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.
9 to 18 months depending on the mode of delivery
Classroom or Online
Total Number of Units
80 hours (mandatory requirement)
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.
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.
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.
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
Portfolio of Evidence
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.
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.
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
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 drug issues
Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
Elective (Group A)
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer work
Elective (Group B)
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!