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CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Please note that this program has already commenced. If you wish to learn more about the qualification or to find out other start dates, please contact the Mental Health Coordinating Council on 9555 8388 to discuss your learning options.

Are you currently or looking to become a consumer or carer peer worker and would like to gain a nationally recognised qualification in Mental Health Peer Work?  Western Sydney Recovery College and MHCC (RTO No. 91296) are offering the CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work commencing in October 2017.

This certificate is fully subsidised for eligible students.



Please note the standard Western Sydney Recovery College form is NOT required for this course. You will be asked to complete a formal enrolment form for MHCC when you sign up for this course. Please enrol for the Get Qualified workshop (see Course pre-requisite below) and you will receive a formal enrolment form.

Please note enrolments for this intake will close on 3 November 2017.


Course pre-requisite

Please note it is a pre-requisite to attend a Get Qualified workshop prior to attending the Certificate IV. This session will provide essential information about the eligibility requirements for the course. Read more and register here.

More detailed information about the Certificate IV content and requirements can be found on the MHCC website here.


Who is this training for?

The Certificate has been created to build upon the skills and knowledge of the emerging Peer Workforce in Australia including:

  • Consumer consultants
  • Consumer representatives
  • Peer support workers
  • Peer mentors
  • Youth peer workers
  • Carer consultants
  • Carer representatives
  • Aboriginal peer workers
  • Consumer & Carers not currently in a Peer Worker role


Entry Requirements

To be eligible to study the Certificate in Mental Health Peer Work with MHCC a participant must be a:

  • Consumer Peer Worker currently working (paid or unpaid) in an identified peer role providing direct ongoing support to other consumers as part of their day to day work
  • Carer Peer Worker currently working (paid or unpaid) in an peer identified role providing direct ongoing support to other carers as part of their day to day work
  • A consumer or carer who would like to gain a qualification to develop their skills and pursue a career as a peer worker

AND have basic numeracy and literacy skills including reading, understanding and following WHS and other work related instructions, recording information and perform basic calculations such as additions and subtraction.


Course Content and Dates

This program will involve completing nine areas of course work, completing assessment requirements to meet accreditation and completing practical placement hours.

Length 9:30am-5pm
Foundations of Peer Work  (Days 1 & 2) 9 & 10 November 2017
Foundations of Peer Work  (Days 3 & 4) 11 & 12 December 2017
Foundations of Peer Work  (Days 5 & 6) 18 & 19 January 2017
Foundations of Peer Work  (Days 7 & 8) 20 & 21 February 2018
Reflect on Practice/Managing Stress (Day 9) 26 March 2018
Cultural Diversity  (Day 10) 27 March 2018
Trauma Informed Work  (Days 11 & 12) 1 & 2 May 2018
Health & Wellbeing  (Day 13) 30 May 2018
Advocacy  (Day 14) 31 May 2108



This course will be held at the following venue:

NSW Institute of Psychiatry
Cumberland Hospital Campus
5 Fleet Street
North Parramatta NSW 2151



Participants are assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class activities, written work and work placement.

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





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