Funding for Qualifications

Qualification Fees and Subsidised Funding

Learn more about how to become a member and receive fee discounts 


You may be eligible for a funded scholarship place in the CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work or the CHC43515 Fast Track Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Complete your training in just 6 days with the Fast Track option, open to anyone with two-years or more peer work experience). The purpose of the scholarship is to gain a formal qualification for those who are currently employed or looking to gain employment in relevant roles that provide direct peer support services to consumers and carers. The training is open to anyone already working as a peer support worker (consumer or carer), or those with a lived experience wanting to move into peer work (you will be required to complete a 120-hour peer work placement). Your work placement can be either paid or voluntary peer work.

Please note there is a selection panel who will be assessing your application and there is a co-contribution fee of $500 which can be paid by either your employer or yourself once your application has been successful.

These scholarship places are funded by the NSW Ministry of Health and aim to develop the peer workforce to meet the evolving needs of the mental health sector.

Apply for a Scholarship

Smart & Skilled Funding

MHCC delivers government subsidised training including NSW Government training under the Smart and Skilled program. Depending on your previous qualifications and experience your fee may vary: You may qualify for subsidised fees or fee exemptions for CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health and CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.

Apply for Smart & Skilled Funding

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Eligibility for Subsidies

To access Smart and Skilled NSW Government-subsidised training with MHCC, including fee exemptions or concessions, you must be –

  • an Australian citizen or meet the criteria of being an Australian permanent resident, a humanitarian visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen
  • aged 15 years or older
  • no longer be at school and
  • living or working in NSW OR
  • registered as a NSW apprentice or new entrant trainee

Fee Exemptions and Concessions

If you are eligible for Smart and Skilled training you may be eligible for a full fee exemption if you are –

  • an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student
  • a student with a disability, or a person living with a mental health condition
  • an Australian Government welfare recipient
  • a person holding a humanitarian visa

Under fee exemptions, the government subsidises the full cost of the qualification.
Concession fees are discounted fees for disadvantaged people who are studying for qualifications up to and including Certificate IV.

More information on Smart & Skilled fee exemptions and concessions


Traineeships combine work-based training with formal training from a registered training provider (RTO). They are established under training contracts between the employer and the trainee and are regulated by government. Traineeships are a great way to be paid for work, while learning and earning a qualification.

Most new trainees are eligible for a government subsidy under Smart and Skilled for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship through Smart and Skilled, to learn more about traineeships visit Getting started – Training Services NSW

You can also contact MHCC to arrange for an apprenticeship network provider representative to come out to your workplace to assess your eligibility and complete the relevant paperwork to sign you up as a Trainee. Contact MHCC for more information:

For information about traineeships, read A Complete Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships in NSW

How Fees Are Applied

When you enrol in either fee-for-service training or government subsidised training, the fee you are charged is for the whole qualification. This means you’ll know the total cost of your course before you start.

The student fees and applicable charges are required on enrolment or at scheduled installment dates, either by yourself (the student) or the nominated ‘third party’ on behalf of yourself (for example, your employer)

Smart and Skilled student fees are subject to change by Training Services NSW.

MHCC fees and charges are reviewed on an annual basis and are subject to change.

Are There Additional Costs?

The fee you pay, or the fee exemption only covers your first attempt at your course, and the first attempt at any unit of competency within your course.

A separate fee may be charged for any second or further attempt to achieve a unit of competency. The fee will be determined according to your specific circumstances and training needs.

MHCC Fee Refund Policy

Depending on the circumstances, refunds may be available for withdrawals within the first 2 weeks.  Please refer to the Learner Handbook.

Further Information

To learn more about the qualifications, fees or what you need to do to enrol phone MHCC on (02) 9555 8388 or email