OPEC College

This course is Nationally Recognised Training.


Certificate IV in Mental Health

This course will equip students with the knowledge needed to develop specialised skills to effectively support people living with or struggling with one or more mental health conditions. The course places emphasis on learning about diversity and inclusion regarding mental health and other trauma and teaches students strategies and skills that will assist in delivering recovery-oriented services. Whether individuals are currently working in the mental health, disability, rehabilitation, or health & wellbeing sectors, or wish to make a start in the field, this certification will deliver the skills and strategies needed to navigate this important and in-demand sector of work.

Earn your Certificate IV in Mental Health with OPEC College!

Are you working in or do you want to work in a mental health role to achieve the best possible outcomes for your clients as well as wonderful job-satisfaction and a multitude of career progression opportunities? This course will teach you skills and techniques to deal with a variety of mental health situations, work in an alcohol or drug context and promote the social, emotional and physical wellbeing of your clients.

How to Achieve the Qualification

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
Personalised to your needs, available on all OPEC College qualifications

If you believe you already have the knowledge and skills to achieve this qualification we encourage you to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning.

Free skills assessment

Fill in our pre-assessment form and we'll give you the guidance you need for the next steps to achieving your career and qualification goals.

Evidence portfolio and review

We work with you to provide evidence and we conduct gap training if needed

You're now qualified!

Your new certifications are Nationally recognised and issued by our Registered Training Organisation (RTO). You are now ready to pursue your new career opportunities!

Our RPL Process

Empowered Learning (RPL + Study)
We use a a diverse range of assessment strategies to ensure we cover the assessment conditions for each unit of study.

We provide our students with interesting and flexible assessment experiences.

All assessments are completed in your own time and submitted online, with no assessment due dates. This modern and flexible approach is designed to reduce the uncomfortable pressure and unnecessary stress that traditional assessment testing is so famous for. Marking feedback is provided online usually within 1 week of submission.

Many assessments will include researching, reading and analysing information on your computer, laptop or tablet (Internet required), however each unit of study provides assessment instructions and benchmarks you can easily follow to successfully complete each assessment task.

Course Details and Structure

Nationally Recognised Training, accredited with ASQA under the Australian Training Framework

RPL is achieved at your own pace with our support for your evidence gathering process. This is typically completed within 2 to 4 weeks.

RPL + Study is achieved part time. Our skilled Trainers and Assessors will support you achieving the best educational outcomes by completing a study Unit of Competence every four to six weeks.

*We have open enrollment which means you can start whenever you are ready.

Units you will study

Total number of units = 15 (11 core units plus 4 elective units)

Core units

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health & alcohol & other drugs issues
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCYTH011 Work effectively with young people and their families

NOTE: OPEC College has consulted extensively with Industry, and has chosen electives that offer a broad base of knowledge to support graduates to succeed in today’s world. The elective unit options listed represent the OPEC College approved electives. This is a reduced list from the qualification packaging rules specified electives list. If you would like to RPL an elective unit that is not included in this list, please speak to your Trainer/Assessor.

Work Outcomes & Career Pathways

Course Fees

Enrolment fee of $500 and the balance may be paid upon completion.

Enrolment fee of $995 and the balance spaced evenly across the program. 25% of the remaining course fee will be invoiced 3, 6, 9, and 12 months after enrolment.

*Early completion results in final invoice for remaining amount.
**Rapid progress could result in invoices being brought forward.

Payment Options

A range of flexible payment plans are available and can be set up at the enrolment stage.

Current government funding models possibly available to OPEC College students are found on the Funding page, click here for more information.

Entry Requirements

Formal Entry Requirements

To achieve this qualification by RPL, the individual must have completed a total of least 80 hours of work in a community health field in a community context. For study, placement will take place across the course duration. Video evidence will be required to show the performance of on-the-job tasks. We will provide simple guidance to help with your video collection.

Technical Requirements

Please see the technical requirements below, as you will need access to a modern personal computer and the internet to study this course. In addition, you will need to be able to use this computer, including basic word processing, use of Microsoft Office software and electronic communication platforms and internet search engines.

Windows PC / Laptop / Tablet: Windows 7 (or higher) • Latest version of Chrome • Microsoft Office (2010 or higher) • Latest Flash Player • Latest Adobe PDF Reader

Apple Mac: Mac OS X 10.6 (or higher) • Latest version of Chrome or Safari • Microsoft Office for Mac (2010 or higher) • Latest Flash Player • Latest Adobe PDF Reader

Android: Android latest version • Latest version of Chrome

iPhone & iPad: iOS latest version • Latest version of Chrome (*Students using an iPad or iPhone will need to upload documents from a Laptop, PC or have a Dropbox account)

Students over the age of 40 may be eligible for funding. Click on the button below to know more about the Skills Checkpoint for Older Workers (SCOW) Program.