Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 - Fast Track

Qualification overview

The Fast Track option allows workers with at least two years' professional experience to complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 qualification in just six face-to-face training days. It draws on, on-the-job experience to consolidate and build workers. Because of the small time commitment, it is a great opportunity for existing workers looking to get qualified and continue to improve their practice.

The Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 has been endorsed as a voluntary entry-level qualification by the community mental health sector. It provides an opportunity for participants to build upon their on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification in mental health.

Underpinned by the philosophy of recovery oriented practice, this course aims to build understanding and practical skills in working with people with mental health problems.

"I had a great training experience - the trainers were excellent."

- course participant

Who should enrol?

Support Workers
Team Leaders
Frontline Managers
Other staff who provide services to people with mental health conditions as part of their day to day work

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Entry Requirements

  • Have spent the last two years working in an identified support worker role providing direct ongoing support to consumers as part of their day to day work.
  • An online Language Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment is required before enrolment can be confirmed in this course.
  • A workplace supervisor or manager is required to provide evidence of the participants competency in the units/qualification. For further infrormation download the Supervisors Handbook.
  • Students will be required to have regular access to a computer and internet access to complete this course.

See Participant Handbook for further details

Course delivery and completion options

Course delivery

This qualification requires attendance at 6 full-day face-to-face workshops. In order to help you balance work and study, training sessions are delivered in two-day blocks.

Online Component
This qualification has a WHS unit delivered online.

Completion options

Recognition prior learning (RPL) - Full recognition
This option is most suited to an experienced worker who has current and extensive experience. You may have some qualifications and may also submit a collection of evidence e.g. work documents that contribute to a recognition assessment portfolio. You can gain the qualification through the recognition assessment based on evidence you provide.

Recognition prior learning (RPL) - Partial recognition/blended pathway
This option is most suited to someone with some qualifications and/or extensive experience in some areas. In a blended pathway, you do partial recognition (complete some units by recognition) and complete some assessment work and may include assessment only options. You may also need to attend some face to face training days for units of competency in order to complete the full qualification.

Units of Competency


This qualification consists of 15 units of competency including 11 core units and 4 elective units as outlined below:
Core units                                                
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective units
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Qualification fees

You may be eligible for a fee reduction or exemption dependent on your current circumstances and/or previous experience, for qualification fee pricing and current funding opportunities click here.

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Training delivered by Mental Health Coordinating Council Inc. RTO Code 91296