Certificate IV in Mental Health

Course Code CHC43315

Working in the area of Mental Health involves providing support to people living with a mental illness. Through the community services qualifications work may focus on engaging people with mental illness in community participation, working to prevent relapses and promoting recovery through programs such as residential rehabilitation, work in clinical settings, home based outreach and centre-based programs delivered by community based non-government organisations. This work may also involve supported employment and programmed respite care.

The Certificate IV in Mental Health focuses on rehabilitation and support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability, implementing community based activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability, and mental health promotion work.

While the Diploma of Community Services (Mental Health) includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services, and requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

Employment for this occupation rose very strongly in the past five years and in the long-term (ten years). Looking forward, employment for Mental Health Workers to November 2020 is expected to grow strongly.

Delivery Method

The Certificate IV in Mental Health is delivered through a blended delivery method.

Students are provided with learner resources and assessment handbooks for each unit of competency.  Theory assessment is submitted through our online assessment management system.  Students will also complete any practical skills through work placement.

Practical Placement

Health Industry Training recognises that an important part of undertaking a qualification in health or community services is the practical component of the course. Practical placement provides students with an avenue to apply practical skills in a ‘real life’ environment where you can practice the skills and knowledge you have learnt during the course. 

It is compulsory for students to undertake 80 hours of practical placement for the Certificate IV in Mental Health.  

Securing Practical Placement

As a student it is important for you to discuss work placement opportunities with local organisations.  Practical placement must be sourced prior to enrolment in this qualification. 

Once you have sourced a relevant host employer, Health Industry Training will contact them on your behalf to discuss practical placement requirements.

Insurance

Health Industry Training provides insurance to all students undertaking unpaid work placement as part of their qualification.

Pre-requirements

As a student you must ensure you have completed the necessary ‘Prior to practical work placement’ activities listed below before practical placement can commence.

  • National Criminal History Clearance

Assessment Methods

Health Industry Training uses a range of assessment methods to ensure sufficient evidence can be gathered to demonstrate you can perform the tasks against the specified criteria. Assessment methods can include:

  • Short answer questions
  • Projects / Reports
  • Case studies
  • Scenarios
  • Observation of practical skills

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL considers previous formal study and work experience and then assesses this against the elements of competency to determine competency. Students seeking recognition can apply for RPL on enrolment or throughout the duration of their study.

Credit Transfer

If you have completed a unit of competency within your intended qualification with another Registered Training Organisation (RTO), you may be able to apply for a credit transfer or exemption. A copy of the original transcript must be provided when applying for a credit transfer.

Entry Requirements

To enrol in the Certificate IV in Mental Health, it is anticipated that you will have completed year 10 or equivalent.

In addition, students are required to provide Health Industry Training with their Unique Student Identifier number.

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age for this course is 16 years old.  If you are under 18 years of age your enrolment form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Requirements

Students must have an adequate level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills (LLN).  Entry into the course requires English proficiency to Year 10 level or equivalent. Students are able to test their LLN skills by completing an LLN test by emailing info@healthindustrytraining.org.

Funding for Queensland Residents

Health Industry Training is proud to be a pre-qualified supplier for the Queensland Government, under the Higher Level Skills program. To be eligible for the Higher Level Skills funding, participants must not hold or be undertaking a Certificate IV or higher qualification.  Participants must be an existing worker in the Community Services and Health Industry.

 It is a requirement under the Queensland Government funding that all students contribute to the cost of training and assessment services. The fee may be paid on behalf of the student by a third party including an employer but cannot be paid or waived by Health Industry Training.

The contribution fee is different for students classed as concession and students classed as non-concession.

Concessional student status applies when:

  • the student holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card issued under Commonwealth law, or is the partner or a dependant of a person who holds a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card and is named on the card;
  • the student provides Health Industry Training with an official form under Commonwealth law confirming that the student, their partner or the person of whom the student is a dependant is entitled to concessions under a Health Care or Pensioner Concession Card;
  • the student is an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
  • the student is a school student and is enrolled in a VETiS program (may include young people in detention);
  • the student has a disability; or
  • the student is an adult prisoner.

Non-concessional student status applies if:

  • none of the above relates to the student status at the time of enrolment; or
  • the contribution fees are paid by a third-party including employer, or job network provider.

Funding for South Australia Residents

Health Industry Training is proud to be a preferred supplier for the South Australia government’s WorkReady initiative. You may be eligible for government subsidised training if you live or work in South Australia and you are:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent Australian resident, or
  • an eligible visa holder

and you are:

  • 16 years or over and not enrolled at school, or
  • 16 years or over, enrolled in school and undertaking training through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS), or
  • undertaking training through a training contract as an apprentice or trainee in an identified course

Eligible participants can access:

  • one foundation skills course (if assessed to need it)
  • up to five bridging units at every qualification level (if assessed to need them)
  • unlimited priority courses.

To check your eligibility for funding visit https://www.skills.sa.gov.au/subsidised-eligibility

Traineeship

Skilling South Australia provides subsidies towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Trainees and Apprentices. The program aims to assist people to get skills and qualifications to build careers and meet the workforce needs of industry through growth in Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

For more information on Skilling South Australia funding, please visit https://www.skilling.sa.gov.au/

Other States – This course is also available to be delivered as a traineeship in other states.  Training is available for new and existing employees.   Please contact your preferred apprenticeship centre to arrange sign up of your Traineeship.

Fee-paying

To assist students who are not eligible for funding, Health Industry Training offers financial assistance by allowing students to take advantage of our affordable payment plan options (weekly, fortnightly or monthly instalments) (see enrolment form for additional information)

Throughout your course with Health Industry Training, you will be provided with a range of support services depending on your individual needs.

Trainer Support

You will be provided with a team of dedicated trainers who are there to support and guide you through.  You may contact a trainer via phone and e-mail for assistance. Your main support trainer will also contact you on a regular basis to ensure you are on track to finish your qualification within your timeframe. Our professional trainers are there to ensure you have a successful learning journey.

In addition to your trainer, the administration team can provide you with support including your enrolment, changes to contact details or study plan, progress report and any issues you may encounter throughout your course.

The Certificate IV in Mental Health has been packaged to include:

15 units are required to be awarded the qualification including:

  • 11 core units
  • 4 elective units

The course combines theoretical and practical work placement experience.  The theoretical component of the course provides the student with the relevant knowledge required to work in the primary health care sector.

The practical placement experience provides students with the practical knowledge and skills for students to work in a practical setting on completion of the qualification.

To view the course outline, including the recommended order in which to complete your units, click on the ‘Download Course Outline’ button on the left hand side of this page

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Courses Duration

Maximum 24 months

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Course Fees

Queensland

High Level Skills:

Concession - $150

Non concession - $825

South Australia

WorkReady - $800

Traineeship - $800

Full Fee Paying

$5500

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Delivery Method

Flexible

Individual needs approach to learning
Work Placement

Prospective
Career Roles

Community rehabilitation and support worker
Mental health rehabilitation support worker
Community support worker
Mental health support worker
Mental health outreach worker

Enrolment Method

Open enrolment

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