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

9 to 18 months depending on the mode of delivery

Delivery Method

Classroom or Online

Total Number of Units


Work Placement

80 hours (mandatory requirement)

Career Opportunities

 Peer Mentor, Youth Peer Worker, Peer Support Worker, Consumer Consultant, Health Peer Worker, Carer.  

Please note that students are required to organise their own work placement and Breakthru College is not responsible to ensure that you have a placement. If you are having trouble securing a placement, please contact your Trainer/Assessor for help as soon as possible.  


Students will also be required to obtain a number of clearances as listed below. However, it is the student’s responsibility to check with their work placement host organisation regarding what screening is required as organisations may each have slightly different requirements.  

  • National Police Certificate 

  • Working with children check 

  • Vaccination record check  

  • Code of Conduct check 


Students who complete this course may wish to complete a dual qualification with CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health or CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services. 


Entry requirements

Breakthru College has the following entry requirements: 

Language, Literacy and Numeracy  

Have the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills required by the course by completing a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment conducted by Breakthru staff members which includes a written test and interview to complete the verbal component of the test. The LLN test assists Breakthru to identify whether students’ LLN skills are at a level suited to the course requirements. It also assists our trainers to prepare individual learning plans for each successful applicant where skills weaknesses are identified.  

Physical Requirements 

Participants will need to have a reasonable level of fitness as the role may involve a variety of physical tasks such as providing personal care, assisting clients with mobility, transfers and there can be considerable time standing and walking.  

Resource Requirements 

All students are required to bring their own laptop / computer installed with Microsoft Office or similar, to participate in our classes.  


Delivery and assessment

Classroom delivery 2 days a week, plus 80 hours of work placement. 


Breakthru College will use the following delivery methods: 

  • Face to face classroom (theory and practical sessions) – includes classroom-based delivery for knowledge and practical teaching in a simulated environment 

  • Self-paced study (structured and mandatory) - students are required to undertake self-study to complete a range of structured activities such as reading, research, completing case studies, and quizzes to reinforce your learning.  

  • Unsupervised study hours – students will be required to do research, private study and/or assignment work in their own time. The nature of this unsupervised study hours is unstructured. 


Breakthru College will use the following assessment methods:  

  • Oral or Written Questions 

  • Observation / Demonstration / Role-play 

  • Report  

  • Portfolio of Evidence  

  • Case Study  

  • Research  

  • Journal / Log 

  • Third Party Report 


You will be required to complete a range of activities throughout the course depending on the requirements of each unit of competency. You will also be provided with the assessment and delivery plan at the commencement of your course which outlines the topics to be covered, duration, resources and due dates.  


Online study options are also available. Please contact us for more information.  


Funding eligibility

In New South Wales you may be eligible under this qualification for Smart & Skilled funding. 


​In Queensland, you may be eligible under this qualification for Higher Level Skills funding. 


Course locations

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


Cost and pricing

Please contact our friendly training staff on 1800 767 212 for our course fee.  


Units of competency

The course consists of 15 units of competency and is delivered within a period of 9 months (for face to face mode) or 18 months (for online delivery mode). A work placement of 80 hours is also required.



Core or Elective


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




Apply lived experience in mental health peer work 



Participate in workplace health and safety 



Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers 


Other Elective  

Recognise and respond to crisis situations  


Other Elective

Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide  


Other Elective

Establish self-directed recovery relationships 


Other Elective

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


Other Elective

Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work  


Elective (Group A) 

Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer work 


Elective (Group B) 

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!

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