This qualification is delivered over a period of 910 nominal hours including 144 hours work placement. Participants enrolled in this course will have up to 52 weeks (including the end of year holiday and term breaks) to complete the course requirements.
This Certificate IV level qualification will be delivered using a blended delivery model with a combination of face to face class room based and computer aided training sessions. Skill development in a relevant simulated environment is an added component of the session delivery. Educators will be available to provide necessary additional support to the students on request.
Level 1/169 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072. Practical placement locations as negotiated by ALACC with individual Providers.
This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.
This qualification is beneficial for any person who may
- Be actively seeking employment in community services industry sector
- Have no formal qualifications.
- Wish to review/update knowledge and practical experience in the community/aged care sector and require to expand their current skills and knowledge to include Mental Health
- Be seeking a new career
Students may be able to shorten the length of their studies through the recognition of past experience and/or qualifications gained elsewhere. Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer. These will be assessed according to the college’s policy & procedures to determine if/how much advanced standing will be granted. This course holds National Recognition.
The minimum age for eligible applicants is 18 years. Applicants must have successfully completed the equivalent of Year 11 according to the Australian Qualifications Framework.
Proficiency in English is required to meet Industry standards.
Although LLN test is not an entry requirement, students are asked to undertake the same so appropriate academic support can be ensured throughout the course of study.
Students will be required to undertake work placements to apply knowledge and develop their skills as part of the course requirements. Placements may occur in aged care, disability, or other aged care and community settings in Melbourne or Regional areas as organised by ALACC and according to the course requirements.
While ALACC takes responsibility to provides work placements for students,
however, to allow for flexibility, if a student finds a work placement that is more convenient for them, then ALACC will negotiate and have an Agreement with the Placement Provider before the student attends work placement.
Placements dates are on the timetable but can be subject to change depending on the appropriate Placement Provider’s ability to take students at a specific given period. Students need to be flexible with these dates and to ensure they can attend the placements as soon as it is available. ALACC is committed and ensures all students have Placements for the respective course.
Successful completion of this course may enable you to progress towards Diploma of Mental Health. Alternately this qualification may also enable you to take the direction towards Diploma of Nursing.
At the Certificate 1V level this course will help you continue to work efficiently within the Community Services Sector as workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support services for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. This may relate to the ANZSCO occupational classification value 423111 relating to Aged or Disabled Cares and related occupations
Please ask us about credit transfers.