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Accredited course
Mode of Delivery:
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Course Duration:
15 months
Commencing in:
  • 2024

2024 Intake

Intake Date Campus Attendance Days
23/07/2024 Traralgon Tuesday 9:00am-3:00pm

About this course

Do you have a passion for working within your community supporting people with mental health issues to improve their health and wellbeing?
Our Certificate IV in Mental Health will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work in a variety of roles in mental health and social services.
This course will prepare you for roles in clinical, community and residential settings with a focus on mental health. This includes a range of community contexts including non-government organisations, providing NDIS psychosocial supports, home-based outreach, and respite care.

According to the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW), one in five people experience poor mental health and behavioural conditions, and it is rising. Millions of individuals have their lives impacted by spiking mental health issues.
This course will give you the fundamental knowledge of core topics such as:
• Trauma informed care.
• Provide recovery oriented mental health support.
• Establish self-directed recovery relationships.
• Assessing and promoting wellbeing.
• Facilitating self-advocacy.
• Working with other service providers.
• Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety.
To achieve this qualification, you must have completed at least 80 hours of placement work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2024. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.

Career Opportunities

- Community Rehabilitation Worker,
- Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker,
- Outreach Officer,
- Mental Health Outreach Worker,
- Assistant Community Services Worker,
- Mental Health Support Worker
- Mental Health Recovery Coach
- Psychosocial Recovery Coach
- Psychosocial Disability Support Worker
- Support Coordinator
- Consumer Peer Support Worker
- Mental Health and Disability Support Worker
- Behaviour Support Worker
- Behaviour Therapists Assistant
- Adventure Therapy Worker
- Residential Youth Worker
- Mental Health Engagement Worker
- Various Support roles

Opportunities for Further Study

Diploma of Community Services
Diploma of Mental Health
Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Skills or Knowledge gained

Intake and assessment
Rapport building
Case note writing
Safe work practices
Group work
Team work
Planning and organising
Working with at risk individuals and groups
Working with diverse people
Family violence
Alcohol Other Drugs
Mental health
Crisis work
Legislation and compliance
Policies and procedures
Roles and responsibilities

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

Applicants must undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and gain the expected level to be considered for this course. Applicants must also complete a Pre-Training Review and be interviewed for this course.
Other requirements are:
18years or over
Drivers licence
Clear Police and Working With Children Check
NDIS Worker Screening Check (required for Placement and where applicable)
Access to suitable technology

Recommended entry Requirements:

The Certificate IV in Mental Health requires students to complete demanding academic tasks, in order to be successful with the Certificate coursework and practical placement, students are required to perform and demonstrate a number of skills in a safe manner to those they are working with, themselves, other students and staff.
By understanding the task required within the course work and practical placement students can make an informed decision whether the program is suitable prior to enrolment

Minimum Industry Requirement

  • Working with children check
  • Police check

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV In Mental Health.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: Yes

As part of your face-to-face learning, you'll need to complete 80 hours of mandatory placement facilitated by TAFE Gippsland. Students may need to travel in order to obtain placement due to thin markets in the NDIS.

Placement to be arranged by: Institute

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt) $1,104.10 $5,520.50 $13,665.50
Materials fee* (GST exempt) $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Total $1,104.10 $5,520.50 $13,665.50
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with fees

Sample course units

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
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

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.