Certificate IV in Mental Health 

A career in Mental Health support

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.


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


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Work legally and ethically

Participate in workplace health and safety



Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and 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


Work collaboratively with the care network and other services


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

Reflect on and improve own professional practice



Provide recovery oriented mental health services


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!

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