Certificate IV in Mental Health


Certificate IV in Mental Health

Course Overview

This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.

Career Outcomes

Those who complete the course could be expected to work in roles such as

  • Assistant Community Services Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Outreach Officer

Career Pathway

Successful completion of this course allows for advanced standing in the Diploma of Community Services (CHC52015).

Course Duration

The program will be delivered over 24 weeks. There are a total of 23 weeks in class, with 5 weeks of full time clinical placement. The final week is assessment week.  There are six weeks of school holidays. Students are expected to complete 20 hours in class and 8 hours of self-study per week.

Entry requirements

  • students must be over 18 years of age
  • have completed a satisfactory police check.
  • Students must have an English proficiency of IELTS level 5.5 with no score below 5.0 or its equivalent

Furthermore, all applicants must demonstrate a genuine interest in, knowledge of and suitability for work in the aged-care industry. They must demonstrate the level of maturity and compassion required to be responsible for the care and support of people with mental health issues. These attributes will be assessed during an interview conducted prior to enrolment. International students will be required to attend a Skype interview as part of the course selection process.

Place of Study

This course is delivered in our purpose-built classrooms and nursing laboratories at Level 5 20-22 Macquarie Street Parramatta NSW 2150.

  • classroom with data projection and a whiteboard
  • Private study space
  • Campus with wi-fi capability

All practical placement is conducted in approved placement facilities.

Course Structure

This qualification is the minimum requirement for gaining work in the mental health area.

Units of Competency

Code Title Core/ Elective Nominal Hours Pre-requisites
Cluster One HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety Core 30 No
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core 55 No
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core 40 No
CHCADV001 Facilitate the rights and interests of clients Elective 100
Training Weeks 1-7
Class- 20 hours per week
Self Study- 16 hours per week= 36 hours per week
Practical Assessment
Full time from week 19-23
8 hours per day, for five weeks= 200 hours
Cluster Two CHCAGE001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients Elective 50 No
CHCCCS023 Support independence and well-being Elective 80 No
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication Elective 25 HLTAP
Training Weeks 7-11
Class- 20 hours per week
Self Study- 8 hours per week
Practical Assessment Full time from week 19-23
8 hours per day, for five weeks= 200 hours
Cluster Three CHCMHS002 Establish self recovery establishment relationships Core 60 No
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services Core 60 No
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services Core 70 No
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues Core 90 No
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care Core 40 No
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy Core 50 No
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well Core 80 No
Training Weeks12-18
Class hours- 20 hours per week
Self Study- 8 hours per week
Practical Assessment
Full time from week 19-23
8 hours per day, for five weeks= 200 hours
Final Theory Assessment Week 24- 2 days
Total Nominal hours – 848 hours
Total Delivered Hours

  • Class Time – 360 hours
  • Self-Study Time – 144
  • Practical Placement – 5 weeks x 8 hours per day= 200 hours
Week 24 is for 3 days of final assessment and support time. During this time student will be required to attend 3 days of class hours and will have access to AAON facilities and individual support if required. This time is allowed to ensure all tasks have been submitted as required

Course Delivery Arrangements

For full time international students, training will be delivered 3 days per week.  Two days of class hours will be 6 hours per day and one day of 8 hours per day for a period of 24 weeks. Five weeks of full time placement will take place in mental health facilities.

Training has been arranged in clusters to allow for units with common themes to be delivered together and avoid unnecessary repetition.

Each cluster has a minimum of between 7-12 hours of self-study time. This is to allow time for students to complete learning tasks that may not have been completed in class or to undertake research for assessments tasks. Students are not required to attend Thursday and Friday during training weeks. This time could also be used for gaining paid work. Students on study visas must not work more than 20 hours per week.

During training sessions student will also have access to the clinical laboratory to learn and practice skills such as performing activities of daily living tasks for their clients, using equipment such as the lifting hoist, practicing safe manual handling and infection control techniques etc. before placement begins.


Assessment will occur through a combination of written assignments, and practical application projects. Although students will undertake formative assessment during class using workbooks for individual units, final assessments will be clustered. Each cluster will include tasks that need to be undertaken during placement so students can show how the skills and knowledge they have developed in class are applied. Each cluster may require a small amount of self-study and research in order to complete assessment tasks; however it is anticipated most work will be completed in class.


Students are selected for enrolment by first assessing whether the student meets the published entry requirements of the course and then considering AAON’s capacity and enrolment numbers. Students are accepted on a first come, first served basis – meaning that where a course is full, students whose applications were received first will be offered enrolment first. If a course is full, students will be offered a place in the same course for the next available start date.

Course Credit

Students may be eligible for course credit as a result of previous study, prior experience or recognition of a competency currently held. The granting of course credit means that students do not have to complete part of the course because of existing experience and/or qualifications or statements of attainment. Course credit can be provided through national recognition, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. These terms are explained in detail in our Student Handbook. Students must apply for Course Credit prior to the end of the second week of the first term but are encouraged to apply at the time of course application. For further information about course credit and how to apply, contact our office.

To apply

To apply for enrolment in this course, students must:

  • Complete the course application form.
  • Certified police check

The application form can be found at www.aaon.education and can be submitted to our office.

Course fees

The total fees for this course are $7,000.00 plus $500.00 application fee and course materials. This includes all tuition fees, materials and administration costs as detailed below.


Payment will be due as follows:

  • First payment – application fee of $500 and $3,500 for tuition fees and materials. This payment is due 7 days after the written agreement and letter of offer.
  • Second payment $3,500.00 for tuition fees and materials payable during Week 10.


Payment will be due as follows:

  • First payment – application fee of $500 and $7,000 for tuition fees and materials. This payment is due 7 days after the written agreement and letter of offer.

Other fees

RPL $200 per unit
Reissuing of testamurs and statements of results $50
Replacement textbooks

This cost will only apply if you damage or lose the texts provided as part of the course, and require additional copies.

At cost
Access to records  – per page of printing if required 20c a page

Enrolment and Orientation

Upon acceptance of a student’s application for enrolment, a letter of offer, as well as a written agreement and tax invoice for remaining fees, will be forwarded to students.

The first 2 (two) days of each course will include orientation and induction. Orientation will include information about the campus, accessing our support services and methods for achieving success throughout your study, including attendance and course progress requirements.

This course outline should be read in conjunction with AAON’s Student Handbook. This is found online at www.aaon.education

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