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CHC43315

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Begin your career in the community services or health industry with this entry-level course that will qualify you to work in mental health in a broad range of settings.

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TIME 1 year / Full Time NEXT START DATE 11 Jul 2022
STUDY LOCATIONS Greater Brisbane Darling Downs and South West
WAYS TO STUDY On campus Apprenticeships and traineeships
WHAT YOU'LL PAY
Concession
$405
Subsidised
$1,095
Full Fee
$6,585
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Course overview

Kick start your career in mental health with this entry-level qualification. This course will give you the specialised skills and knowledge needed to work with people with complex needs in both community services and healthcare settings. Growth in the mental health sector is strong with the Australian Government expecting to see more than 50,000 job openings in the next five years.

This course will equip you to provide services to people with coexisting mental health and drug and alcohol dependencies, to provide community-focused health promotion and prevention strategies, and work within the frameworks of trauma-informed care. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to succeed in the industry.

Successful completion of this course will give you the skills to work as a mental health officer or mental health support worker.

What can I do?

  • Mental Health Officer
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Community Services Worker

Course outcome:

CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

Strong industry partnerships

As part of your course, you get valuable experience in real workplaces. Our strong partnerships mean you will learn the skills you need, while also getting to know potential future employers.

Supportive teaching staff

Our passionate teaching team have years of industry experience and are committed to seeing you succeed in your studies. You're being taught by people who know what employers are looking for and where the sector is headed.

What you will study.

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units from the list below. You will also be required to undertake 80 hours of vocational placement in an approved setting. 

  • UNIT CODE
  • UNIT NAME

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV001
    Work with diverse people
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work with diverse people

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCDIV002
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCDIV002
    Unit description :

    The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCLEG001
    Work legally and ethically
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCLEG001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and work within the legal and ethical frameworks that apply to an individual job role.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work legally and ethically

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS002
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS002
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote the principles of recovery oriented practice, and to establish and confirm self-directed recovery relationships with people with mental illness.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Establish self-directed recovery relationships

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS003
    Provide recovery oriented mental health services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS003
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively in providing services to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery oriented service provision for people with mental illness.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide recovery oriented mental health services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS004
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS004
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS005
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS005
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS007
    Work effectively in trauma informed care
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS007
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Work effectively in trauma informed care

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS008
    Promote and facilitate self advocacy
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS008
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to encourage, support and promote self-advocacy. The promotion and facilitation of self-advocacy contributes to a person's self-determination, empowerment and right to make informed choices in regard to all aspects of their life.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Promote and facilitate self advocacy

  • UNIT CODE
  • CHCMHS011
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
    UNIT CODE :
    CHCMHS011
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

  • UNIT CODE
  • HLTWHS001
    Participate in workplace health and safety
    UNIT CODE :
    HLTWHS001
    Unit description :

    This unit describes the skills and knowledge required for workers to participate in safe work practices to ensure their own health and safety, and that of others. The unit applies to all workers who require knowledge of workplace health and safety (WHS) to carry out their own work, either under direct supervision or with some individual responsibility.

  • UNIT NAME
  • Participate in workplace health and safety

CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $405
  • Subsidised: $1,095
  • Full fee: $6,585
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Toowoomba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE
CAMPUS START DATES DURATION WORKLOAD STUDY MODE WHAT YOU'LL PAY
South Bank
11 Jul 2022
1 year
Full time 3 days per week
Mixed mode
  • Concession: $405
  • Subsidised: $1,095
  • Full fee: $6,585
CAMPUS APPRENTICESHIP/TRAINEESHIP DELIVERY MODE
Toowoomba
Traineeship
WORKPLACE
DROP IN DAYS
BLOCK TRAINING
DAY RELEASE
MOBILE VAN
MIXED MODE

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Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)

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Certificate IV in Mental Health

COURSE CODE: CHC43315
Payment Options

How can I pay for this course?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what’s right for you, get in touch. We’re here to help. 

Payment plan

If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Upfront payment

This may be the full fee for the course, or the student contribution amount if you are eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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Important Information

Read this before applying.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Placement

You may be required to have full COVID-19 vaccination to undertake vocational placement in a range of Community Services organisations. Potential students are advised to seek current information as policies may be updated.

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the community services industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 80 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Prior to placement, you will need to provide evidence of the following checks:

You can apply for both the NDIS Worker Screening Clearance and Blue Card by completing a combined application via the NDIS Worker Screening Portal

Please note: TAFE Queensland wishes to warn you, as a Blue Card applicant, that it is an offence for a disqualified person to sign a Blue Card application.  For further information regarding 'disqualified' persons, please contact Blue Card Services

Depending on where your placement is conducted, further checks may be required. Your Vocational Placement Coordinator or Teacher can discuss this with you on an individual basis.

Need to know

For all students who are undertaking courses that include Vocational Placements in a high risk workplace, Queensland Health has directed that students must declare your COVID-19 Vaccination status and evidence to either TAFE Queensland or the placement provider. 

This may require you providing us or the placement provider information on:

  • Your vaccinate status
  • Last date of vaccination
  • Evidence of vaccine status

Where this information will be collected as part of your application and / or enrolment process.  Any data collected will be managed under the TAFE Queensland Privacy Policy.

This requirement is in place for all students in affected courses, including TAFE at School students.

Those students who have a medical contraindication may be unable to complete the vocational placement component of their course. This means you may not be able to meet all of the requirements of your course and may not be able to graduate or receive your qualification.

If you have any questions or concerns with this requirement, please contact our COVID hotline on 07 3307 4789.

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To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills subsidised price, you must:

  • be an existing worker in the Community Services and Health Industry. Existing workers must provide a letter from their employer stating that they are an employee of the organisation or a current payslip that displays the ABN and Trading name;
  • be aged 15 years or over, and no longer at school;
  • permanently reside in Queensland;
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident (includes humanitarian entrant), temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency, or a New Zealand citizen; and
  • not hold or be currently enrolled in a Certificate IV or higher-level qualification (does not include qualifications completed at school or foundation skills training).

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Pathways

University Pathways.

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about University Pathways

  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Federation University
  • University of Southern Queensland

How to Apply

Direct application

If you're ready to get started, simply hit the Apply Now button on your preferred course information page and get your application underway online. 

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers

Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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