A career in mental health peer work
The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43515 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
For information regarding the enrolment process, how to access your USI and general learner support, please refer to the Learner Handbook.
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
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.
|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
|Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer work
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
Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer work