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Vocational Education & Training

CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health


Not available to international students.


Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote

Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.
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* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

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Vocational Education & Training
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Occupation types
Aged Or Disabled Carer

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken 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. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Services include:

  • community rehabilitation worker
  • community rehabilitation and support worker
  • outreach officer
  • mental health outreach worker
  • assistant community services worker

    Credit transfers and pathways

    Skills recognition

    Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

    RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

    This can include skills from:

    • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
    • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
    • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

    RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

    Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

    For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

    Credit Transfer

    Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

    Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

    In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

    Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


    VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline. <br />

    Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

    Completed Award Course Level
    to a HE Award
    Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
    Certificate IV
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 40 credit points
    Certificate IV
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 40 credit points
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 80 credit points
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 80 credit points
    Advanced Diploma
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points
    Advanced Diploma
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points
    Associate Degree
    3 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points
    Associate Degree
    4 year Bachelor award
    up to 160 credit points

    Candidates who have obtained this level qualification could progress into Diploma Level qualifications in
    Community Services or other related fields in the VET sector.

    Entry requirements

    CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

    There are no mandatory entry requirements for this qualification. However, applicants who wish to commence this course need to have the required skills and knowledge to undertake the qualification at this level; e.g. completion of Year 10 or equivalent, and a general command of spoken and written English, to be able to meet industry standards for communication.

    Generally, candidates will require evidence of the following for work placement:-

    All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.

    • This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

    • Employability skills

      Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification:

      Location and study mode

      Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

      Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote

      Study Mode:Online

      Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

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    Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

    Course structure

    To achieve a Certificate IV in Mental Health a total of Fifteen (15) units of competency must be completed comprising eleven (11) core and four (4) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

    The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 905- 995.

    Code Module/Unit of Competency


    CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
    CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
    CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
    CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services 60
    CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
    CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
    CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care 40
    CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50
    CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
    HLTWHS001 Participate in work health and safety 20
      Total nominal hours for core units 595
    AT RISK ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (compulsory) choose one of these
    CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
    CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues 135
    CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions 75
      Total nominal hours for elective units 310 - 400
      Total nominal hours for the qualification 905 - 995


    Course fees

    Domestic Students
    2021 Indicative fees for this course:
    VET Tuition Fees: $3,167.50 (for students who are eligible and receive an NT domestic subsidised place); or
    Domestic Full Fees: $15,385.00 (for domestic full fee places).
    Fees will vary according to your choice of units.

    Please note: a limited number of NT Government subsidy places are available for eligible NT domestic students so contact us now to secure your place for 2021.

    The following Fees are applicable to this course:

    Domestic Students

    Domestic full fees

    VET full fees are applicable to this course.
    2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.

    VET tuition fees

    NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
    2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.

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