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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online (With on-campus workshops)
15 months
Starting Date:
15/03/2022 and 18/07/2022
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Course Overview

Are you passionate about sound mental health? Would you like to help those affected by mental ill-health?

A Certificate IV in Metal Health will see you support the self-directed recovery and growth of people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability, while implementing community-based programs and activities that focus on mental health, mental illness and disabilities.

You’ll be able to choose your areas of focus as you work autonomously under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals, meaning your learning is 100 per cent up to you! Sounds like a dream to us.

Taught online and on-campus over a 15-month period, your learning will be facilitated through online classes and fortnightly face to face workshops. These workshops will help you connect with your peers and seek the advice of our expert teachers, to ensure you’re feeling confident and prepared to enter this rewarding industry.

When you complete this course, there are many career options open to you as you work in your community, in non-government organisations, home based outreach, centre-based programs, respite care, residential services, clinics, rehabilitation programs and employment sectors.

Some of these options might see you working as a Community Rehabilitation Worker, a Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, an Outreach Officer, a Mental Health Outreach Worker or an Assistant Community Services Worker.

There is also the option to take your career further by studying a Diploma of Mental Health, a Diploma of Community Service, or a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs. All of these courses will give you more specialised skills and increase your employment opportunities in the future - and we will be here to talk you through all your options when the time comes, because we know these choices aren’t always easy!

This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Monday 9am – 3pm. Delivered through facilitated online classes and fortnightly face to face workshops.

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

Community Rehabilitation Worker, Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Outreach Officer, Mental Health Outreach Worker, Assistant Community Services Worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

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.

Click here to read the Inherent Requirements for this course


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer and an Internet connection.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



80 hours
Placement is arranged by: Institute

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships
CHCDFV001Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety


Written assignments, participation in forums, quizzes, case studies