Diploma of Mental Health – CHC53315



This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.
To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 160 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 offer this qualification using a Mixed mode consisting of Classroom and Online.


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 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

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 CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health is 1200 ~ 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.

Entry Requirements

To enter CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health, candidates should have a year 12 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.

Core and Elective Units

Total number of units = 20

  • 15 core units
  • 5 elective units, of which:

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

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
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
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety

Elective Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCCSL003 Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
CHCAGE001 Facilitate the empowerment older people