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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s

This program is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months on a full-time/part-time basis. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

Intake

Locations

Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine
Not available to international students.

Course code

CHC43315

Overview

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of community services focusing on:

  • rehabilitation and support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability
  • implementing community-based activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability
  • mental health promotion work

Work may focus on engaging people with mental illness in community participation, prevention of relapse and promotion of recovery through programs such as residential rehabilitation, work in clinical settings, home-based outreach and centre-based programs delivered by community-based non-government organisations. This work may also involve supported employment and programmed respite care.

This qualification defines the knowledge and skills required by support workers and case workers who work autonomously under broad guidance and refers to specific knowledge of mental health issues and appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community-based settings.

For students not already employed in the sector, work placement of at least 80 hours will be required in order to meet the evidence requirements of many of the units.

Infection control, including COVID-19 measures and the associated restrictions, have been implemented, to ensure the safety and well-being of students, lecturing staff and the wider community.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Services include:
>community rehabilitation and support worker
>community support worker
>mental health rehabilitation support worker
>mental health support worker
>mental health outreach worker
>alcohol and other drug (AOD) worker

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill 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 Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

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.

Pathways

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

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
HE
VET
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
Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Diploma
*
*
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. There is often credit or advanced standing given to Higher Education courses for students who have successfully completed this training, but this is at the discretion of the higher education provider. Please contact the higher education institution for advice. This training would give students an understanding plus skills and knowledge to undertake higher level qualifications and training options with a higher education institution.

Fees

2022 course fees:
This course is free for eligible students who receive an NT Domestic supported place or from $9,300.00 - $9,950.00 for domestic full fee places. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of units.

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What will I study?

To achieve CHC43315 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 electives offered may vary between campuses.

Course structure

The total Nominal Hours for the sequence listed below is 930 - 995.
 

CodeModule/Unit of Competency

Hours

CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
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
CHCMHS008Promote and facilitate self advocacy50
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing80
HLTWHS001Participate in work health and safety20
 Total nominal hours for core units595
AT RISK ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY(compulsory) choose one of these
CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide110
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations45
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY (Select remaining)
CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context80
CHCAOD004Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues135
CHCCCS014Provide brief interventions75
 Total nominal hours for elective units335 - 400
 Total nominal hours for the qualification930 - 995

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

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:-

The people-first approach to flexibility and supportive learning environment at CDU meant I could find a balance with study, work and family life.

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Nikki Govan

Because the class sizes are smaller at CDU compared to other universities, it means students can connect more closely with their tutors and lecturers. Teaching staff can pay more attention to students, and that makes it feel much more like a community.

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Course details

Accreditation

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: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

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

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine

Study Mode:Online, workplace assessment

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

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
COMMUNITY SERVICES, HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Occupation types
Aged Or Disabled Carer
Area of study
Health and Nursing, Allied Health Sciences, Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Psychology, Community Services, Community Services and Social Work

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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Admission requirements for domestic students

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How to apply for international students

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Once you have started the application you will have the option of saving your application and resuming it at a later date.

 

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