CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

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, and
  • Mental health promotion work.

Work may focus on engaging people with a 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 support employment and programmed respite care.


Course code CHC43315
Start date View Intake Dates
Delivery mode Blended delivery: Face to face training, Virtual Classroom ( Zoom) and Practical Placement

***Please note that the assessment methods for this course includes Theory component and mandatory practical placement component of 120 hours. You must complete placement hours to be able to achieve the competency in the units and successfully complete the course.

Duration Domestic: 35 – 38 weeks
International: 52 weeks.
Nationally Recognised Training

RTO requirements

Domestic students

Training and assessments are conducted in English. Applicants must possess sound written and spoken English skills. You will be required to complete a Language Literacy, Numeracy test paper as part of an enrolment interview.

  • Applicants are required to attend a Pre- Training Interview as part of the enrolment process
  • Training and assessments are conducted in English.
  • Applicants must possess sound written and spoken English skills.
  • Applicants may be required to complete a Language, literacy and numeracy test paper as part of a selection interview.
  • Obtain a valid Police Check (required for practical placement purposes) and Working with Children Check if required

Some assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is recommended that students have these available before or at enrolment.

Training Package

There are no pre-requisite or any other training package entry requirements to enrol in this course.

The average course duration is 35 to 38 weeks for Domestic students; for International students is 52 weeks. The duration may vary due to the amount of hours required for practical placement, mode of study and public holidays which may fall on usual days of delivery.

The program is designed to incorporate a combination of the following modes of study: classroom based (face to face), independent study and practical placement.

1 session = 4 hours and 1 day is composed of 2 sessions = 8 hours (including breaks).
Practical Placements: Practical placements will take place at the end of the theory sessions (face to face delivery). Earlier placements may be considered on a case by case basis.

Practical placements will be structured as follows: The placement will be for a minimum of 20 hours to a maximum of 40 hours per week (Students should work a maximum of 8 hours per day in placement). The duration of the course may extend or reduce based on the hours put in the placement in a week.

N.B: ETEA will provide assistance in searching industry placement.

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Pathways from the qualification

  • CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services
  • CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

Employment or occupational pathway

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Common positions that may be suited with this qualification are:

  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Case worker
  • Detoxification worker
  • Drug and alcohol worker

ETEA uses a range of assessment methods which may include:

  • Written assessment (open book)
  • Projects
  • Case study
  • Observation

You can apply for recognition of prior learning, academic credit and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Credit Transfer

Please note: dates are subject to change due to holidays and availability.

If the dates provided do not suit, please contact us at 13 13 89 or +61 3 9450 0500 via phone, or through our contact page, as we will accommodate dates to suit student’s needs.

Intake Dates For 2023
Offshore International Students  9th 24th 17th 9th
Domestic Students Please Call us on 131389 or +61 03 94500500 for the intake Dates
South Australia intake Date for 2023(Domestic Students)
Intake Dates Due Dates to enrol
30th Jan 2023 20th Jan 2023

*** For SA, CRICOS students rolling intakes and to contact the College for next available date.

Students will need to complete 15 Units of Competency, consisting of 11 Core and 4 Elective units

(N.B: Elective units will be selected for delivery by ETEA and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirement)


Core Units
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
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 drug issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma-informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs


** Please note: electives may vary by state and are subject to change to meet client and industry requirements.