Certificate IV in Mental Health

Government Subsidised Training



Smart and Skilled offers government-subsidised Vocational Education and Training (VET) to people who meet certain criteria. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

For more information about Smart and Skilled, visit the NSW Government website.


This qualification reflects the role of workers who provide self-directed recovery oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work involves implementing community based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment. Work is carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.


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


No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Units of Study

15 units must be completed to attain this qualification, consisting of 11 compulsory units and 4 elective units. (Please note that elective units are selected by Set2Learn based on industry consultation)

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


  • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations

  • CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern

  • CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour

  • HLTAID011 Provide first aid

Am I Eligible for smart and skilled?

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government under the Smart and Skilled program. To be eligible for this training you need to:

  • Live or work in NSW or
  • Be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander who does not live or work in NSW but lives in specific defined interstate NSW border areas.
  • Be aged 15 years or older
  • Have left school
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent Australian resident, New Zealand citizen or a humanitarian visa holder or a partner visa whose sponsor is a humanitarian visa holder.


From 2015, all students undertaking Vocational Eduacation and Training (VET) in Australia need a USI number.

SET2LEARN will not be able to issue any national recognised qualification or statement of attainment if this is not provided.

To apply for a USI number or to find your existing number, please go to


This course will be run over 45 weeks with a blend of face-face, work based training and assessment, and self-paced activities. This course will be run as follows:

  • Face-to-Face Classes

  • Webinar Online Classes

  • Work Based Learning

  • Self-directed Learning

  • On-the-job Learning

  • Individualised Learning Support (flexible)

  • Practical Skills Training


Assessment that you will undertake to complete your course may include:

  1. Online Quizzes

  2. Work Based Observations

  3. Practical Skills Assessments

  4. Role Plays and Reflections

  5. Written Work/Short Answer Questions

  6. Work Based Portfolio

  7. Research Activities

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) / Credit Transfer

You can apply for recognition of prior learning for any learning gained through previous employment or study. You may also apply for any credit transfer on units already completed. Please discuss this further by contacting us on 1300 404 514.


  1. Read the information above carefully to assess your eligibility for this course and download the SET2LEARN Student Handbook. Feel free to contact us on 1300 404 514 with any enquiries you may have.
  2. Locate or set up your Unique Student Identifier at
  3. Complete your online enrolment below. 
  4. All learners will be asked to participate in a Pre-Training Review and complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Review. This is to ensure we meet your needs as a learner and you are suitable for the course.

  5. Receive notification of the outcome and confirmation of enrolment if you are accepted.

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Upcoming Accredited Courses

Name Course Start Date Course End Date Cost
CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health PM Online Group (1 day/week, 5:30-9:30pm) 03/07/2024 09/07/2025 $0.00