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CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

National ID: CHC43315 State ID: AWK8
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Are you ready for a career giving support to people with a mental illness?

When you complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health you'll be on your way to a career as a mental health support worker, community support worker, or case worker.

Gain these skills

  • promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • respond to critical situations
  • work with carers
  • early intervention strategies
  • work with people at risk of homelessness and suicide
  • support the recovery process
  • work with cultural diversity
  • ethical behaviour 
  • legal responsibilities

This course has a minimum age requirement of 25 years old to be eligible to enter the course, as we are unlikely to be able to secure work placements for anyone under 25 years old.

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Half-price

This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2025 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped for each year at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

Online

Online study is available for this course. Be sure to check the study requirements tab for information about studying this course using eCampus including study assistance and our helpful online study guide, then use the apply now link where you see the online study option. 

This course requires vaccination, police clearance and working with children check prior to work placement. See the important information tab for instructions. 

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III

Students required to be at least 25 years of age. Industry have advised that work placement for under 25 year old's is unlikely therefore students would be unable to complete the qualification successfully without a work placement. 

Students required to be at least 25 years of age. Industry have advised that work placement for under 25 year old's is unlikely therefore students would be unable to complete the qualification successfully without a work placement. 

Attendance in class

You will need to attend class for 2 semesters when studied full-time for 3 days per week in stage one and 2 days two per week in stage two. 

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately one hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

What you need for your first day of class

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID and stationery (pen and exercise book).

Work placement

This qualification requires the completion of a work placement of approximately 120 hours.

If you live in the local area of Perth you will be assisted to find a placement if you are unable to find one.

 

Online study

Students completing the online study option will complete two units at a time, with progress monitored by their lecturer. This can be done at a pace suitable to you but for each group of units you have 4 months to complete, so we recommend you use our schedule provided to you at enrolment to assist you in avoiding having to re-enrol in the unit. 

Students must be able to demonstrate practical skills to achieve this qualification while studying completely online. Lecturers may arrange sessions for students that wish to access face to face support. 

Work placement

This qualification requires the completion of a work placement in an appropriate Mental Health recovery role of approximately 120 hours, to be arranged by yourself.

The nature of online study can involve a significant investment of time and the ability to be a focused, self-motivated learner. You should consider your personal circumstances and past study history before committing to study online. Find out more in our online study info pack below.

Online study info pack (334 KB) (PDF document - opens in a new tab)

All students enrolled in Community Services, Youth Work and Mental Health are encouraged to obtain First Aid training (HLTAID011 is preferred). On campus students will receive first aid training as a unit in the recommended study plan. Online students will need to organise and pay for the training as their own responsibility.

You may be required to obtain a Working With Children Check and National Police Clearance prior to a supervised work placement. This will depend on the organisation you arrange your work placement with.

For more information visit:
https://workingwithchildren.wa.gov.au(opens in a new tab)
https://www.police.wa.gov.au/Police-Direct/National-Police-Certificates(opens in a new tab)

Important COVID-19 update

This course requires you to undertake a mandatory work placement with an employer associated with an industry outlined in the COVID-19 mandatory vaccination policy. This means that you must be triple dose vaccinated prior to your work placement.  For the latest information on vaccine requirements for students visit our COVID-19 update page.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

SM TAFE actively promotes the employment availability of course graduates to key industry partners and organisations. We also seek expressions of interest from organisations for the placement of our students into work experience. In addition, this course involves work placement, giving you further opportunity to develop relationships with potential employers. We endeavour to assist students into a career pathway, but please be aware that employment is not guaranteed by us.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

Select your preferred campus and apply

Click on your preferred campus and study mode below to get started with your application.

Semester 1, 2023

Details
Duration 1 Year
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Armadale
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $386.75 $1,586.75
Concession $373.44 $386.75 $760.19

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you are a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you will only pay for the units that you need to enrol into to complete this course. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers

All year round

Details
When All year round
Where eCampus
How Online
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $304.00 $1,504.00
Concession $357.60 $304.00 $661.60

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you are a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you will only pay for the units that you need to enrol into to complete this course. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers

Semester 2, 2022

Details
Duration 1 Year
When Semester 2, 2022
Where Armadale
How On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $1,200.00 $386.75 $1,586.75
Concession $373.44 $386.75 $760.19

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you are a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you will only pay for the units that you need to enrol into to complete this course. Please view the full list of Fee disclaimers

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