Certificate IV in Mental Health – CHC43315



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 organizations; home based outreach; center-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.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Australian College of Christianity will offer CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health to students who wish to enter the Community works (Mental Health) industry. This Strategy document outlines our approach to the delivery of this qualification using a Mixed Mode consisting of Classroom and Online.

Entry Requirements

To enter CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Healthcandidates should have a year 11 school certificate, its equivalent or maturity and appropriate life experience. It is recommended that candidates have relevant experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Course Prerequisites

no prerequisite requirements.

Duration of Qualification and Volume of Learning

This program is a full-time course completed over a period of 2 years full time

The AQF Volume of Learning for a Certificate IV in Mental Health is 640 ~ 2400 hours. Please refer to details of how this program meets this requirement on following pages including our timetable and details about weekly class (Training and assessment), online lecture, community service.


The primary pathway from this qualification is into the Community Workers Industry. Students may also undertake further studies in Mental Health like Diploma of mental Health or in counselling by undertaking qualifications such as Diploma of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling.

Employment Outcomes

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Workers in Mental Health Organizations, Case management worker, Christian Care Workers

Total number of units = 15

  • 11 core units
  • 4 elective units, of which:

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people (90 hrs)
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety (90 hrs)
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically (90 hrs)
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships (90 hrs)
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services (90 hrs)
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services (90 hrs)
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues (90 hrs)
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care (90 hrs)
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy (90 hrs)
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing (90 hrs)
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety (90 hrs)

Elective Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations (90 hrs)
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context (90 hrs)
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients (90 hrs)
CHCYTH011 Work effectively with young people and their families (180 hrs)