Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Course Code CHC43515
Campus Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details
Duration 835 hours

Course Overview

The CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work is the recognised qualification to become a qualified Community Peer Support Worker or Community Outreach Peer Worker.

This 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.

This course is delivered on campus. You will be enrolled into a current qualification.

Pathways / Employment Opportunities

The CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work is designed for those wishing to further their knowledge and skills to seek employment in the Mental Health and Community Services industry as a Peer Support Worker or a Community Outreach Peer Worker.

Working in this industry may involve shift work including working on weekends. Working a variety of environments, including private homes. Driving clients to appointments may also be required.

Further studies
After gaining the CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work, students may choose to continue their studies into the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health or CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Sessions - Dates/Times

Contact your local GOTAFE campus on 1300 GOTAFE (468 233) for full details

Attendance and Commitment

Students are required to attend all scheduled classes and complete all assessments

Students will attend 1 day per week for 6 hours each day

Students will also be required to undertake a minimum of 10 hours per week of self-directed study in addition to classroom attendance.

Students will also have access to additional 6 hours per week is scheduled for access to trainers and LLN support, in a structured drop-in study session.

Course Co-ordinator

Name: Anne Cowton
Location: Wangaratta

Fee Information
Type Average Enrolled Hours Hourly Fee Rate Indicative Tuition Fee Hourly Govt Subsidy Rate Total Govt Contribution
Govt Subsidised-Standard 835 $5.20 $4,342.00 $10.00 $8,350.00
Govt Subsidised-Standard Concession 835 $1.04 $868.40 $10.00 $8,350.00
Full Fee 835 $6.50 $5,427.50 N/A N/A
Course Materials 835 $0.35 $292.25 N/A N/A

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:

  • Attend an interview
  • 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

Applicants also require a:

  • current and satisfactory National Police Check
  • current and satisfactory Working with Children Check
  • Level 2 First Aid certificate
Units of Competency

CHC43515 – Core Units

CHCPWK003 – Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
CHCPWK001 – Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCMHS011 – Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCPWK002 – Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
HLTWHS001 – Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCMHS008 – Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS007 – Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCDIV001 – Work with diverse people

CHC43515 – Elective Units

CHCADV001 – Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCCCS003 – Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCADV002 – Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCCCS019 – Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCPWK004 – Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
CHCPWK005 – Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
CHCYTH011 – Work effectively with young people and their families

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Quizzes
  • Short answer questions
  • Workplace demonstration
  • Role play
  • Simulation
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.

Enrolment in an apprenticeship course is commenced after GOTAFE receives a Training Contract completed at an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). To locate an AASN, please go to australianapprenticeships.gov.au or call 13 38 73.

Enrolment in an enterprise-only course is undertaken with the organisation requesting this for their workers.

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.