Certificate IV in Mental Health

Course Code CHC43315
Campus Benalla - Samaria Road, Seymour - Wallis Street
Duration 875 hours

Course Overview

The CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health is the recognised qualification to become a qualified:

  • Community worker
  • Social welfare worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Mental Health Worker
  • Welfare worker

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability.

Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Please note: this course is available as part of the 2019 Free TAFE Courses for eligible on-campus students.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Community Services and/or Mental Health industry.

Working in this industry may involve supervision of other workers and volunteers and/or case management; program coordination or the development of new business opportunities contexts and may involve shift and weekend work.

Further studies
After gaining the CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health, you might wish to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Campus Times
Benalla – Samaria Road 2 days per week plus 1 day per week of unstructured learning – SEMESTER 1
Benalla – Samaria Road 2 days per week plus 1 day per week of unstructured learning – SEMESTER 2
Seymour – Wallis Street 2 days per week plus 1 day per week of unstructured learning – SEMESTER 1
Seymour – Wallis Street 2 days per week plus 1 day per week of unstructured learning – SEMESTER 2

Attendance and Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students will be enrolled in 875 hours of training.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions, webinars and complete self-paced online learning on Moodle.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Mary Katsoutas
Location: Shepparton

Fee Information
Type Cost
Govt Subsidised-Standard $4,663.75
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession $932.75
Govt Subsidised-Trainee $4,138.75
Govt Subsidised-Trainee Concession $827.75
Full Fee $12,101.25
Course Materials $306.25

Please note that the advertised fees relate to 2019.   For enrolments this year, please contact us for confirmation.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

You will receive an Indicative Fee Statement when you decide upon your course. A finalised invoice will be issued upon enrolment. Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Book Shop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your Course Information session or during the Pre-Training review Interview.

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements
There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements
Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course. Students are required to meet exit level 3 in reading, writing and numeracy.
  • Attend a formal interview
  • Hold a current and successful Working with Children check
  • Hold a current and successful Police Check
Units of Competency

CHC43315 – Core Units
CHCMHS011 – Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS002 – Establish self-directed recovery relationships
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCDIV002 – Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS008 – Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS003 – Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS005 – Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS004 – Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCLEG001 – Work legally and ethically
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Oral Presentations
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Written tasks
Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification.  There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking.  You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.
Information Sessions

For further information regarding this course please call 1300 468 233.


Please note:  Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review.  This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer
Individual Needs

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Learner’s Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.
Further information is provided at course induction.

Student Welfare Unit

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.
Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Where to from here?

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or click Enquire Now.