Certificate IV In Mental Health

Certificate IV in Mental Health

Campus: Wollongong
Duration: 2 Sessions (8 months)  
Course Code: CHC43315
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Course 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.

Career Prospects

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible career prospects for students with this qualification include:

  • Team Leader
  • Drug & alcohol worker
  • Mental Health worker
  • Recovery worker
  • Residential care worker
  • Accommodation support worker
  • Home Care assistant
  • Personal Care worker,
  • Community Program Coordinator

Entry Requirements

  • Aged 16 and over, AND
  • Complete a UOW College basic literacy and numeracy test with results of level 2 or higher.

Units of Study

The UOW College Certificate IV in Mental Health consists of 15 units of competency. They are as follows:

Code Subject Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector


Students are required to attend classes at the University of Wollongong, Main Campus three days per week. The course is delivered full-time for 8 months (2 sessions) and includes self-paced activities and a minimum of 120 hours of work placement.

Traineeships are also available for this course.

Work Placement

Students are required to successfully complete a minimum of 120 hours of work placement. Work placements will be coordinated by UOW College.

  • Successfully complete a minimum of 80 hours of work placement throughout the duration of their course. During this time, students will be required to attend 5 days per week.
  • Attend work placement each session to demonstrate the application of skills and knowledge within a workplace setting.
  • Organise their own transport to and from the placement facilities.
  • Organise leave with their employer (if applicable) to attend work placement.
  • Plan financially for their unpaid work placement period.

For VET courses with work placement components:
Please Note: Course fees do not include additional uniform requirements for work placement (eg, shoes) and any other associated costs (eg, travel or parking costs). Additional costs may also be incurred to attend excursions.


UOW College is committed to providing a quality learning environment through a range of programs designed to advance students’ learning. To achieve this, we maintain a learning culture based on quality and equity by providing high quality trainers/facilitators, staff, courses, services, facilities and resources. UOW College ensures its assessment policies, rules and procedures are fair for all students.

Assessment includes both formative and summative. A range of assessment methods are used to determine competence including:

  • Short answer/multiple choice questions
  • Assignments
  • Oral presentations
  • Role play
  • Visual presentation
  • Simulations
  • Workbooks 

Included Course Materials

  • Learning resources/texts
  • Class power point presentations, notes and handouts
  • UOW College uniform - shirt and name badge

Payment Options

  1. NSW Government Smart and Skilled funding available 
  2. Upfront payment
  3. Pay by instalment plan

Progression to UOW

On successful completion of a Certificate IV level qualification, you may be eligible to apply for entry to a number of UOW bachelor degrees.

See Progressing to UOW for more information or visit the UOW Course Finder for information on eligible Bachelor programs.

Last reviewed: 9 February, 2018