CHC43515

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.

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

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Course overview

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AQF Level

Certificate IV

Course Duration

9 to 18 months depending on the mode of delivery
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Delivery Method

Classroom or Online
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Total Number of Units

15

Work Placement

80 hours (mandatory requirement)

Career Opportunities

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

Pathways from the qualification

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.

Support Arrangements

Students will be provided with the following support services:

  1. One on one support
  2. Computer and technology support
  3. Referral to external support services
  4. Reasonable adjustments to training and assessments.

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 Skills Assure Supplier.

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.

Code Title Core or Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care Core
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy Core
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing Core
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector Core
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services Core
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work Core
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and society Core
CHCMHS006 Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers Other Elective
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations Other Elective
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide Other Elective
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships Other Elective
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues Other Elective
CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work Elective (Group A)
CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer work Elective (Group B)

Code | Title | Core or Elective

CHCDIV001
Work with diverse people
Core

CHCMHS007
Work effectively in trauma informed care
Core

CHCMHS008
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
Core

CHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
Core

CHCPWK001
Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
Core

CHCPWK002
Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services
Core

CHCPWK003
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
Core

HLTWHS001
Participate in workplace health and society
Core

CHCMHS006
Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
Other Elective

CHCCCS019
Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Other Elective

CHCCCS003
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
Other Elective

CHCMHS002
Establish self-directed recovery relationships
Other Elective

CHCMHS005
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
Other Elective

CHCPWK004
Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
Elective (Group A)

CHCPWK005
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer work
Elective (Group B)

Graduate stories

Slide 1 Steve
Brisbane

Doing the Individual Support course through breakthru led me to regular employment in the disability sector. Since completing my course I have moved up two levels in pay rate, supported co-workers passing on and sharing the knowledge I obtained. I am no longer on benefits, which was the most important thing I wanted to achieve thanks to the breakthru teams dedication and support this has been possible. I am very grateful to the staff there for there help and support.
Slide 1 Veronica
Brisbane

The staff and trainers went 'above and beyond' to support and encourage all of us with the necessary knowledge and understanding to successfully complete the course. Personally, I found nothing was too big or small for breakthru to assist and the three weeks of practical training gave me the extra confidence and skills needed to find employment. I have been employed as a Personal Care Worker/Support Worker in the community since completing my course, the team at breakthru are truly worth their weight in GOLD.
Slide 1 Charlie Charlie
Townsville

The course trainers delivered each course perfectly. We were well prepared and equipped with exactly what we needed to carry out our roles as support workers. breakthru even went to the extent of finding workplace placements once we completed the theory work. I was offered employment right where I did my work placement.

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