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.
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
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.
The TAFE SA qualification 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.
This course is funded through the Government of South Australia's WorkReady initiative. To find out if you may be eligible for
this funding please visit the TAFE SA website.
There may be incidental fees for additional expenses to those required to complete the course. For example for equipment,
transport or accommodation.
To help with the payment of your fees, you may be able to pay your fees by instalments. To find out more please visit:
You may also be eligible for a fee concession if you hold a current:
- Health Care Card
- Pensioner Concession Card
- Veterans Affairs Card
or if you are a prisoner in a South Australian correctional institution.
To find out more please visit: www.tafesa.edu.au/concession