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Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

National ID: CHC43515 | State ID: AWL6


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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.

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.


Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Participate in Workplace Health and safety    
Work with Diverse people    
Apply lived experience in mental health peer work    
Apply peer practices in mental health sector    
Contribute to the continual practice of mental health services    
Promote and facilitate self-advocacy    
Work effectively in trauma informed care    
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing  

Elective Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Manage personal stressors in the work environment     
Work legally and ethically    
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and AOD issues    
Provide loss and grief support    
Plan and conduct group activities    
Provide first aid    
Respond to crisis situations    
Delivery mode information


Workplace training offers a flexible, self-paced study program which combines workplace recognition of prior learning and individualised 'gap" training to attain your qualification.

Workplace training means every time you go to work you are learning and demonstrating competence whilst working towards your qualification. The flexibility of workplace 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. Workplace training 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

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Job opportunities

  • Peer Worker | Peer Support Worker | 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

For information about jobs and pathways, please see


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Course Overview


One year (2 semesters) full time.

WhenWas available Semester 1, 2018
Fees and charges

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Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.




Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Apply lived experience in mental health peer workCHCPWK003AVB41
Apply peer work practices in the mental health sectorCHCPWK001AVB43
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeingCHCMHS011AVB59
Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services for consumers and carersCHCPWK002AVB42
Participate in workplace health and safetyHLTWHS001WG738
Promote and facilitate self advocacyCHCMHS008AVB62
Work effectively in trauma informed careCHCMHS007AVB63
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09


Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Manage personal stressors in the work environmentHLTWHS006AUZ56
Provide loss and grief supportCHCCCS017AVC60
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCMHS005AVB65
Recognise and respond to crisis situationsCHCCCS019AVC58
Use communication to build relationshipsCHCCOM002AVC31
Work in an alcohol and other drugs contextCHCAOD001AVC85
Work legally and ethicallyCHCLEG001AVB82
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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Available Semester 1
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