OPEC College

Accredited Short Course On Mental Health Skill Set

CHCSS00103

Mental Health Peer Work

Become a valuable asset to the mental health community with CHCSS00103 Mental Health Peer Skill Set! Peer support is a critical component of mental health care, providing individuals with lived experience the opportunity to connect and provide support to others facing similar challenges. This course will equip you with the skills and knowledge to become a mental health peer support worker, helping others on their journey towards recovery and wellness. You’ll learn how to provide compassionate and effective support to individuals with mental health issues, drawing on your own experiences to connect and empathize with others.

Course Details and Structure

Units can contribute to credit towards a range of qualifications in the CHC Community Services Training Package, including the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health.

Units: 3

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
  • CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work


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.

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

RPL is available and achieved at your own pace with our support for your evidence gathering process. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) converts your existing skills, knowledge and experience, gained through prior work or study, into formal competencies. This is typically completed within 2 to 4 weeks.

Read more about RPL here.

RPL + Study is achieved part time, with our skilled Trainers and Assessors supporting you in completing a study Unit of Competence every 4 to 6 weeks.

Known as ‘Empowered Learning’, this learning package is individually tailored, where 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.

Assessment Methods

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.

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!

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. 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.

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.

Course Fees

Full payment for enrolment to RPL only. Enrolment fee of $500 for RPL + Study and the balance may be paid upon completion.

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.

Work Outcome

This skill set is for new entrants to mental health peer work. With CHCSS00103 Mental Health Peer Skill Set, you’ll be able to differentiate yourself as a valuable mental health peer support worker, equipped to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. This course will help you develop the skills and knowledge to provide compassionate and effective support to others.

Entry Requirements

Formal Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification, however please read through the following information to assess if you have the English language and literacy skills necessary to successfully complete this course.

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)

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CHCSS00103 Mental Health Peer Work Skill Set