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 strongly encouraged to contact a host organisation and arrange their work placement as early as possible.
In the event that students are not able to secure their own work placement, please contact breakthru College so that we can assist you to secure work placement.
Students will also be required to obtain a number of clearances as listed below. Please note it is the student’s responsibility to check with their work placement host organisation regarding what screening is required, as some organisations have different policies and procedures.
• National Police Certificate
• Working with children check
• Vaccination record check
• Code of Conduct check
Up to 12 months depending on mode of delivery.
Total Number of Units
Please select your enrolment type:
NSW Government funded enrolment
QLD Government funded enrolment
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.
breakthru College has the following entry requirements:
Language, Literacy and Numeracy
You must demonstrate that you have the required level of Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills necessary to complete this course by undertaking a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. Please note that our LLN assessment is conducted via our LLN Robot purchased from the Learning Resources Group.
To effectively participate in their studies, all online learners are required to have their own laptop / tablet installed with Microsoft Office or similar. Learners are also required to have access to a stable internet connection and a computer / laptop / tablet to participate in an online LLN assessment.
breakthru College also has an option to provide physical copies of learning and assessment resources for face to face students.
Delivery and assessment
breakthru College will use the following delivery methods:
- Face to face / virtual 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 their learning.
breakthru College will use the following assessment methods:
- Oral or Written Questions
- Observation / Demonstration / Role-play
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Case Study
- 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.
You are expected to allocate a minimum of 27 to 33 hours per week to undertake this qualification. This includes training, self-paced study, supervised and non-supervised assessment activities, and work placement requirements.
Online study options are also available. Please contact us for more information.
Students will be provided with the following support services:
- One on one support
- Computer and technology support
- Referral to external support services
- Reasonable adjustments to training and assessments.
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.
Locations are available upon request. Please speak to our friendly training team for more information.
Units of competency
There are fifteen (15) units of competency to complete for the whole qualification, comprising of eight (8) core units and seven (7) elective units. 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
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 services
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
Participate in workplace health and society
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)
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.
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.
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.