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CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

National ID: CHC43515 | State ID: AWL6

lfls-logo-100x40.png This qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees.

The peer workforce is the fastest growing workforce in mental health in Australia

Our Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work will enable you to draw on your lived experience to contribute to the wellbeing of others within the mental health system as a consumer or carer peer worker. Peer workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.

Choosing to study this course at North Metropolitan TAFE is your first step to becoming a self-directed, life-long learner and will assist you to develop a wide range of skills that will enable you to become a valuable Graduate.

You must apply to study through Consumers of Mental Health Western Australia, see the How to apply tab below for more information.

Gain these skills
  • Apply lived experience and peer practices to work in mental health sector
  • Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
  • Work with diverse people
  • Work legally and ethically
Is this course right for me?

This course requires you to explore and reflect on your own experiences of emotional distress and navigating mental health systems, either as a consumer or as a family member.

It is important to recognise the impact this may have on you, as the topics covered and class discussions can be emotionally demanding. It is integral for successful course completion, for your own wellbeing and for your future employment/or engagement as a peer worker, that you draw upon appropriate self care strategies, support networks and services whilst studying this course.

If you are unsure of your readiness to undertake the course, we strongly recommend contacting the course coordinator before enrolling.

Employer-based delivery mode information


Employer-based training offers a flexible, self-paced study program which combines workplace recognition of prior learning and individualised ‘gap’ training to attain your qualification.

This means every time you go to work you are learning and demonstrating competence whilst working towards your qualification. The flexibility of Employer-based training allows you to structure and perform learning and assessment in a way that fits into your professional and personal life.

Learning and assessment plans are created on an individual level in consultation with you and/or your employer. Assessment is conducted using numerous methods including practical demonstration and observation, question and answer interviews, written tasks, supervisor reports and workshops.

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form
Half price*


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees until December 2021 capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

Only course fees are half price. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course.

Entrance Requirements

Work placement

Important information

Job opportunities

Further study

How to apply


Entrance Requirements
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
C Grades in Year 11 WACE General English, and OLNA; or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 11 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate II or Certificate III
Work placement

In the second semester you will be required to undertake a work placement of 80 hours. Please note, you will need to be enrolled in the appropriate units to be offered a work placement - it is not a standard for all enrolments.

Important information

Classes are delivered between 9:00am and 3:30pm every Tuesday and Wednesday during term.

Job opportunities
  • Peer Mentor | Aboriginal Peer Worker | Youth Peer Worker | Mental Health Peer Worker
  • Peer Education Officer
  • Carer | Carer Consultant
  • Consumer Consultant | Consumer Representative 
  • Advocacy Worker
  • Family Advocate

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations. 



How to apply

You must apply to study through Consumers of Mental Health Western Australia (COMHWA).

The Mental Health Commission supports COMHWA by providing subsidies to assist with the financial cost of studying. COMHWA leads a screening process for each new cohort of learners on an annual basis, therefore this course is available only to those who apply to study via COMHWA’s recruitment process.

If you are an employer considering mental health peer workers or you currently have peer workers in your employment we can provide support in the form of a traineeship.

Please note however, that all course enquiries should be directed to Tracey Hennessy, Course Coordinator,, as potential students who are working in a peer work role could be eligible to join the course and/or apply for RPL.

If you would like information on the times for next recruitment round please contact COMHWA on 9258 8911.


lfls-logo-100x40.pngThis qualification is part of the Lower fees, local skills program where you'll pay only half of the standard course fees until 31 December 2021. The “annual fees cap” means that full-fee paying students will only pay a maximum of $1,200 (plus resource fee) and concession-fee paying students or those aged 15-24 years will only pay up to $400 (plus resource fee). Please see below an approximate estimate of what you will pay on enrolment.

Annual Full fee

Annual Concession fee

Tuition fee
Resource fee
Tuition fee
Resource fee
1200.00     400.00    
These fees are annual estimates only and are for students enrolling on a full-time basis.
- Fees might differ between courses delivered at different campuses due to the elective units included in the course study plan or adapting courses to meet local industry needs.
- Fees may also differ for each individual student depending on the units of study selected, prior qualifications and recognition of prior learning.
- Fees are payable at enrolment each semester for the units enrolled for that period. Some year-long courses might have a bigger fee load in the first semester. 
- Proof of concession must be presented to access concession rates if eligible.
- For secondary school aged persons (in 2020, students born on or after 1 July 2002 who are at least 15 years old) undertaking training that is not part of a VET Delivered to Secondary Schools program, the maximum course fee chargeable in 2020 is $420 plus the resource fees and discretionary fees. 
- Prices quoted include resource fees, but do not include material fees such as the cost of books, uniforms and students personal equipment.
- The course fee cap applicable to Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas only applies during the current calendar year, so fees might differ for students enrolling in semester 2.
- VET Student Loans Eligible Courses and Caps may be subject to changes implemented by the Australian Government 
- Concessions and Secondary School Age cap do not apply to commercial courses, or Foundation Programs (ESL, General Education, etc.)
- Course information and fees are subject to change without notice

Delivery location, important dates and study options

During your course of study, NMTAFE may use a variety of learning practices to ensure you get the best outcome for your learning journey.
This may include online learning, face-to-face classroom, laboratory/workshop delivery, work placement or a combination of these, depending on which is most appropriate.

This course is currently undergoing delivery planning and information will be available on our website shortly. Check back later, or use the course enquiry form below to have our Client Contact Centre contact you with further information about the next course start, delivery locations and study modes.

Course enquiry

Please note This form is only for course enquiries. If you would like to apply, please refer to the 'How to apply' tab above.

Page last updated November 17, 2020