Certificate IV in Mental Health (CHC43315)

Entry Requirements

  • You must have completed year 1 or equivalent or be considered a mature aged student.
  • All applicants must also complete a literacy and numeracy assessment at AHEA.
  • Applicants are required to have access to computer and internet.



Course Duration

  • 22 weeks (approximately), including 6 weeks of Supervised Field Placement
  • Additional placement time may be required if assessed as Not Yet Competent.
  • AHEA usually does not hold classes during periods designated as school term breaks by the West Australian Department of Education or on gazetted public holidays.



Delivery Mode

  • Full Time:
    • This course requires participants to complete up to 5 hours of individual prereading and preparation before each class.
    • AHEA’s classes are small in size, usually a maximum of twelve students. This allows for a more intense form of instruction and personalised delivery.
  • Flexible/External (only available for students working or volunteering in the relevant industry)
  • RPL/RCC available: Contact the Academy if you need more details



Course Costs

  • Go to our Fees and Charges page or contact the Academy for current course costs.
  • Please note that the course costs do not include The Working with Children Check, the National Police Clearance and/or any medical clearance which the placment facilities may require.



Employment Opportunities

The Certificate IV in Mental Health will equip you to enter employment in a variety of occupational roles such as:

  • Mental Health worker
  • Welfare worker
  • Recovery worker


Please Note

*** All units require students to demonstrate that they have gained competence from on-the job training (Supervised Field Placement).

*** Students must ensure they can obtain a Working With Children’s Check and/or National Police Clearance when required. This is not provided as part of the course and is the responsibility of the student. Students may also be required to provide a medical clearance at their own expense.

*** For students who are undertaking Supervised Field Placement and they are pregnant, we require a letter from their General Practitioner stating it is safe for them to continue with the Supervised Field Placement.

*** All resources are provided on loan for the use by students during the course.

Units of Competency covered

Core Units

CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
CHCMHS007Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008Promote and facilitate self advocacy
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well-being
HLTWHS001Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCCOM005Communicate and work in health or community services
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
HLTAID003Provide first aid