Certificate IV in Mental Health


Course Length

Part time:

9 months


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Benalla - Samaria Road

Seymour - Wallis Street

Delivery Mode


Course Overview

Learn how to provide support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability with the Certificate IV in Mental Health.

Providing with the knowledge you need to enter an ever-growing industry, this course will teach you the skills to provide self-directed, recovery-oriented support, implement community-based programs, and organise and run activities.

You'll also gain important transferable skills in case management and program coordination, which will make you a valuable employee in a range of community services organisations.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Community Services or Mental Health industry as a:

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

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

Blended - Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon & Tues - 9am to 4pm/2021

Blended - Starts on 16/02/2022 - Wed Thu, 1 Wed/mth on campus - 9am to 4pm/ 2022

Seymour - Wallis Street

Blended - Starts on 12/07/2021 - Mon & Tue - 9am to 4pm/2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $4,856.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $968.00

3. Full Fee: $12,882.00

Course Materials: $320.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

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 Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

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 and writing, and exit level 2 in numeracy.
  • Attend an interview.
  • Hold a current and successful Working with Children Check.
  • Hold a current and successful Police Check.

Course Study Units

Core Units
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
Elective Units
CHCCCS003 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCDFV001 - Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCSOH001 - Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness
HLTAID011 - Provide First Aid

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Oral presentations
  • Roleplays
  • Workplace observations/demonstrations
  • Simulations
  • Written tasks

Additional Information

After graduating, work can be 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
  • Supporting people in employment

Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Course Co-ordinator

Fiona Hepburn

Attendance & Commitment

Students attend face-to-face classes 2 days per week for 30 weeks. Students are expected to undertake approximately 3 hours of research per week of study over the course duration. In addition, there is a component of online content and students are expected to engage in online self-paced learning and assessments which involve research time and completing assessment tasks.

Students also undertake 80 hours of mandatory work placement which is undertaken in a block or set up as 1-2 days per week at the back end of the course to allow students to consolidate skills and knowledge in the workplace and complete assessments.

Students are strongly encouraged to engage with their trainer outside their training in order to enhance their learning by using the opportunity to clarify assessment via face to face meetings, email, GOLEARN platform and phone where required.

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.

Learning support

A free and confidential service to help you build the foundation skills you need to be successful at TAFE. Improve your english language, maths and/or writing skills; enhance your computer, exam and study skills.

Learn more about our learning support services


Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

Reach out to our Skills and Jobs Centres

Student Support

Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


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

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

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.