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Offering Info

Certificate IV in Mental Health

  • National Course Code: CHC43315
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC43315-01V03-21OTE-113

Location – TAFE Digital (Traineeship)

Attendance

Self paced

Delivery

Online

Course Start Date

01 Jul 2021

Study Commitment

14 Hours per week

Duration

2 Years

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

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 gain the necessary skills and knowledge to make a difference.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

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

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Enjoyment helping others
  • Empathy towards people and adverse circumstances
  • The ability to empower people to discover solutions
  • An understanding of the issues people with mental illness are facing
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Adaptability and the ability to respond easily to change
  • Good oral and written communication skills

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to further your career

Career opportunities:

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

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further the:

  • 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

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.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol now.

Traineeship
TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Mental Health as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol in the course as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the mental health industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.

COURSE SUCCESS REQUIREMENTS

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements to complete your coursework.

You need to meet the following requirements to be able to undertake work placement. Your teacher will let you know when you need to provide evidence of:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • A National Police Check
  • Vaccination and health screenings
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires

WORK PLACEMENT

Work placement provides you with opportunities to respond to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment. Work placement strengthens your training and supports continued learning and assessment in the workplace.

During your course you will undertake a mandatory 80 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

Depending on your mode of study, TAFE NSW will arrange your work placement for you or support you to find one.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An enjoyment helping people through difficult situations and circumstances
  • Empathy, patience and the ability to empower others
  • The ability to respond well to rapid change and adapt to a range of new contexts
  • Good organisational skills and the ability to multi-task
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Confidence working independently and with others

Important information

This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • a trainee (you will work in industry and study at the same time)
  • employed
  • signed up with an Apprentice Network Provider and have a Training Plan Proposal
  • seeking to gain skills and knowledge to become a qualified mental health worker after successful completion

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • a computer or regular access to a computer
  • reliable Internet and email access
  • access to an appropriate workplace
  • a valid Working with Children Check for work within NSW (or equivalent)

Work Placement is a requirement of this course. You will need to complete:

  • A minimum of 80 hours supervised work placement, completed progressively throughout the qualification. As TAFE Digital is a distance education provider, and there are no opportunities for simulated workplace situations, it is anticipated that work placement could take approximately 160 hours.

Work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of this course. Due to the impacts of COVID 19 and the disruption to service provision in the Early Childhood, Aged Care, Health and Community Services Sectors, there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe.

INFORMATION SESSIONS

There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.

STUDY COMMITMENT

This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 11 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 2 years.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

You can also expect to complete approximately 2 hours of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including independent study, research, practice and assessment preparation.

IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?

This course offering is designed for people who:

  • are learners registered as a trainee in mental health with an Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP).

Ideally you will have:

  • good levels of literacy and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. These skills could have been gained from work, study or life experience.
  • good digital skills including the ability to navigate competently online using websites and email.
  • skills in Microsoft Word (or equivalent) and an understanding of how to download and upload documents, and open and save files on a computer.
  • good organisational and time management skills to take responsibility for following your Training Plan and managing your study schedule.

SERVICES AND STUDY 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 Lynda.com)
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

The way you learn may change during your enrolment to ensure the best learning experience or to keep you safe as COVID-19 restrictions change, and some of our face to face classes may change to online or virtual classroom learning. Also, to ensure that we keep you safe while studying, we may modify our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, there may be a modification or delay in the planned timeframe due to COVID-19 impacts. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.

This is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.

SMART AND SKILLED FEES

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?

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • Optional textbook - Mental Health Care: An Introduction for Health Professionals in Australia, 3rd Edition.
  • Interactive E-Text: ISBN 9780730363026 (approx. cost $65)
  • Printed Textbook: ISBN 9780730363293 (approx. cost $110)

READ BEFORE YOU ENROL

Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding

RECOGNITION

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

Enrolling 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. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the 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. (only if available as a trainee)

Core Units
Number Title
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
Number Title
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

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.

Course Location

OTEN (Open Training Education Network)
51 Wentworth Rd, Strathfield
Phone 131 601

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