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  • CHC43315

Certificate IV in Mental Health

At a glance

At a glance

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.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Mental Health Officer
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Community Services Worker
COURSE OUTCOME

CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

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Course overview

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.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 4 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001
Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003
Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007
Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008
Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety
VPC080
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
North and Far North Queensland
CHCMHS007
Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
HLTWHS006
Manage personal stressors in the work environment
Greater Brisbane
CHCEDU001
Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCSOH001
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Sunshine Coast
CHCCOM002
Use communication to build relationships
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
CHCEDU001
Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
CHCSOH001
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
Darling Downs and South West
CHCSOH001
Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
CHCEDU001
Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies
CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD001
Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

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.

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This is the total cost of the course you need to pay when you enrol if you are not eligible for a subsidy or concession.

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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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

The following Selection Criteria only applies to the Greater Brisbane Region:

  • you are required to be an existing worker in the Community Services industry.

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in 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.

Please note: prior to placement you will need to complete a Criminal History Check (yellow card) and apply for a Blue Card (working with children check). 

If your police check identifies that you have a criminal history, you may be disqualified from being eligible to undertake placement and assessment, which would affect your course outcomes. If you think this might impact you, please speak to the relevant Vocational Placement Coordinator for further information.

You will be responsible for any costs associated with meeting these placement requirements.

Need to know

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
  • 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.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

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. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

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
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland