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Certificate IV in Mental Health


An entry-level qualification to help implement community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. The Institute’s Certificate IV of Mental Health qualification provides you with skills and knowledge to work as part of a broader support team.

You will be able to work in community based non-government organisations; home based outreach; centre-based programs; respite care; residential services, rehabilitation programs; clinical settings; or supporting people in employment, under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals. You are also eligible to upgrade to AIPC’s Diploma of Mental Health, automatically receiving 9 units of credit.


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Icon-Course-Delivery Course Delivery

Online, Full-Time, Part-Time, Self-paced

Icon-Duration Duration

18 months (full time)

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15 Units

You are able to gain entry to the Certificate IV in Mental Health if you are over 18 years of age and have:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed Year 12, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed a Certificate III qualification, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Have at least 2 years of sufficient life experience (work or study) (If over 21 years of age)

The Certificate IV in Mental Health is a nationally recognised training program in Australia, so you can be assured of its quality, status and integrity.
  • Icon-Small-Tick Reduced Upfront (and enjoy a substantial discount).
  • Icon-Small-Tick Fortnightly Payment Plan (take advantage of our fortnightly payment plans)
  • Icon-Small-Tick Pay via Credit Card or Direct Debit

Our Student Support Centres are located in:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Brisbane
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sunshine Coast
  • Icon-Small-Tick Gold Coast & Northern Rivers
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sydney
  • Icon-Small-Tick Melbourne
  • Icon-Small-Tick Adelaide
  • Icon-Small-Tick Perth

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Why study our Certificate IV in Mental Health

Our Certificate IV in Mental Health is an ideal entry-level qualification to set you up for a rewarding career helping others.

0 Career ready

When you graduate you will be extremely well prepared to pursue a career in the mental health sector. You’ll enjoy our strong industry reputation and linkage.

1 Extremely applicable

Our program is extremely suitable for people from all sorts of backgrounds. It’s the ideal path, whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire specialised mental health skills as an adjunct or extension to your core profession.

2 Counselling education specialists

We believe you're better off learning from a specialist than a generalist. Many training providers deliver courses across a variety of industries. At AIPC, we prefer to concentrate on counselling and community services education.

3 Flexible learning

With so many demands on our time it can be difficult to fit study in around other commitments, that's why our Certificate IV of Mental Health has been designed to maximise your learning from home where you can progress through your studies at your own pace.

Course Outline


[HLTWHS001] Participate in workplace health and safety

Students will learn how to identify and participate in safe work practices both for self and others, within the work environment.

[CHCCCS014] Provide brief interventions

In this unit, you will learn about the key theoretical underpinnings of brief interventions and how to implement this to facilitate client changes. Specifically, you will learn to provide appropriate support to clients at different stages of change.

[CHCCCS017] Provide loss and grief support #

This unit specifically explores the issues of grief and loss and how counsellors can support clients through this process. You will learn some key theories and skills that will help you to understand and respond appropriately to clients experiencing grief and loss.

[CHCDIV001] Work with diverse people
[CHCDIV002] Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

In this unit, you will be guided to reflect upon gender, culture, ethnicity, subcultures, sexuality and ability, and how they are each to be valued and respected within our community and a counselling context. You will also learn to communicate effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and situations, including people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. This unit also explores the concept of cultural safety from the perspective of counselling service provision and development of community services programs.

[CHCLEG001] Work legally and ethically

This unit explores the legal and ethical frameworks in which you are required to work within. You will learn how to fulfil specific legal and ethical responsibilities as well as how to address common legal and ethical issues within your practice.

[CHCMHS007] Work effectively in trauma informed care

This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.

[CHCMHS002] Establish self-directed recovery relationships *

In this unit, you will learn the required skills and knowledge to promote self-directed recovery relationships with people with mental illness, as well as the principles of recovery-oriented practice.

[CHCMHS003] Provide recovery oriented mental health services *

This unit focusses on how to work collaboratively to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery-oriented service for people with mental illness.

