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  • CHC43515

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

At a glance

At a glance

Specifically designed for people who have a lived experience of mental illness, this course will allow you to aid people in their journey of recovery from mental illness.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Coordinator - Mental Health (Carer Peer Work)
  • Coordinator - Mental Health (Consumer Peer Work)
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
COURSE OUTCOME

CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

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Course overview

Course overview

Expand your skills in mental health with this mid-level qualification. Learn how to guide and provide advice to aid people in their journey of recovery from mental illness. This course has been designed for people with a lived experience of mental illness (as a consumer or carer) who want to work or volunteer within the mental health sector. Growth in the mental health workforce is strong, with the Australian Government expecting to see more than 50,000 job openings in the sector over the next five years.

In this course you can choose to specialise in either consumer peer work or carer peer work. In both specialisations you'll develop communication skills, learn how to work with a diverse range of people, and gain experience working within the recovery framework. Our highly-experienced team of industry professionals will give you the one-on-one guidance needed to succeed in the industry.

Upon completion of this course you will be qualified to work in a range of residential, outreach, and peer support programs as a mental health peer worker. 

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 7 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
CHCMHS007
Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008
Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCPWK001
Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002
Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
CHCPWK003
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and safety

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCPWK004
Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
CHCPWK005
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
CHCGRP002
Plan and conduct group activities
CHCMHS002
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003
Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS005
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRP001
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCDIS003
Support community participation and social inclusion
M00VPC80
Vocational placement

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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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Vocational placement

During your course, TAFE Queensland will arrange a vocational placement for you in a health care facility, 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. You may also be required to cover the cost of travel and/or accommodation necessary to complete your placement.

Completing a 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.

Resources required

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

You will be provided with a recommended reading list and/or required textbooks during orientation or at the start of each unit. The purchase of these resources may incur additional costs, or you may be able to borrow them from the TAFE Queensland library network.

You are responsible for meeting the minimum standard of dress. For placement this includes having access to and wearing appropriate attire including black or navy pants and fully enclosed shoes. You may also be required to purchase TAFE Queensland branded uniform items (including a polo shirt). More details will be provided after enrolment or during orientation.

You are also required to bring a xx (e.g. personal stationary)

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