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This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people living with a mental health issue.

Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite services; residential services; rehabilitation programs; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals. Course details

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Cairns, External

Key dates and info


Online: up to 18 months
Full time: 12 months / 2 days per week

Course details


  • Full Fee $4,890
  • Subsidised $1,245
  • Concession $465

Cost details

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Key dates

Cairns Full time / 2 days per week Classroom
External Any time Online
Any time Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Entry requirements

It is recommended to have Year 10 and be currently working in an organisation providing mental health services.

If the student is not employed in the sector and undertaking Vocational Placement they will need to apply for a Working with Children Blue Card and they may also be required to obtain a police check at their own cost dependant on the needs of the industry.


Gatton, Newton, Eureka and Wilkinson Streets
Manunda QLD 4870

Study from any location

Resources required

Resources and assessments available and completed online.

Student will be required to have Internet, computer and chrome to access the online rooms. The content will be topic based, not unit based


Cairns campus: Face to Face delivery two days per week; Tuesday and Wednesday 9am to 3pm

External delivery: Blended delivery for external students using online classrooms Students are required to attend online classrooms twice a week for an 1.5 hours each (5pm to 6:30 pm Monday and Thursday).  The first online class will commence from 29 January, and students can enrol at any time to commence the units on the first Monday of each month.


Vocational Placement is a requirement of the course if not working in the Mental Health Sector. Students will need to complete the minimum of 80 hours of placement. If students live in the local area of Cairns they will be assisted to find placement if unable to find a placement themselves and students that do not live in the local area will need to find placement and assistance will be given to complete the relevant documentation.

Student will be expected to complete a Vocational Placement Booklet with 3rd Party reports.

Relevant documents:

Important Information

If the student is not employed in the sector and undertaking Vocational Placement they will need to apply for a Working with Children Blue Card with the assistance of TAFE and they may also be required to obtain a police check at their own cost dependant on the needs of the industry.

Next information session: Cairns Tuesday 29 May 2018 10am - 12pm and 5.30pm - 7.30pm; Room K1.37 (Theatrette).


Students are required to successfully complete 15 units; 10 core and 5 elective units to gain the qualification.

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core
HLTWHS006 Manage personal stressors in the work environment Elective
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services Core
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues Core
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context Elective
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships Core
CHCSOH001 Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness Elective
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide Mandatory Elective
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services Core
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care Core
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy Core
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing Core
VPC80 Vocational placement Core


Not all electives available at all campuses

Higher Level Skills subsidised funding:  To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course, the prospective student must provide evidence that they are an existing PAID worker in the Community Services industry for the duration of the course. Existing worker means a current employee who has a one month or more employment relationship with their employer and has actively fulfilled work duties for this period. The one month working relationship could be full-time or on a part-time/casual employment equivalent basis. Existing workers have access to employee entitlements and therefore do not include volunteers. If you would like to enrol in the course using this funding, you will need to obtain a letter of employment or payslip which clearly shows both your name and your employer’s name, or some other proof of employment (e.g. a business card) which confirms you work in the industry, to provide to TAFE Queensland at time of enrolment.  If you are unable to access the subsidised funding, the Full Fee price will be payable and payment can be made upfront or through a payment plan.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.

Higher Level Skills Subsidy

The Higher Level Skills Subsidy is a one-off subsidy that offsets the cost of an eligible Certificate IV or higher courses.

You're eligible for the Higher Level Skills Subsidy if you:

  • Are 15 years or older and no longer in school
  • Live in Queensland full time
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or temporary resident with the necessary visa or work permits
  • And don't currently have (or are enrolled in) a certificate IV or higher level qualification.
  • For some courses, you may also be required to hold a certificate 3 in a relevant industry field.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability. Further information about concessions.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

Job prospects

  • Mental Health Worker
  • Disability Worker
  • Community Services Worker
  • Aged Care Worker

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You're ready if you have:

  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
  • checked you meet the entry requirements (under the course details tab)
  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
    (under the costs tab)
  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland
  • If you are applying for a subsidised cost, please ensure you have all the relevant documents at time of enrolment

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By telephone: 1300 656 959. In person: at any TAFE Queensland North location.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 24 April 2018

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