CHC43315 – Certificate IV in Mental Health – for International Students

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CHC43315 - Certificate IV in Mental HealthCRICOS: 094532E


​​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 985 nominal hours including 80 hours of work placement. Participants enrolled in this course will have up to 50 weeks (excluding the holiday and term breaks, 20 hours of study/week) 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 IV 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.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.

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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 learn/expand knowledge, skills and practical experience related to mnetal health in the community/ mental health/ age care sectors
  • 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 80 hours of 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 people receiving support

Enquire about this course

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Off Shore
International Fee
Applying for Student Visa 
AUD 12,800.00 AUD 9,500.00
Fees: AUD 8,700.00
Registration Fee: AUD 500.00
Materials: AUD 300.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

On Shore
International Fee
Not Applying For Student Visa – Temporary Visa Holders 
AUD 4,650.00
Fees: AUD 3,850.00
Registration Fee: AUD 500.00
Materials: AUD 300.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

**evidence of current visa required prior to enrolment

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

Please note that any Overseas student in Australia on student visa is only allowed to study with CRICOS registered provider, such as our college.  If you are already studying another course, please contact our friendly staff to understand your options.

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