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CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health


The CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health is suitable for those who are seeking to develop specialist skills to work with clients who face challenges with their mental health, including those who have some work or volunteer experience in community services or health and want to branch out into mental health work.

A structured workplace learning component is included to deliver practical skills.

120 hours of practicum / work placement is required for the completion of this qualification.

Learning Mode
Blended Learning
Face to face days
Weekly study hours
15 - 20 hours
12 months

Learning Outcomes

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

You will examine the link between mental health and other personal and community issues, as well as exploring mental health in the community and in the workplace. A focus on working with families dealing with mental health issues is also covered.

A structured workplace learning component is included to deliver practical skills.

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

Employment Opportunities

Over 50 occupations fall under the community work banner and roles include intake, support, case work, crisis intervention, team management and advocacy. Community Services sector roles include:

  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker

Units of Study & Units of Competency

Unit of Study 1: Foundations of Mental Health Services

Units of Competency

  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services (including 80 hour placement)
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

Unit of Study 2: Promote Wellbeing

Units of Competency

  • CHCADV001 Facilitate interests and rights of clients
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander safety

Unit of Study 3: Working for Change

Units of Competency

  • CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

Unit of Study 4: The Complexity of Mental Health and Establishing

Units of Competency

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships

Unit of Study 5: Staying Safe at Work

Units of Competency

  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

Duration and Delivery Mode

12 months

Blended Learning

Please see 2024/2025 Delivery Schedule for dates of all Modules

This program is equivalent to a minimum of 15 to 20 hours of study per week, and students will be required to undertake self-directed learning outside of classroom delivery. This program includes 120 hour student placement / work based practicum.


2024/2025 Timetable


Face-to-face classroom sessions are delivered in Port Augusta.

This program has 15 face-to-face classroom contact days. Students will be required to undertake self-directed online learning outside of classroom delivery.

Work Placement Requirements

To achieve this qualification, students must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

  • All placements must be approved by the Institute prior to commencement to ensure the required work-based learning and assessment can be completed.
  • Wherever possible, a work placement within a program of Relationships Australia SA will be organised, but this is not guaranteed, and students need to seek placements at other organisations.
  • Students on placement within RASA must meet the mandatory requirements for working with children checks, National police clearance, and COVID-19 vaccinations.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL credit may be granted for relevant prior study.

Students seeking recognition for all or part of a qualification must complete the online AISR Recognition Application at least 14 days before the start of the course.

Tuition Fee, Payment Options, Loans

Full fee: $5,000

Participants eligible for SA Government subsidies: $1,000 (Tuition Gap Fee)

Participants eligible for SA Government subsidies with valid concession card: $680.00 (Tuition Gap Fee)

This course is subsidised through the Australian and South Australian Government. Eligibility and subsidy criteria apply. To check your eligibility visit

See our Schedule of Fees for key dates and payment options.

All enquiries regarding tuition fees and payment schedules should be directed to

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