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CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

The CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work aims to offer the knowledge and skills to those who may have experienced mental health issues either personally or through helping others – so they can gain employment in this field. You need to have experienced a mental health illness first hand or have been a carer to someone with mental health issues to commence this course. lived experience mental health certificate

What will you study?

This certificate will train you in all areas of mental health required to implement programs and activities to improve mental health and well-being in a variety of settings.

How will you study?

Courses are held through a blended learning program where you study online but attend some mandatory workshops so you can put the theory you have learnt into practice through simulated exercises. You will work towards completing 15 units and assessments to complete this qualification. 80 hours of work placement is mandatory and will give you experience and exposure to roles within the mental health field. Flexible, supportive, online learning All your learning resources will be available online. There are no exams and a trainer will be assigned to guide and support you throughout your studies and will be able to offer help and advice.

What are your career opportunities

Mental health disorders continue to rise and so there are plenty of jobs in this field for example: Youth Peer Worker, Peer Support Worker, Family Advocate, Carer Consultant, Carer Support Worker, Recovery Worker.  Employment opportunities are expected to increase over the years.

Student entry requirements

You need to have experienced a mental health illness first hand or have been a carer to someone with mental health issues to commence this course. This qualification is suited to learners who possess a sufficient grasp of the English language, adequate levels of numeracy, and appropriate attitude and motivation to enable them to undertake the demands of a Certificate IV level qualification. As part of the selection process, TSA uses the following guidelines to assess suitability of a learner for the program:
  • All prospective learners will attend a mandatory face to face career counselling session to assess their suitability for this Certificate IV level qualification;
  • During this session, TSA’s career advisors reference the career counselling and/or Capacity of Benefit notes to summarise their thoughts on whether to proceed with enrolment or not, based on the interview/conversation. This is then retained in the learner record file;
  • All learners are required to undertake an LLN assessment appropriate for a Certificate IV level qualification to assess whether their reading and numeracy skills are sufficient to cope with the training program. The LLN assessment result will be retained in their learner record file;
  • In addition, TSA must reasonably believe the learner is academically suited to undertake the course e.g. employment history and/or prior education/qualifications.
  Cost of this course $4000
  • Self funded payment options available
  • Jobs&Skills WA funding for WA residents (Perth)
JSWA funded course   To check your eligibility for JSWA government subsidised training place at Trainsmart Australia speak to our career advisors for information and enrolments (08) 9265 9600. Course duration 9 months (JSWA) Total Tuition Cost • JOBS & SKILLS WA Government subsidised total course fee (with concession*) : $665 • JOBS & SKILLS WA Government subsidised total course fee*: $2227 • Fee exemptions and concessions are available for disadvantaged learners. *Must meet eligibility criteria to qualify. Additional fees may apply such as student services and resource fees. Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Western Australian government program.  

Study Units:

HLTWHS006  Manage personal stressors in the work environment HLTWHS001  Participate in workplace health and safety CHCDIV001  Work with diverse people 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 CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations CHCCCS025 Support relationships with carers and families CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work


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