Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work 

A career in Mental Health Peer Work

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. Workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.


AQF Level

Certificate IV

Course Duration

8 - 24 months depending on mode of delivery

Delivery Method

Classroom or Online

Total Number of Units


Work Placement

80 hours (mandatory requirement)


Units of competency


Work with diverse people


Participate in workplace health and safety


Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector

Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing



Facilitate the recovery process with person, family carers


Promote and facilitate self-advocacy


Work effectively in trauma informed care

Recognise and respond to crisis situations



Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide


Establish self-directed recovery relationships

Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues



Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services

Apply lived experience in mental health peer work



Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work

Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker



Entry requirements

Students must have standard Language, Literacy and numeracy skills and will be required to complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment at Certificate III level. A current Police Check is a requirement before the commencement of practical placement.



Classroom delivery 2-3 days a week, plus 80 hours of work placement.
Online study options available.


Course Locations

Locations are available upon request. Please speak to our friendly training team for more information

Career opportunities

  • Coordinator - Mental Health (Carer Peer Work)

  • Coordinator - Mental Health (Consumer Peer Work)

  • Mental Health Outreach Worker


Graduate stories

Jacky  |  Skilling Queenslanders for Work participant - Brisbane

I completed my training with breakthru in January 2018. The course was a Certificate III in Individual Support. The trainer was the best I have ever had, as she made the course so interesting and hands on. The trainer's visits and feedback while on practical work placement was super supportive and by the end of the course, I was employed!.

What may be surprising to people reading this is I am in my 60’s!! and have found my dream job!

The three R’s - The Right course, the Right Trainer and the Right Company!! Thankyou breakthru! Life can begin in your sixty’s!

Get started today!

Need help? Contact us.

1800 767 212