CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health

VU course code: CHC43315 | Level of study: TAFE
1 year full time or longer for part time
Face to Face with eLearning|Online


No tuition fees for eligible students

City Campus, Footscray Nicholson, Online, Werribee
15 July 2024
08 July 2024


Begin a rewarding career supporting people experiencing mental health issues with a Certificate IV in Mental Health CHC43315 at Victoria University (VU). 

Australia’s need for welfare support workers is booming. With this mental health course, you’ll have the foundational knowledge, skills and confidence to get started in work that improves outcomes for people in need.

Get job-ready for the rewarding work of building trusting relationships with clients and helping them overcome obstacles to achieve their goals through self-directed and group-supported recovery. You’ll learn about:

  • dual diagnosis and co-existing needs
  • providing mental health services
  • mental health recovery approaches
  • networking and working collaboratively
  • understanding and working with diversity
  • legal and ethical issues.
NRT logoThis course is nationally recognised training.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’, which lets you finish your course more quickly when you have gained some of the skills required from past study or work experience.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To be awarded the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health, a student must successfully complete a total of fifteen (15) units of competency, comprising of:

  • eleven (11) core units, and;

  • four (4) elective units, of which:

  • at least two (2) units must be selected from the electives listed in the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health qualification, including at least one (1) unit from the At Risk group, and;
  • up to two (2) units may be selected from any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

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

as well as be approved by Victoria University Polytechnic.

Fees & Scholarships

TAFE fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer.


Eligible students won’t be required to pay tuition fees for this course.

Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand in from Victorian employers.




As a qualified social worker eligible for accreditation by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), you’ll be ready for a variety of roles within not-for-profit and charitable organisations, as well as the community and government sectors. Your job title could be:

  • social worker
  • community health centre counsellor
  • youth worker
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • homelessness policy officer.

Take advantage of the strong future growth expected in social work. Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website to see the employment growth and average earnings for social workers.


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Keshan Singh
Making a difference in youth mental health
Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies
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