Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315


General: The Certificate IV in Mental Health qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Our Certificate IV in Mental Health programme will see students understanding the role of workers involved with implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Additionally, the Certificate IV in Mental Health course will expose students to work that is undertaken in a range of community settings, such as community based non-government organisations,home based outreach, or supporting people in employment.
Employment Growth: Through the Certificate 4 in Mental Health programme, students can expect to find a variety of professional opportunities in the field of community and personal service work. Upon completing the Certificate 4 in Mental Health course, they can expect to find work opportunities within the larger community care sector. Once they have graduated from the Certificate 4 in Mental Health programme, workers may be expected to carry out their work autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.
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Entry requirements: Prospective students are required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and a Pre-Training Interview, administered by and to the satisfaction of ITHEA and be at least 18 years of age. You must have good word processing and email skills as well as the ability to download and upload documents and information. Please see our Online Service Standards.


Students should be working in the industry.

Vocational outcomes: Students can go into a range of employment options. Occupations may include Community Rehabilitation Worker, Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Outreach Officer, Mental Health Outreach Worker or Assistant Community Services Worker.

Job outlook: Community and Personal Service Workers is the broad occupation category.

Delivery and assessment: All students will be enrolled into our Learning Management System and all assessments must be completed online. As a result, all students will require a personal computer, with access to the Internet, to successfully complete their studies. Assessment methods allow for the gathering of sufficient quality evidence about the student’s performance. Methods used include question and answer, observation and demonstration, case study and projects.

Practical placement: To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency. Students are required to undertake supervised practical placement in relevant mental health services setting. Evidence provided by the supervisor will contribute to assessment of the candidate’s ability to work at this level. Students are required to find their own practical placement, however ITHEA will provide assistance and support where needed. Students must have a valid National Police Check prior to attending placement.

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety25
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically55
CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationships60
CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health services60
CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other services75
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues90
CHCMHS007Work effectively in trauma informed care40

Promote and facilitate self advocacy50
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing80
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety20

Unit CodeUnit DescriptorNominal Hrs
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations45
CHCADV001Facilitate the interests and rights of clients100
CHCCCS014Provide brief interventions75
CHCSOH001Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness85

This Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government Funding. Eligibility criteria apply. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Please make sure you have read all the course information about units of study, duration, entry requirements, assessment information, job prospects etc.


1. You must attend a pre-training interview which includes a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test and complete the eligibility declaration form (in the case of students applying for Skills First Program Funding).

2. To complete the application process, click on the ‘Apply Now’ link. Complete the steps involved to submit your application online.

3. ITHEA will assess your application and make sure all entry requirements are met. An ITHEA representative will contact you if your application is unsuccessful.


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.


  • Skills First Funding


  • Non Apprentice/Trainee
  • Trainee


1 year




Traineeship, in class or online


80 hrs


If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 9650 3900.