Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43515 - Fast Track

Qualification overview

The Fast Track option allows peer workers with at least two years' professional experience to complete the CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work qualification in just six face-to-face training days. It draws on students' lived and on-the-job experience to consolidate and build their skills. Because of the small time commitment, it is a great opportunity for existing peer workers looking to get qualified and continue to improve their practice.

The peer workforce is growing rapidly within Australia's mental health sector. Developed in response to the need for nationally recognised credential in this area, this qualification will be an asset to anyone working in a mental health peer role. It will support peer workers to use their lived experience in a purposeful way to guide others on their recovery journey.

The training is highly practical, with students undertaking extensive reflection on their own peer work experience through classroom activities and assessments. There will be opportunities for students to learn from each other, and to discuss professional challenges they have faced. Workshops will be delivered by multiple facilitators. More information about what to expect can be found under 'Overview of Qualification' below.

"reflecting on the experience I had at work in the past, I can appreciate the breadth of content in [this training] could have solved a lot of the heartache I had along the way. This is going to propel the [peer] workforce forward."

- course participant

Who should enrol?

Consumer Peer Worker (paid or unpaid)
Carer Peer Worker (paid or unpaid)

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Entry Requirements

  • Have spent the last two years working in an identified consumer peer work role (paid or unpaid) providing direct ongoing support to other consumers as part of their day to day work or in a carer peer work role (paid or unpaid) providing direct ongoing support to other carers 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 requires the completion of an online Workplace Health and Safety unit.

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 8 core units and 7 elective units as outlined below:
Core units                                                
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carers
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
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
Compulsory Elective units
CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work – Elective Consumer Specialisation
CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker – Elective Carer specialisation
Elective units
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment

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