Certificate IV in Mental Health


From January 2019, this course will be offered free of tuition fees for eligible students under the Victorian government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program, designed to reduce the financial barrier for students wanting to train in courses that lead to jobs in demand from Victorian employers. If you're eligible, the State Government will cover the full cost of your tuition fees for this course, saving you thousands of dollars. Other fees, such as materials and amenities, may still apply. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.

Would you like to make a difference in improving the mental health of others? Our Certificate IV in Mental Health focuses on recovery-orientated models and offers you many career opportunities in this rewarding field.

A rewarding career path

Are you interested to learn about community-based programs? What ideas do you have that could improve the lives of those affected by a mental illness?

A qualification in Mental Health may see you employed in a range of contexts including community based non-government organisations, home/centre-based programs, respite and residential services, clinical and rehabilitations settings/programs or employment support.

Work is carried out under the broad guidance/supervision of professional healthcare practitioners.

Industry connections and resources

As part of this course you will undertake a minimum of 100 hours work placement.

Taught by our industry-experienced teachers, the Certificate IV in Mental Health provides specific knowledge and skills related to mental health issues. You will gain knowledge of working in the community mental health and psychiatric disability sector.

You may choose to go onto further study in Mental Health or Community Service with this qualification.

Employment outcomes

As a graduate of the Certificate IV in Mental Health, you will be qualified to work in the following roles:

  • community mental health practitionerr
  • disability support worker
  • mental health support workerr
  • youth mental health worker
  • outreach program worker

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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03 9269 8400


Full-time: 9 months
As part of this course you will undertake a minimum of 100 hours work placement

Class Schedule: *

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Classroom with online components, Work placements


From January 2019, this course is offered at $0 tuition for eligible students under the Victorian State Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses program. Note you may still have to pay other fees, such as materials and amenities. Enquire here or call 9269 8400 to check your eligibility for this offer.


Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including, written pieces, and classroom activities. This course has a work placement aspect which is also an assessment of knowledge.


Work books and class materials are supplied. Any additional material cost to be advised at information sessions

Entrance Requirements

  • you will need to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of this training and for the workplace
  • applicants must demonstrate a commitment to social justice, human rights and attitudes to provide clients with services that uphold their rights, promote equality, dignity and respect
  • All applicants to attend an information prior to enrolling
  • applicants should have a clear current police check and a current working with children’s check

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete this training you may apply for entry into the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, or pursue further study in Mental Health.

Career Pathways

Graduates may find work as:
  • mental health support workers
  • community support workers
  • mental health rehabilitation support workers

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care 40
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety 20

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.