CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health – for Domestic Students

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CHC43315 - Certificate IV in Mental Health


​​The CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health would be ideal to those who are seeking to develop professional skills to work with clients who face challenges with their mental health. If you are also looking for some volunteer work / experience in community services, this course would help you to grow your skills leading into mental health related work.

The course explores the relationship between mental health in the community and in work place. Focusing on working with families that deal with mental health issues is also highlighted. A well-structured workplace learning module is included to help you deliver practical skills.

Online training is available for this course.
Duration and Delivery

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.


189 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072. Practical placement locations as negotiated by ALACC with individual Providers.

Career Pathway

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

Qualification Description

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.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

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Who May Attend

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

Formative and summative assessments will be conducted to determine the achievement of competency-based learning outcomes. Assessments may include student questions, written assignments, case studies, projects, written reports, online workshop attendance practical activities, skills demonstration and job role environment and practical placement environment.

All assessments will be undertaken following the ALACC Assessment policy noted on the website and course handbook. Students will be advised of the assessment requirements at the beginning of each unit. Individual Unit outlines also contain assessment information. As this is a competency-based qualification, assessment continues until the participant achieves competency in the assessment tasks or a further training need is identified and addressed.


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.

Work placements

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.

Course Units

Please ask us about credit transfers.

Core Units

Work with diverse people
Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
Work legally and ethically
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide recovery oriented mental health services
Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
Assess and promote social, emotional, and physical wellbeing
Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units 4

Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Provide intervention for people with alcohol and other drug issues
Implement participation and engagement strategies
Facilitate the Empowerment of Older People

Enquire about this course

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Full Fee
AUD 2,700.00
Fees: AUD 2,100.00
Registration Fee: AUD 300.00
Materials: AUD 300.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Non-Concession)
AUD 220.00
Fees: AUD 20.00
Fees: AUD 100.00
Materials: AUD 100.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Subsidised Fee (Concession)
AUD 104.00
Fees: AUD 4.00
Registration Fee: AUD 50.00
Materials: AUD 50.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Government Funding Eligibility

To assess your eligibility for government funding please speak to one of our friendly staff or use below link:

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*Eligible students must: –

  • Present a Green Medicare card
  • Be a Permanent resident in Australia
  • Not have a qualification higher or equal to qualification being applied

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