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Diploma of Mental Health

  • National Course Code: CHC53315
  • TAFE NSW code: CHC53315-01V02-21HAM-037

Location – Hamilton

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

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Study Commitment

33.2 Hours per week


36 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer
  • VET Student Loans Available

Course Details

The nationally accredited Diploma in Mental Health will equip you to become a leader in the industry. You will help people with mental health issues find solutions, and implement your skills in a real work environment. Be in-demand and make a profound difference to those experiencing mental illness.

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


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

  • Work with diverse people
  • Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
  • Recognise the laws affecting people with mental health issues
  • Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Use and develop your natural abilities and skills to get ahead in this field:

  • The ability to work with others
  • An empathetic nature
  • Advanced conflict resolution skills
  • Adaptability
  • Resilience


  • A nationally recognised diploma qualification
  • Leadership and supervisory skills
  • Skills to support people who have experienced mental illness and psychiatric disability

Career opportunities:

  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Welfare support worker
  • Community rehabilitation worker


  • Bachelor of Community Services with TAFE Degrees
  • Explore the TAFE NSW Credit Transfer website to discover if you are eligible for credits towards a university degree


There are forecast to be around 6,000 new job openings per 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.


To be eligible for this course you must have:

  • A current Criminal History Check


TAFE NSW also offers the Diploma of Mental Health as a traineeship. To be eligible for this course as a trainee, you must:

  • Meet the above entry requirements
  • 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.


During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful.

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

  • Occupational assessment, screening and vaccination against infectious diseases
  • Health care worker/student vaccination record card
  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)
  • Signed code of conduct form and any other forms
  • Any additional evidence your work placement provider requires


Work placement provides you with opportunities to practice responding to situations and circumstances that cannot be replicated in a learning or simulated environment.
During your course, you will undertake a mandatory 160 hours of work placement with a suitable industry employer.

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

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


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 and are able to multi-task
  • Have a strong commitment to trauma-informed care and strength-based practices of care and intervention
  • Are able to respond well to rapid change and adapt to a range of new contexts
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Can work 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.


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 have:

  • Basic computer literacy skills, such as using word processing and emails.
  • Some experience of the community services industry and mental health services this experience must include one of: being already employed in the industry, having completed other community services qualifications or having significant life experience in this area.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Existing skills and knowledge; Laptop and internet access; Level 4 proficiency

Documents required before starting workplacement:

  • Volunteer Working with Children's Check, Criminal Record Check -$24.90
    Organisations that agree to offer work placements for students must also be provided with the students WWCC and be reminded of their obligation to check the validity of the provided WWCC.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


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

Date Time Location
Wednesday, 9 December 2020 1.30pm to 3.00pm Via MS Teams -


This is a full time face to face course. You will need to attend approximately 20.2 hours of class, over 3 days a week, for 36 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete 13.1 hours of other study per week.

You may also be required to complete approximately 12.8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including Self- paced, self directed (asynchronous learning) - Completion of tasks including after class tasks (reading articles, participating in activities and practice quizzes) and assessment tasks.

Attendance in Semester 1 is 3 days - Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Attendance in term 2 is 2 days - Thursday and Friday.


Diploma of Mental Health is a qualification to support gaining employment outcomes as a welfare worker in a range of community and disability services. Students will have some experience of the community services industry this experience must include one of: being already employed in the industry, having completed other community services qualifications or having significant life experience in this area.
Students can pathway into this course from the Certificate III Community Services, where they demonstrate they have the capacity to complete a Diploma Level qualification. Other pathways into this Diploma could come from students having completed a Cert IV Community Services, Cert IV Mental Health or equivalent from another other RTO.


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
    Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.
    All aspects of training delivery to students under the age of 18 are monitored with support from the Health and Community Services Faculty staff. This includes Career Skills Education and Career, Counselling and Pathways staff.

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
  • 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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

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

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


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.

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


This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.

To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:

  • Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
  • Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
To be eligible for a VET Student Loan, you will need to be assessed as academically suitable to undertake high level VET study. You will need to provide:
  • A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
  • A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
  • Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
If you intend to apply for a VET Student Loan, its important you know your student obligations.

Find out more about VET Student Loans

Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.

The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed above. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.


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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

Enrolments for this course have now closed.

Enquire now and we will contact you when enrolments open. Visit our Online Courses to view our range of study options that you can start anytime.

Core Units
Number Title
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Elective Units
Number Title
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care

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

91 Parry Street, Newcastle West
Phone 131 601

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