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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 a common 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.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to communicate and work effectively in the mental health sector, promoting social, emotional and physical wellbeing, responding to critical situations, working with carers, early intervention strategies, working with people at risk of homelessness and suicide, supporting the recovery process, working with cultural diversity, ethical behaviour and 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.

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.


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees from until December 2021 capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

Only course fees are half price. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course.

^ You will pay half price for the course fees on the Lower fees, local skills qualifications, however other fees may apply such as for resources that are specifically needed for your course.


Some of the courses on the list can be done completely online. However some of the courses require a practical component which can't be done online, or some may be a mix of online and face-to-face learning. We’ll let you know what's required for your course. For a full list of online courses, please use the filters under the Refine course results menu.

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 placment for under 25 year olds is unlikely therefore students would be unable to complete the qualification successfully without a work placement. 

Work placement is a requirement for this course

Work placement is mandatory for completion of this course. SM TAFE will arrange a suitable work placement within industry for you which will involve your attendance at a workplace

[Other instructions will follow for work placement such as gaining police clearance etc]

Attendance in class

You will need to attend class for 2 semesters when studied full-time. 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.

Online study

If you are studying online the hours per week will vary.

Work placement

120 hours of work placement is mandatory for completion of this course in stage two. 

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).

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 or enrolment.

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When All year round
Where Armadale
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Semester 1

Duration 1 Year
When Semester 1
Where Armadale
How Full Time-Classroom

Semester 2

Duration 1 Year
When Semester 2
Where Armadale
How Full Time-Classroom

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