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Certificate IV in Mental Health

  • National Course Code: CHC43315
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC43315-01V03-20HAM-156

Location – Hamilton

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

04 Feb 2020

Hours Per Week



37 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Mental Health is your ideal entry into an industry that is experiencing huge demand due to increased awareness of mental health issues. Practice supporting people in a real work environment and be ready to make a difference.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn how to:

  • Work collaboratively with other services
  • Understand trauma care
  • Respond to crises
  • Support people experiencing mental illness and psychiatric disability


Develop skills that will help you get ahead in this field:

  • Critical thinking
  • Conflict resolution
  • Empower people to find solutions


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career

Career opportunities:

  • Mental Health worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Mental Health Intake Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker


Take your career further:

  • Diploma of Mental Health
  • Diploma of Community Services
  • Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Diploma of Counselling
  • Bachelor of Community Services with TAFE NSW Degrees


Mental health awareness is on the rise. People are more comfortable finding help and this has led to increased demand for mental health services.

There is around 6,000 new jobs forecast to open each year until 2023. This makes now a great time to start studying towards a career in Mental Health Support Work.

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be eligible for this course, you must:

  • Be able to participate in 80 hours of work placement
  • Meet the requirements of the industry work placement organisation which may include Working with Children Check (WWCC), Criminal History Check, Vaccination and Health Screenings.

Contact us if you are unsure if you are able to satisfy these requirements.


No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification.


At TAFE NSW we provide training that includes hands-on, practical experience. Work placement ensures you have the job ready skills to achieve competency in this course.

There is a mandatory 80 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer that is included in this course.

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will either arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one. The decision on where you will be placed is guided through a nomination process of your preferred area and your personal circumstances.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Enjoy working with people during difficult situations and circumstances
  • Are empathetic, patient and able to empower others
  • Have good organisational skills, are able to multi-task and respond well to rapid change


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.


Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.


Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to Meet NSW Healths - Criminal Record Check requirements; Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health; Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.

For specific information regarding NSW Healths requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:

  1. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:


Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Childrens Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:


Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.


To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to obtain a Working with Children Check and Criminal Record Check.
  • to do at least 80 hours of workplacement

Students must therefore be either:

  • Employed in a relevant position in the relevant field of industry
  • Undertake a work placement

It's all happening at TAFE NSW InfoFest. Register for an information session to broaden your skills set to get ahead. Can't find an Information Session for you? Enquire Online or call 131601.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2019 Time: 10.00am to 11.30am Location: Hamilton Campus, Building C, Ground Floor or Date: Thursday, 23 January 2020 Time: 10.00am to 11.30am Location: Hamilton Campus, Building C, Ground Floor, Room 7


This is a Full Time course. You will need to attend approximately 12 hours of class, over 2 days a week, for 37 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 14.4 hours of other study per week. You may also be required to complete approximately 4.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours including, private study, research, assignment preparation and work experience

All students are required attend an information session, at the information session you will be asked to complete a "getting to know you form". This will enable staff to identify vocational pathways and identify any support required for obtaining successful outcomes for your learning journey.


This course is designed for people who:

  • Have experience mental illness as eihter a consrmer or a carer
  • If you are driven to help others and passionate about our own career progression.
  • Are you patient
  • Do you have good communication skills
  • Are you energetic and passionate about your community
  • Are you able to work independently
  • Are you professional and ethical
    Our goal throughout the enrolment process is to connect you to the right course for you. (eg employment or further study)


TAFE NSW provides the following services to ensure a supported and successful learning environment for all students:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

This course is currently scheduled to run on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.00am to 3.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?

Learners are required to get a criminal record check prior to work placement - $60.


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it.

Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you.

As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details

Find out more about Applying and Enrolling

Core Units
Number Title
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

91 Parry Street, Newcastle West
Phone 131 601

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