Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

National Code: CHC43515
TAFE SA Code: TP01024


This qualification reflects the role of workers who have experienced mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be working in a related industry and provide evidence of this when you enrol.
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

  • Duration
    Full Fee
    Average cost per semester
    $930 - $1,053
    $1,555 - $1,762
    $447 - $506
    Total Fees for the 12 month course
    $1,859 - $2,106
    $3,110 - $3,524
    $894 - $1,013

    Average cost per semester
    Total Fees for the 12month course
    $1,859 - $2,106
    $894 - $1,013

    This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To access subsidised training through WorkReady, your suitability to complete the qualification will be assessed. This may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment.

    WorkReady Eligibility
  • 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

    Peer support workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.

    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 Peer Work (CHC43515)
    Skills covered include working with diverse people, trauma-informed care, self advocacy, wellbeing, peer work practices, continuous improvement and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 8 core units and 7 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 find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply lived experience in mental health peer work 40
    Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector 35
    Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80
    Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers 40
    Participate in workplace health and safety 20
    Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50
    Work effectively in trauma informed care 40
    Work with diverse people 40


    Name Nominal Hours
    Make a presentation 30
    Manage personal stressors in the work environment 25
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice 120
    Support group activities 30
    Support independence and wellbeing 80
    Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work 60
    Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker 40
    Work legally and ethically 55
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