Certificate IV in Mental Health

National Code: CHC43315
TAFE SA Code: TP00828


This course equips graduates to provide a range of community services promoting mental health wellness and recovery, focusing on rehabilitation and support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

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12 months 

Full Time

Counsellor and Community Worker

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Course Admission Requirements

  • Either any Certificate III or higher or SACE Completion or equivalent
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course.

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Entry Recommendations
We recommend that applicants with no or limited knowledge or skills in community services study a Certificate III in Community Services before this course.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
This course is delivered through online study and two compulsory on-campus workshops a week. Workshops are usually from 9.30 to 4.00pm, and occasionally from 9.00 to 5.00pm. This course is available at Regency Park Term 1 and 3.

Industry Conditions and Skills
You are encouraged to consider your personal wellness and your capacity to interact with and be assessed on traumatic course content. You will need to have basic computer skills.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
Working with Children check and a National Police check.

Vocational Placements
You will do a vocational placement of 100 hours in a local industry specific setting. You will need to have current vaccination and screening checks before starting your vocational placement.

Mandatory Requirements
You will need to have a current Working with Children Check. Some industry partners may also require a current National Police Check, COVID-19 and flu vaccinations that you may need to meet or show evidence of.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
$1,140 - $1,304
$2,280 - $2,608
$540 - $618
$1,080 - $1,235
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
Full Fee
$3,900 - $4,461
$7,800 - $8,921

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. 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. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)
    This course covers working with diverse people, legal and ethical requirements, relationships, recovery-oriented services, networks, trauma-informed care, self advocacy, wellbeing and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 11 core units and 4 elective units plus 140 hours in a vocational placement. Vocational placement hours for existing workers will vary depending on experience in their related field of work.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2023 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
    Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50
    Provide recovery orientated mental health services 60
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
    Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75
    Work effectively in trauma informed care 40
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers 50
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Provide first aid 18
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
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