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CHC43515 – Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

10 Weeks
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The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work has been developed and supports a nationally recognised qualification for peer workers to help facilitate recognition and broader engagement of peer workers throughout the mental health sector.  As a Mental Health Peer Worker, you are employed in a job where you can empower groups in your community. This role is a rewarding job and a great way to give back to your community by making a difference in people’s everyday lives.  The development of the qualification has involved a rigorous process with input from technical and advisory groups including peer workers and people with a lived experience.

By undertaking this training, you will be provided with a foundation to recovery-oriented practice through experiential activities, reflections and completion of workbooks and assessment items.  Recovery oriented practice training involves participatory learning, which incorporates the concepts, principles and philosophical framework of recovery-oriented community and mental health practice.  The training is delivered through a combination of face-to-face workshops, using self-paced learner resources and activities, and recognition of prior learning (including individualized training plans that incorporate robust reasonable adjustment).

This qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental illness 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.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of the units of competency.


This qualification may provide an appropriate pathway into higher level qualifications, such as those in aged care, mental health, disability and home and community care.


Successful completion of this course may enable you to work in the following occupational titles:

  • Peer Mentor
  • Advocacy Worker
  • Peer Education Officer
  • Carer
  • Youth Peer Worker
  • Consumer Consultant
  • Carer Consultant
  • Mental Health Peer Worker
  • Family Advocate
  • Consumer Representative


18months – Students are expected to spend approximately 10 study hours per week.


Total number of units = 15 (8 core units + 7 elective units)

CORE UNITS (8 units)


Code Name
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical well being
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Group A – Consumer Peer Work Specialisation

Code Name
CHCPWK004 Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

80 Hours of work placement required

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