CHC43515 - Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Have experience counselling peers? Get it recognised.

If your career is focused on improving Mental Health Peer Work skills, developing and providing community education programs, supporting relationships with carers and families, and supporting positive lifestyles for your clients, your experience may provide all you need to achieve formal recognition.

Use your skills in establishing and maintaining effective networks, working with the Australian housing system, and supporting independent lifestyles for the elderly to become certified in, improve job prospects for, or gain entry to the field of Mental Health Peer Work.

Design an effective career approach in Mental Health Peer Work and make a big difference.

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Total number of units = 15

  • 8 core units

  • 7 elective units, consisting of:

  • at least 5 units from the electives listed below

  • up to 2 units from the electives listed below, any endorsed Training Package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome

Any combination of electives that meets the rules above can be selected for the award of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. Where appropriate, electives may be packaged to provide a qualification with a specialisation.

Packaging for each specialisation: 

  • All Group A electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer Peer Work)

  • All Group B electives must be selected for award of the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Carer Peer Work)

  • All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core units 

Unit Code

Unit Title


Work with diverse people


Work effectively in trauma informed care


Promote and facilitate self advocacy


Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector


Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services


Apply lived experience in mental health peer work


Participate in workplace health and safety


Elective units

Group A - CONSUMER PEER WORK specialisation

Unit Code

Unit Title


Work effectively in consumer mental health peer work

Group B - CARER PEER WORK specialisation

Unit Code

Unit Title


Work effectively in carer mental health peer work


Other electives

Unit Code

Unit Title


Facilitate the interests and rights of clients


Provide advocacy and representation services


Provide systems advocacy services


Facilitate the empowerment of older people


Provide support to people living with dementia


Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


Address the needs of people with chronic disease


Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide


Provide loss and grief support


Recognise and respond to crisis situations


Support independence and wellbeing


Support relationships with carers and families


Visit client residence


Support community participation in planning processes


Develop and implement community programs


Implement participation and engagement strategies


Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities


Develop and provide community projects


Support community action


Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


Facilitate community participation and social inclusion


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Identify and use strengths-based practice


Work with parents of very young children


Respond to and contain critical incidents


Support group activities


Plan and conduct group activities


Deliver a structured program 


Work legally and ethically


Establish self-directed recovery relationships


Provide recovery oriented mental health services


Work collaboratively with the care network and other services


Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues


Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers


Contribute to the review and development of policies


Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships


Work with forced migrants


Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia


Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness


Manage and maintain tenancy agreements and services


Support young people to create opportunities in their lives


Work effectively with young people and their families


Manage personal stressors in the work environment


Make a presentation


Process and maintain workplace information


Analyse and present research information


Use business technology


Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


Design and develop learning programs

Qualification Mapping Information

No equivalent qualification.

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