Community Services

CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

The qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery orientated support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services; rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment.

Entry Requirements:

Students must be employed in a Community Services organisation as a Mental Health Worker and must be able to satisfy a Department of Justice check and hold a working with vulnerable people card.

Information for potential students currently working in the mental health sector

Career Opportunities

Students who complete CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health may gain employment as a Mental Health worker.

Study Pathway

Students who complete CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health may enrol in further study in the following;

Location, dates and times


  • Rolling Intake  (You need to be working as a Mental Health Worker in a Community Service Organisation)
  • Duration:   2 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.
  • Contact us on 1300 655 307 to register your interest

Trainees and Apprentices

  • Next intake: Rolling intake
  • Duration: 2 years part time from the commencement of the enrolment start date.

Learning Options

  • Workplace (On the job training and assessment) through recognition

Assessment Process

Assessments are designed to help you demonstrate your skills and knowledge.   They allow us to confirm you can perform to the standard required in the workplace, to meet all of the requirements of the course.

Examples of assessments for this course may include;

  • Written Questions
  • Scenarios
  • Performance Tasks
  • Observations Checklist
  • Third Party Reports

Recognition of Prior Learning

It makes sense that you should be recognised for the things you already know how to do. TasTAFE can assess your skills and knowledge based on your previous education, work history or life experience. This may help you gain your qualification a whole lot faster.

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What will I need to bring?

The TasTAFE teacher will discuss the documentation that may be required at your first appointment.

Are there ‘other’ costs?

Working Vulnerable People registration ($120.00)

Work Placements, Licensing and Other Requirements

All Community Services Workers must meet the qualification requirements set by industry standards.

  • A National Police Check may be required
  • A Working with Vulnerable People Card is required

Students enrolled in CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health are working Mental Health workers in a community organisation.   The students employed working hours contribute to their volumes of learning and contributes to their on the job learning.

Desirable Skills and Attributes

The following skills and attributes will be useful to students studying this course;

  • Ability to read, write and understand documents for example; reports, policies, and procedures
  • Ability to listen to others and give full attention, taking time to understand and asking questions as appropriate (active listening)
  • Ability to model appropriate social and non-verbal behaviour
  • Ability to be responsible for others’ health and safety
  • Ability to demonstrate good interpersonal skills and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team

Student Support

TasTAFE’s enrolment and orientation process provides information about our resources, services and support. Further details relating to Student Support Services are available here


CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

Students who wish to exit prior to completing their full qualification will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for partial completion of their qualification for the units they have achieved a (CP) competency or (RCP) Recognition of Current Competency result.

Qualification Requirements

To achieve a CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health 18 units must be successfully completed.   These include 11 core units and 4 electives.   Electives are selected based on industry and/or employer consultation


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