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CHC43515 - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Duration :              10 Months

Delivery Mode:      Blended, Workplace / Traineeship

Start Date:              Enrol Anytime

Recognition:           Nationally Recognised Training

Quality Assurance: As a registered training organisation (RTO) Hammond Institute operates within the Vocational Education and Training Quality Framework (VETQF) and the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) delivering nationally recognised qualifications and units of competency.

CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work  qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.

  • Mental Health Peer Support Worker
  • Participation Coordinator
  • Carer Consultant
  • Carer Support Worker

The following  employment pathways are available to learners who complete Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work :

  • Mental Health Peer Support Worker
  • Participation Coordinator
  • Carer Consultant
  • Carer Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Coordinator – Mental Health (Carer Peer Work

There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into this course. Students may enrol directly in the certificate IV level course without completing lower ranked qualifications.

Graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

Students must satisfy the following age, English and Academic requirements:

  • Age: must be 17 years or over
  • Undertake Pre-Training Review
  • Undertake LLN test: Learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) is desirable to participate in the course.
  • Police Check – Students undertaking this course are required to provide a current Police Check with no disclosures.
Government Funded Fee* Government Funded Concession Fee** Administration Fees Fee for Service
N/A N/A $0 $4,000 (500 x 8 Monthly payments)

For full list of other optional fees that may be applicable, please refer to our Course Fees page.

*To be eligible for Victorian government subsidised training fees, the candidate must meet the Skills First eligibility criteria.

**Under the Indigenous Completions Initiative, Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander students pay only the concession tuition fee for government subsidised training at all qualification levels (including at Diploma and above).

Delivery methods:
The range of delivery methods may include, but not limited to the following:

  • lectures / Instructions
  • pre-reading
  • demonstrations and modelling
  • practice opportunities
  • brainstorming activities
  • group discussions
  • guided facilitation of individual or group learning activities, group work or project-based case studies

 

Delivery Structure:

  • Delivery structure is comprised of classroom training sessions, structured learning such as training support, learning activities, self-paced (to allow the learners to absorb and reflect on their learning), workshops and work placement.
  • The unit of competency will be delivered and assessed as stand-alone unit.

 

Delivery Locations:

  • Dandenong
  • Werribee
  • Craigieburn
  • Melton
  • Box Hill

Notes: Additional locations may be allocated to meet a group of learner cohort’s needs and based on demand (if practicable for Hammond Institute)

The further study pathways available to learners who undertake  this qualification include:

Diploma’s from Community Services Training Package.

Assessment method may include:

  • Knowledge Questions
  • Written Assignment & Case studies
  • Workplace Assessment
  • Log Book
  • Projects / Research Reviews

All assessment will be conducted in accordance with the Training Package requirements, Principles of Assessment and Rules of Evidence (https://www.asqa.gov.au/standards/chapter-4/clauses-1.8-1.12)

To achieve Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualification the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work placement as detailed in the assessment requirements of the units of competency. If a student is unable to find appropriate work placement, Hammond Institute will assist in finding the work placements.

The CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work requires 15 units of Competency.
8 core units and 7 elective units.

Core Units:

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

 

Industry Suggested Electives:

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
VU22853 Apply human rights-based approach to the identification prevention and reporting of disability abuse
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
VU22733 Identify and provide initial response to family violence risk

To learn more about what is included in the units above, click here and type in the unit code.

Other Electives options are available. Discuss options with the course coordinator.

Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment.

Hammond Institute does not use brokers or deliver this course through third party arrangements.

Job Facts


  • $1,374
    Weekly Pay
  • 36,000 workers
    Employment Size
  • Very Strong
    Future Growth
  • Higher Employment
    Employment Level
  • 63% Full-Time
    Full-Time Share
  • 78% female
    Gender Share

Source: Department of Employment. For full details on Aged and Disabled Carers visit Job Outlook