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CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health

Course ID
School Age Education and Care
Certificate IV


This course will equip you to provide self directed services to people affected by mental illness, psychiatric disability or drug and alcohol dependencies, by implementing community-focused health promotion and prevention strategies and working within the frameworks of trauma-informed care. You can work in a range of community contexts such as community-based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment.

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Course Information
Entry Requirements
Details and Units
Career Pathways and Outcomes

The certificate is delivered over 52 weeks, through a blended learning experience of either face-to-face or online, including 15 units of study and 80 hours of work placement component. Work placement will be pre-arranged by Educare College with approved care facility partners in the industry.

Skills and knowledge you will learn:

  • Establishing and maintaining positive relationships with all key stakeholders.
  • Managing emotions and challenging behaviours.
  • Demonstrate person centred care principles.

Day to Day key responsibilities may include:

  • Responsible for implementing policies and guidelines of the employing organisation
  • Provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability
  • Implement community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability
  • Literacy and numeracy Test
  • Be Covid 19 Vaccinated (required to complete vocational work placement)
Core Units
Course Code Course Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
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
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
Course Code Course Name
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family carers
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

Career pathways

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

Further vocational pathways

Upon completion of this course, students may further their studies with a CHC52015 – Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) and CHC62015 – Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

**For more information on payment plans, please email enrol@educare.edu.au


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Teaching and Delivery Modes for Students

At Educare key objectives are to ensure that the core focus of your learning experience is based on the practical applications of your study. Therefore, we support you by providing learning materials which are utilised during most of the following delivery modes such as:

Face to Face: Lessons will be conducted in both theory and practical modes. Trainers may decide depending on the students’ knowledge and skills that are required to achieve competencies in their tasks, to interlace some theoretical information delivered during practical sessions. Most theoretical subjects will contain other modes such as role plays/PowerPoint presentations/videos/ and other interactive methods as required.

Online Delivery: Studying online has never been easier and more convenient than through the Educare E-learning platform. Students will be given all the units to go through at their own pace, whether that be 4 months or 12 months. At our platform students will have access to all the resources needed to complete the course such as learning materials, assessments, case studies, learning tasks and practice questions. It’s also possible to have discussions on the open discussion board and book video calls to receive online learning support from an Educare trainer.

Blended: Online learning with scheduled practical workshop

Assessments are completed in the student’s own time and may include practical exercises and evaluative tools.

Face to Face /Class and on the Job Work Placement

Work Placement forms an essential part of competency-based assessment and provides the student with practical job skills and work experience.

Students will undertake 80 placement hours in a facility organised by Educare College. This placement will take place after the successful completion of class room activities and prescribed assessments which will be outlined in your induction and orientation timetables.

Prior to commencement of Vocational Placement students are required to organise

  • Covid19 Vaccine (both doses)
  • Flu Vaccine
  • Police Check
  • Blue Card
  • NDIS Screening Check
  • NDIS Worker Orientation Model

An individualised work placement log book along with your training plan will be provided to you by your assessor which you must use to record and track your course progress and work placement hours.

Students are required to do their work placement shifts determined during the times provided by the placement provider. Please note shifts can vary and may include mornings (commencing at 6am), evenings (finishing at 11pm) and possibly some night shifts between Monday and Sunday. Students are expected ensure their time management skills are utilised well in order to not only balance family and work commitments but also their vocational shifts.

Competency-based Assessments

You will have access to our online learning system. You must have your own (laptop) computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software are required by all students to successfully undertake their study with Educare.

Resources Needed

You will have access to our online learning system. You must have your own (laptop) computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software are required by all students to successfully undertake their study with Educare.

Studying Student

Do you find yourself being passionate with a strong desire to help and provide care services to people?

Get in touch immediately with Educare college admin enrolment teams to study and be taught by our qualified and highly industry experienced trainers.