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Mental Health

Certificate IV Of

Free TAFE Code: CHC43315

Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

9 months full time / part time

Duration

9 months full time / part time

Next Intake

May, Midyear

Next Intake

February, July

Improve the wellbeing of others

Embark on a career where you can make a difference and improve the lives of others. Mental health is a growing industry where qualified professionals are more in demand than ever, with job opportunities expected to grow by more than 20% in the next five years. With the Certificate IV in Mental Health you can commence a rewarding career where your in-demand skills can change lives.

Gain an understanding of the mind

Taught by our industry-experienced teachers, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Mental Health provides specific knowledge and skills related to mental health issues. With a focus on recovery-oriented models and community programs, you’ll learn essential skills for the community mental health and psychiatric disability sector. Melbourne Polytechnic students have the opportunity to learn on the job. You’ll undertake a minimum of 100 hours work placement in the mental health services industry, under the guidance and supervision of professional healthcare practitioners and graduate job-ready.

Graduate ready to make a difference

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. As a graduate of the Certificate IV in Mental Health, you will be qualified to work as a community mental health practitioner, disability support worker, mental health support worker, youth mental health worker or outreach program worker.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

A qualification in mental health may see you employed in a range of contexts across the mental health field.
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Mental Health Practitioner
  • Youth Mental Health Worker
  • Outreach Program Worker

Pathways

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.

Akolda Bil

"It means future to me now. All I was doing before this was working in small jobs, or jobs that aren't going to get me far in life, so studying is a huge deal to me. It got me where I am now.... And it actually, studying gave me a path to go somewhere in my life."

Course Details

How you learn

As part of this course you will undertake a minimum of 80 hours work placement.

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.

Units of Study

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

Units of Study
Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCMHS005 PROVIDE SERVICES TO PEOPLE WITH CO-EXISTING MENTAL HEALTH AND ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS ISSUES Core 90
CHCCCS003 INCREASE THE SAFETY OF INDIVIDUALS AT RISK OF SUICIDE Core 110
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCMHS008 PROMOTE AND FACILITATE SELF-ADVOCACY Core 50
CHCMHS011 ASSESS AND PROMOTE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING Core 80
CHCMHS004 WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE CARE NETWORK AND OTHER SERVICES Core 75
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCMHS001 WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES Core 80
CHCMHS002 ESTABLISH SELF-DIRECTED RECOVERY RELATIONSHIPS Core 60
CHCPRP001 DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN NETWORKS AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS Core 80
CHCMHS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE Core 40
HLTWHS001 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 20
CHCCOM002 USE COMMUNICATION TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS Core 55
CHCMHS003 PROVIDE RECOVERY ORIENTED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES Core 60

Fees & Costs

Free TAFE

This is a Free TAFE for Priority Course. Free TAFE for priority courses cover the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

Please note that the Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2019. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Tuition Fees
$3650.00 - $11650.00
Estimated based on eligibility
Course Fees are only estimated. Find out what subsidies apply to you by contacting us.

Materials and Amenities cost

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

Attend an Info Session 

Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Requirements

  • you will need to have the literacy skills appropriate for the demands of this training and for the workplace
  • All applicants to attend an information session prior to enrolling
  • applicants should have a clear current police check and a current working with children’s check

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form. You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend of our Skills and Job Centres, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For certificate-level courses, you can pay by weekly or fortnightly direct debit using our Tuition Payment Plan. Read more about TPPs here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.