applied using the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. All students are offered RPL upon enrolment or commencement of training. Documentary evidence will be required.

Funding & Costs

This qualification is offered through:

  • Higher Level Skills*
  • Fee-for-Service

*To be eligible for HLS funding you must be an existing worker in the community services industry

You can refer to the following documents for further information:

Course Fee Guide

Policies & procedures


How do I enrol?


Please contact us for enrolment information.

Call:       07 4512 6770

Email:   info@cedarcentre.com.au

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