Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515)

The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (CHC43515) 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 permanent 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: Peer Mentor Peer,
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.

Study Units:

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
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
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment



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