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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This course is available for online study.
Look out for the self-paced option below to apply. Once enrolled, you will receive information about how to login to our eCampus and instructions for getting started studying this course online.
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 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.
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Students required to be at least 25 years of age. Industry have advised that work placment for under 25 year olds 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
All students enrolled in Community Services, Youth Work and Mental Health are encouraged to obtain First Aid training (HLTAID003 is preferred). It is your responsibility to organise and pay for the training.
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.
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.
Study options and next steps
Click on your preferred study mode below to get started with your application.