Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work - Fast Track


Upcoming training

  • Sydney Fast Track commencing 26-27 April 2018


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.

Are you an employer considering this course for your staff members? Read the Supervisors Handbook for more information.

Who is this training for?

  • Consumer peer workers
  • Carer peer workers

Entry Requirements

Applicants must:

  • 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
  • Be able to provide a job description and CV to prove their peer work experience
  • Have basic numeracy and literacy skills including reading, understanding and following WHS and other work related instructions, recording information and perform basic calculations such as additions and subtraction

Want to learn more about this qualification?

Please come along to MHCC's free information session, to learn about our qualifications, and if you are eligible for a subsidised place.

People with lived experience of mental health conditions may be eligible for fully funded qualification place through Smart & Skilled. In addition, employers can receive traineeship incentives for new or existing employees enrolling in the qualifications. Free coaching and support is also available for approved students.

The FREE Get Qualified workshop will answer all of your questions about both of our qualifications. Please register to confirm your place at this information session.

Wednesday 7 February 2018, 2-3.30am
Ground Floor, Corner Church and Glover Streets, Lilyfield

Qualification Fees 

Mental Health Peer Work - Certificate IV
MHCC Members   Non-members  
Without certificate-level qualification Smart & Skilled $1990 $1990
With previous certificate-level qualification Smart & Skilled $2320 $2320
Concession Smart & Skilled $240 $240
Fee exemption Smart & Skilled $0 $0
Course Pathway Full fee $3,400 $3,740
Recognition Pathway Full fee $2,210 $2,430
Partial Recognition/Blended Pathway Full fee from $2,550 from $2,800
Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Funding Available. 
Fees vary according to previous studies completed and concessions are available.
2017 - TBA 2017 - TBA
Traineeships under Smart and Skilled $1,000 $1,000

Smart and Skilled Funding

Subsidised training places, concessions and fee exemptions are available through the Smart and Skilled scheme. Students living with a disability, including a psychosocial one, can qualify for NSW government fully-subsidised places if they can provide evidence of their condition. For more information about Smart and Skilled and to find out if you are eligible visit or call 1300 772 104.

For organisations interested in funded places available or group training,
please contact Learning and Development on (02) 95558388 ext 106 or email

For more information about Smart and Skilled visit or call 1300 772 104.

When you are ready to apply you can complete our form.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government.
Mental Health Coordinating Council RTO Code 91296


What others have said about this course

"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."

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This qualification requires attendance at 6 full-day face-to-face workshops and the completion of an online Workplace Health and Safety unit.* In order to help you balance work and study, training sessions are delivered in two-day blocks.

Assessment Methods

Participants are assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class activities, written work and work placement.

To achieve this qualification you must also complete a work placement of at least 120 hours, with the exact length depending on which units you study.

MHCC is able to provide reasonable adjustments where necessary and can provide referral information for further support. See Participant Handbook for more details.

*Full or partial recognition of prior learning and credit transfer is available for this qualification.

Full or partial recognition of prior learning and credit transfer is available for this qualification.

The workshops will cover the following 15 units of competency:

  • 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
  • CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work (for consumers) or CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker (for carers)
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
  • CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide