Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

National Course Code CHC43515

Qualification overview

The peer workforce is arguably the fastest growing workforce in mental health in Australia. Based on international evidence and identified sector need, the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43315 has been developed to meet the needs of this emerging workforce.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental health conditions as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.

This training provides an opportunity for peer workers to build upon their lived experience and their on-the-job experience and receive a nationally recognised qualification in mental health.

"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

  • Consumer Peer Worker or Carer Peer Worker currently working (paid or unpaid) in an identified peer role providing direct ongoing support to other 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 participant's 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 14 full-day face-to-face workshops.

Online Component
This qualification has a WHS unit delivered online.

Completion options

If you have on-the-job experience or workforce training, you may be closer to a qualification than you think!

MHCC offers a variety of course completion options for you to undertake the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43515.

Course Pathway
Undertake the full qualification in just 12 months.

The course pathway is suited to students with no prior qualification and little work experience or someone who has more on-the-job experience and would like to consolidate it through formal learning.

This option requires attendance at all 16 face to face training days as well as completion of an online module. You will also need to undertake a variety of assessments, including at least 80 hours of workplace activities, to attain this qualification.

Recognition prior learning (RPL) - Full recognition
This option is most suited to workers with current industry experience of 5 or more years and with extensive specific knowledge and skill in the competence contained in the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43315.

Students are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about RPL.

Partial recognition/blended pathway
This option is most suited to workers with current industry experience of 2 or more years with knowledge and skill in the competencies contained in the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work CHC43315.

Students will complete some units by recognition, some by assessment and may also need to attend some face to face training days in order to attain the full qualification.

Fast Track
Our Fast Track option supports workers with at least two years' professional experience to complete the nationally recognised qualification. It draws on students' lived and on-the-job experience to consolidate and build their skills.

Fast Track approach requires attendance at all six face to face training days delivered in two-day blocks over a two-month period. Evidence of prior learning and on-the-job experience will be required in addition to course participation and completion of assessment activities.

Learn more about Fast Track

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
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
BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
CHCGRP001 Support group activities
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