OPEC College


CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

SKU CHC43315 Category

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.

  • Course Name: Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • Course Code: CHC43315
  • Course Completion Time: RPL is achieved at your own pace. 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 Studied: 15 (11 core units + 4 electives)
  • Nationally Recognised Training: Yes
  • Delivery Style: This course is delivered in a flexible way to suit your learning style. This could include online learning, hard copy materials or face to face where possible. You will be supported one on one by your own Trainer who will empower you to achieve your career goals.
  • Delivery Mode: OPEC College’s RPL + Study learning package is designed to help students achieve their qualification faster without having to study things they already know. Known as ‘Empowered Learning’, our RPL + Study packages are individually tailored, and after a formal assessment of knowledge and skills, students can achieve their qualification through RPL as well as undertaking study in areas where there’s an identified gap in their experience.
  • RPL available: Yes, absolutely!

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

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.

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.

If you are Studying

This course is assessed using a diverse range of assessment strategies to ensure we cover the assessment conditions for each unit of study and 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.

By Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

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

    RPL is a simple process with OPEC College and works like this

Click here to be taken to our Pre-assessment form.

Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Community Mental Health Worker
  • Mental Health Case Worker
  • Carer Per Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • NDIS Support Worker
  • Youth Mental Health Worker
  • Recovery and Rehabilitation Worker
  • Wellbeing Consultant
  • Family Centred Health Worker
  • Full RPL Achieved – $1495
  • RPL + Study (Empowered Learning) – $4495.00
  • By study $

Fees are broken down to an enrolment fee of $500 (for RPL only) and $995 (for Empowered Learning) and the balance either on completion or spaced evenly across the program to suit your financial needs.

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available on all OPEC College qualifications. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can provide you with nationally recognised qualifications through converting your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies.
RPL means you can gain qualifications simply through providing evidence of relevant knowledge and skills you have gained through previous work.
This means you don’t have to waste time studying what you already know.
You will be asked to provide evidence to support your application and the OPEC College RPL team will assist you through the RPL assessment process. Apply for RPL below to commence the process.

Click here for more information

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