Certificate IV in Mental Health

The Certificate IV in Mental Health is designed for individuals seeking to provide self-directed, recovery-oriented support to those affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. This role involves the implementation of community-based programs and activities centred around mental health, mental illness, and psychiatric disability. You’ll work in diverse community settings, including non-government organisations, home-based outreach, centre-based programs, respite care, residential services, rehabilitation programs, clinical settings, and supporting individuals in employment.

Throughout this program, you’ll operate autonomously with guidance from experienced practitioners and professionals. To earn this qualification, you’ll also complete a mandatory 80-hour work placement, providing you with valuable hands-on experience in the field.

Course Details

Course Name

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Course Code



6 months



Course Fee


Units of Competency

To achieve this qualification, 15 units of competency must be completed comprising of 11 core units and 4 elective units.

Course Entry Requirements

No formal prerequisites are necessary for enrolling in this course. However, it is expected that candidates possess sound English reading and writing skills. Additionally, students must have access to a computer, the internet, and an active email address. Proficiency in computer usage and typing is essential for the successful completion of assignments. Learners must also be at least 18 years of age when commencing study.

Due to the nature of employment outcomes and working in the community services sector, you must obtain a National Police Clearance prior to commencing your study.

Duration and Structure

The course duration is 6 months and self-paced, with access to our online Learning Management System. You will be assigned a trainer/assessor who will assist throughout your course completion.

Assessment methods include:

  • Short answer questions/written responses
  • Demonstrations/observations
  • Written assessments
  • Third-party reports
  • Practical activity/projects

Potential Careers

Potential job roles on completion of this program include:

  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker

Course Fees


Recognition of Prior Learning

Do you qualify for RPL?

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 drugs 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*

*These units of competency must be partially delivered and assessed in a community care/health setting, which
provides access to clients with mental health problems.

Elective Units

CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

Why Choose Westbourne?

Westbourne is one of Australia’s leading training providers for individuals, businesses, community groups and Government with a record of success in designing and delivering nationally recognised training qualifications.

Westbourne College is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO #41084).

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