Certificate IV
in Mental Health


Mental health is arguably one of the most critical and dynamic areas of public health across the world. It is an integral and essential component of health. The World Health Organisation states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

The Certificate IV in Mental Health equips graduates with the skills to work as part of a multi disciplinary team where the focus is to support their client’s holistic health and an overall state of well-being. With more than one in five people suffering a mental health illness at some point in their lives, well trained Mental Health professionals are essential for a healthy community.

Mental health students are trained across service delivery areas – including prevention, planning, delivery and treatment, recovery and evaluation. There is a strong emphasis on working with diverse cultures and communities, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Mental Health professionals are typically employed in a range of settings including schools, medical centres, outreach services. hospitals, shelters, community service providers, educational institutions, prisons and long term residential facilities.

Pathways into mental health as a career include vocational training qualifications. Students who complete this qualification can go on to complete the Diploma of Mental Health and Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management.

The Certificate IV in Mental Health offers graduates a variety of employment opportunities within the health, human and community services sectors. These may include Welfare Support Workers and Mental Health Outreach Support Workers, Community Engagement Workers and other Support Workers within the sector.

Direct entry into the Certificate IV is available to eligible applicants; or students might choose to study the Certificate III in Individual Support or the Certificate IV in Community Services before commencing this Certificate IV program.


EQUALS requires a minimum 80 hours of work placement, typically performed on a part-time basis during the program.


April, July & October Intakes 

Important: To be considered for an intake, completed applications should be received no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled course commencement date. Applications that are incomplete or incorrect may not be considered. Course offers for applications received by the due date are not guaranteed and intake capacity may vary. EQUALS reserves the right to accept or decline applications at its total discretion.


Entry to Certificate IV study at EQUALS requires:

Successful completion of Year 12 in an Australian secondary school system or its equivalent; or
Completion of a Certificate III or equivalent; or
Mature Age Entry

Applicants who have completed previous study in Community Services or Health areas will be well regarded.

Current and valid Department of Communities & Social Inclusion (DCSI) Screening Checks for working with Children, with Vulnerable People and in the Aged Care Sector, & Physical Fitness are required for this program.

If you do not hold a current DCSI check, you are required to apply through DCSI at the time of application for enrolment at EQUALS. A DCSI check must be acquired prior to industry placement. Visit ww.dcsi.sa.gov.au/services/screening for further information.

Please note that the outcome of your DCSI screening check may affect industry placement opportunities, and that this is at the discretion of placement host facilities.

Current First Aid certification may be a requirement for industry placement; this is at the discretion of the industry host.


Core Units

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • 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
  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety

Elective Units

  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCCDE004 Implement participation and engagement strategies
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): From $2200. Subsidised through WorkReady for eligible participants. 

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus or Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: CHC43315

  • RPL: Yes

  • VET Student Loans

  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current
  • Tuition Fee (AUD): $12,950

  • Amenities Fee (AUD): $295

  • Duration: Up to 52 weeks

  • Study Mode: On Campus or Blended Learning (combination) 

  • Qual Code: CHC43315

  • RPL: Yes

  • Resources Required: Yes

  • Qual Status: Current