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Certificate IV in Mental Health

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CHC43315

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Overview

Campus

Preston

Campus

Preston

Duration

11 months full time

Next Intake

February, July

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 CHC43315 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, our CHC43315 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 psychosocial disability sector. Melbourne Polytechnic students have the opportunity to learn on the job. You’ll undertake 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 CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health, you will be qualified to work in community-based support as a recovery-oriented mental health practitioner.

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.
  • Psychosocial Disability Support Worker
  • Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Practitioner
  • Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support 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.

Course Details

Delivery methods

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

To obtain the Certificate IV in Mental Health students must successfully complete 15 units of study. Due to COVID-19 delivery will be blended (consisting of virtual classrooms via Zoom, online and some practical classes on campus). Additionally, delivery will include:

  • Practical work placement
  • Research and online activities
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used including demonstration of skills and knowledge in simulated workplaces, written pieces, classroom activities and practical work placement.

Units of Study

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

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

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $760 $3800 $12150
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $935 $4050 $12400
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

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 19 November 2020. 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.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

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

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

Check your eligibility here.

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Check your eligibility here.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

Work books and class materials are supplied.

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age
  • Attend a course information session
  • Attend a course interview session
  • Undertake the required language, literacy and numeracy assessment
  • A Working With Children’s Check
  • A clear Police Check

Prior to attending an interview for the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health, please access and read the following document from the Australian Government:

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 to attend a course information session.

Following attendance at a course information session, you will be invited to attend a selection interview.

After the selection interview, successful applicants will be provided with a Letter of Offer for their course. The letter will include information for completing the enrolment process.

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 our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them 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.

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