CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work – for International Students

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CHC43515 - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer WorkCRICOS: 113357J


This qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Successful graduates will acquire the skills of therapeutic communication and coaching, conducting assessments, facilitating peer support groups, providing advocacy and support, assisting with crisis intervention, and implementing recovery-focused strategies, recovery and trauma-informed care, and working with impacted families, as well as knowledge of current legal and ethical considerations affecting the operation of mental health services, including the NDIS. 

Upon completing this program, graduates may gain employment within the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services as a peer worker or carer peer. They will be qualified to provide support and hope to others with mental health issues. 

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. 

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

Online training is available for this course.

This qualification will be delivered over 820 hours including 100 hours of practical placement. Participants enrolled in this course will have 41 weeks to complete the course requirements, including 20 hrs/week classroom-based delivery and placement activities. The actual duration of the program is dependent on the learner’s progress and prior knowledge/experience as well as their literacy and numeracy skills., as this allows time for students to practice their skills and knowledge. 

Variations may occur as per individual training plan. Some students may be able to complete a course in a shorter duration, if they are eligible for Credit Transfer and/or Recognition of prior learning (RPL). Extensions may be provided, based on CEO/ Director of Studies approval. 

Please note: The course duration may vary for individual students based on their current academic and work experience. All students will be assessed on an individual basis for their ability to meet the course requirements within an extended or reduced time frame. 

Delivery Format

This qualification will be delivered using a combination of classroom-based delivery and other student participation methods. This will include classroom theory delivery, supervised assessment assistance, supervised learning, unsupervised directed learning, skills training, placement to build on participant’s knowledge and skills on-the-job.  

A variety of presentation types may include eLearning resources and classroom-style delivery for those students requiring assistance. Such methods are well suited to present fundamental and theoretical knowledge. 

The effectiveness of the training sessions involving student participation is encouraged, including class sizes from 5 to 25 students. These restrictions will maximise trainer/student interaction during training. 


189-191 Plenty Road, Preston, VIC 3072. Practical placement projects locations as negotiated by ALACC with individual Providers. 

Employment Job Opportunities

Upon completing this course, students may gain employment within the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services. 


Occupational titles may include:  

  • Mental Health Coordinator 
  • Community Services Worker 
  • Mental Health Intake Officer 
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker 
  • Mental Health and Community Rehabilitation Support Worker. 
Career Pathway

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to progress to other courses, such as Certificate Iv in Mental Health and Diploma of Mental Health 

You may be interested to combine other qualifications: 

We offer the opportunity to combine the Qualification with another Qualification. By taking advance of common and imported units, you can complete two qualifications for less. 

  • Certificate IV in Mental Health 
  • Diploma of Mental Health 
  • Diploma of Community Services 
  • Diploma in Leadership and Management 
  • Diploma of Work Health and Safety 
Qualification Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in community. This qualification addresses work in roles that usually involve service delivery, either direct client work and/or community education or development projects. Workers at this level operate at an advanced skill level and may also have responsibility for the supervision of other staff and volunteers. They make also undertake case management and program coordination. 

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 200 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency. 


The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State or Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice. 

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Who May Attend

  This qualification is beneficial for any person who may: 

  • Be actively seeking employment in a worker in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services to support consumer peers or carer peers. 
  • Have no formal qualifications in mental health, community services or disability support.  
  • Wish to review/update knowledge and practical experience. 
  • Be seeking a new career 


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)     

ALACC has an explicit & methodical RPL process which is outlined in detail in the RPL policy, Student Prospectus and on ALACC website, are encouraged to apply if you believe that they may be eligible.  


Students may be able to shorten the length of their studies through the recognition of experience and qualifications gained elsewhere.  Applications can be made for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). These will be assessed according to the College’s policy to determine if and how much advanced standing will be granted.  


Credit Transfer                                                                                                         ALACC recognises AQF qualifications and Statements of Attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisation in Australia. Students may request total credit for a whole unit or qualification based on study in an identical unit or qualification at another institution. Suitable documentation such as a Statement of Attainment/ Transcript of results must be provided when applying for Credit Transfer.  Applications can be made for Credit Transfer (CT) via online form from ALACC website or Student Portal. 


The detailed explanation of Credit Transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) could be found in Course Credits Transfer (CT) and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) | ALACC Health College Australia. 

Entry Requirements

There are no specific pre-requisite requirements for entry to the qualification as per the Training Package. 

The following are not entry requirement, but may need to be considered prior to understanding this course. 

  • 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 may be asked to undertake the same so that appropriate academic support can be ensured throughout the course of study. 
  • Must have the ability to undertake a work placement at a community mental health, aged care, home and community care, disability care or community service organisation 
  • A Pre-training Review is conducted with the Learner to identify Language, Literacy and Numeracy levels, any disability that may affect your learning and to ascertain support that may be required during your study period. 
Practical Work Placements

To achieve this qualification, the learner must have completed 100 hours of work placements as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the Units of Competency. The work placements allow students to apply knowledge and develop their skills as part of the course requirements. The placements may occur in community mental health settings in Melbourne or Regional areas as organised by ALACC and according to the course requirements. 

ALACC takes the responsibility to provide work placements and negotiate with individual providers and ensure an Agreement is in place. Alternatively, Alternatively, students have the choice of organising their placement at an approved facility, subject to a valid agreement between ALACC and the placement providers; and a supervisor to sign off their work experience documentation. Students who wish to organise their placement at an approved facility work if relevant to the course, they must discuss with ALACC course coordinator and provide evidence of current work as per our placement process. ALACC will negotiate with the Placement Provider and organise agreement signed between both sides before the student attends work placements. For security reasons, students cannot undertake their work placements without a valid Agreement between ALACC and the Placement Providers. All placement arrangements must be approved prior to commencing placement. 

Students going on work placements will be required to provide relevant documentation to enter the facility such as police check, mandatory immunisation and COVID booster vaccination. Students allergic to the latter must provide evidence. 

Placements dates will be provided by the placement provider and can be subject to change depending on the appropriate Placement Provider’s ability to take students at a specific given period. Students may need to be flexible with these dates and ensure they can attend the placements as soon as it is available. 

The cost for the practical placement is included in the course fee. However, if a student does not attend the allocated placements, then the student will have to pay for the costs set by the practical placement providers for cancelling their placements, unless a medical certificate is provided. The student placement may be delayed allowing time for the Placement coordinator to find another work placement. 

Course Units

Please ask us about credit transfers.

Core Units

Work with diverse people
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
Assess and promote social, emotional, and physical wellbeing
Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Apply human rights-based approach to the identification prevention and reporting of disability abuse
Identify and provide initial response to family violence risk

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Off Shore
International Fee
Applying for Student Visa 
AUD 6,500.00
Fees: AUD 6,000.00
Registration Fee: AUD 300.00
Materials: AUD 200.00

Additional Costs

Uniform: AUD 40.00

*Indicative Fees Only - Subject To Change

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On Shore
International Fee
Not Applying For Student Visa – Temporary Visa Holders 
AUD 3,650.00 AUD 3,650.00
Fees: AUD 3,150.00
Registration Fee: AUD 300.00
Materials: AUD 200.00

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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