Certificate IV in Mental Health – Fast Track

National Course Code CHC43315

“I had a great training experience – the trainers were excellent.”

– course participant

The Fast Track option allows workers with at least two years’ professional experience to complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 qualification in just six face-to-face training days. It draws on, on-the-job experience to consolidate and build workers skills. Because of the small time commitment, it is a great opportunity for existing workers looking to get qualified and continue to improve their practice.

The Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 has been endorsed as a voluntary entry-level qualification by the community mental health sector. It provides an opportunity for participants to build upon their on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification in mental health.

Underpinned by the philosophy of recovery oriented practice, this course aims to build understanding and practical skills in working with people with mental health problems.

Who should enrol?
  • Support Workers
  • Team Leaders
  • Coordinators
  • Managers
  • Frontline Managers
  • Other staff who provide services to people with mental health conditions as part of their day to day work

Entry Requirements

  • Have spent the last two years working in an identified support worker role providing direct ongoing support to consumers as part of their day to day work.
  • An online Language Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment is required before enrolment can be confirmed in this course.
  • A workplace supervisor or manager is required to provide evidence of the participants competency in the units/qualification. For further information download the Supervisors Handbook.
  • Students will be required to have regular access to a computer and internet access to complete this course.

See Participant Handbook for further details

Course delivery

Course delivery

This qualification requires attendance at 6 full-day face-to-face workshops. In order to help you balance work and study, training sessions are delivered in two-day blocks.

Online Component
This qualification has a WHS unit delivered online.

Units of Competency

This qualification consists of 15 units of competency including 8 core units and 7 elective units as outlined below:
Core units
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective units
CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work – Elective Consumer Specialisation
CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker – Elective Carer specialisation
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
CHCGRP001 Support group activities
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

Qualification fees

You may be eligible for a fee reduction or exemption dependent on your current circumstances and/or previous experience

Find out more about funding