Certificate IV in Mental Health (Traineeship)

Free TAFE
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Course Code CHC43315
Locations Warrnambool

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Study Mode Full-time, Traineeship
Length Two years
Commencement Start any time
Timetable On-the-job training and workplace visits by the trainer four times per year. Plus 10 monthly three-hour workshops per year over two years at the Warrnambool campus or via virtual classroom (no workshops in December and January).
Course Overview
Introduction

The traineeship in Certificate IV in Mental Health aims to give you the skills and knowledge required to work as a professional in community mental health.

It’s suitable for students wishing to gain entry-level positions or those looking to supplement their existing qualifications and build the skills and knowledge to support their existing roles. It is ideal for workers who provide self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. This course can also lead to peer support roles where you would need to have a lived experience of mental issues either personally or through a family member. Successful completion of this course can lead you into a variety of community service roles or higher mental health qualifications.

What will I Learn?

During this course, you will gain skills and knowledge in working in mental health including:

  • using communication to build relationships
  • promoting and facilitating self-advocacy
  • working effectively in trauma-informed care
  • recognising and responding to crisis situations
  • establishing self-directed recovery relationships
  • providing recovery-oriented mental health services
  • working collaboratively with the care network and other services

Course Outcomes and Career Opportunities

  • Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker
  • Family support worker
  • Case worker
  • Mental health coordinator

Pathways

Upon completion of this course, you may continue to study in this field in the Diploma of Community Services.

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

  • Employed as a trainee with a suitable employer. If need assistance finding a traineeship position or a trainee in your workplace, contact the Skills and Jobs Centre.
  • Minimum age specification of 18 years for entry into course 
  • Students with mental health issues are advised to be at least 12 months into recovery before undertaking this course. 
  • You will also need to provide a police check and a working with children check.

Apprenticeship/Traineeship Entry Requirements

You need to be employed in this field as an apprentice or trainee before commencing this course.

If you are currently not employed in this field please contact the Skills and Jobs Centre for further advice. 

Course requirements

To be eligible for this qualification, you must successfully complete 15 units: 11 core and 4 elective.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40 $0.00
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25 $0.00
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55 $0.00
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships 60 $0.00
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services 60 $0.00
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 75 $0.00
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90 $0.00
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care 40 $0.00
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy 50 $0.00
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 80 $0.00
HLTWHS001 Participate in Workplace Health and Safety 20 $0.00

Elective Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80 $0.00
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions 75 $0.00
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45 $0.00
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55 $0.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Fees
Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. Free TAFE - Students who are eligible for Victorian government-subsidised training will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
    Find out more about Free TAFE

  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $7,440.00
Concession rate $1,490.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $12,760.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $0.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship

There are five simple steps to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship with us.

  1. Find a job - find a job as an apprentice or trainee through an Apprenticeship Centre or Group Training Company.
  2. Register - register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) and nominate SWTAFE as your training provider (your employer will usually do this for you).
  3. Complete a pre-training review - SWTAFE staff will contact you to organise your Pre-Training Review once your ASSN contract registration is complete.
  4. Enrol - complete the enrolment form provided to you and provide your identification.
  5. Sign - once you’ve completed your enrolment form and verified your identification you will receive your student declaration form to review and sign. You can sign this digitally via your smartphone, computer or tablet.

If need any assistance with applying, contact our Customer Service team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

Careers and Course Advice

Not sure which course is right for you? South West TAFE will help you find your way.

Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

Student Support

As a SWTAFE student, you can access a variety of support services that will enhance your study experience and help you complete your studies successfully. For more information about any of these services, visit our student page.