[CHCMHS004] Work collaboratively with care network and other services *

In this unit you will learn how to work collaboratively with care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. Within a work context, this means working with a variety of health and community service professionals, in a recovery-oriented approach, to assist the person with mental health concerns.

[CHCAOD001] Work in an alcohol and other drugs context #

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and apply information relevant to working with a client in an alcohol and other drugs context.

[CHCMHS005] Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

This unit introduces you to the skills and knowledge to work together with clients with co-existing mental health and AOD issues, such as working collaboratively to develop and implement a plan of action to address their co-existing needs. You will also learn how to provide support and services to clients such that the risks they may experience are minimised and address their needs for further care, if required.

[CHCMHS011] Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing #

In this unit, you will learn how to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing.

[CHCCCS019] Recognise and respond to crisis situations #

This unit focuses on working effectively with clients at risk or in crisis. Particularly, you will learn how to identify, address and respond to various crisis situations, and facilitate referrals where appropriate. You will also learn about the importance of self-care and supervision in crisis support work.

[CHCMHS008] Promote and facilitate self-advocacy

Students will learn skills on how to encourage, support and promote self-advocacy in their clients.

[CHCPRP003] Reflect on and improve own professional practice

Students will learn how to evaluate their own professional development through evaluation and reflection practices.

# These units require the practical demonstration of skills in a real or simulated work environment.
* This course also requires completion of a work placement of a minimum of 80 hours.

At AIPC we have a payment method to suit every student. If you decide to pay for your course upfront you will enjoy a substantial discount, and you can concentrate on your studies without thinking about further payments. If you would prefer to spread your payments, you can take advantage of our fortnightly payment plans over 26 fortnights.

To further assist make training as accessible as possible, we separate payment for tuition (theory elements) from that of the practical course elements. Payment for the practical elements is done as they are undertaken. See full details below.

We always strive to keep tuition as affordable as possible, opening up quality education for everyone.

Reduced Upfront Payment
Fortnightly Payment**

Certificate IV in Mental Health

x 26 fortnights

*Total upfront course cost is $3,550, which includes tuition of $2,990, plus 4 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid as they are undertaken. They can be completed either on-campus (via eight 1-day workshops), online (via Zoom/Skype), by uploading a video demonstration, or by having a private assessor assess your skills.

**Fortnightly payments can be made by Credit Card or Direct Debit.

For over 30-years AIPC has set the benchmark for service and support in external studies. We provide a complete external study support system that has been developed and refined over decades of research and continual student feedback.

Unlimited access to the Institutes Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line, 9am to 5pm EST Monday to Friday.

The structure of the Certificate IV in Mental Health ensures you graduate with sufficient practical skill so you can apply your knowledge with confidence.

Regular seminars give you the opportunity to apply the theory you have learned in contemporary scenarios. They are also a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of a qualified Lecturer. Seminars are held regularly in most capital cities throughout Australia.

Students who may not be able to attend seminars for whatever reason, can elect to complete the practical components through alternate means, such as a one-on-one or small group session with a private assessor. We have private assessors in numerous regional areas across Australia.

Students can also complete their practical components by video recording a demonstration of their skills. We have guidelines available to assist students compile their recordings and develop effective role plays to demonstrate their skills.

Optional tutorials are available at most Student Support Centres. Tutorials provide you with support on each written subject.

  • Will assist you in understanding theory,
  • Provide you with tips on how to structure your study timetable,
  • Help you successfully compile your assignments, and
  • Give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The Institute website is an extremely helpful study resource. Via the website you can access My.AIPC which is your link to numerous study support and e-learning functions. You can:

  • Download electronic versions of your workbooks,
  • Complete your activities and upload for marking,
  • Contact an Online Education Adviser for study assistance,
  • Access the Knowledge Base, a massive database of the most commonly asked academic questions, categorised for particular subjects, activities and concepts,
  • See when seminars are available in your area,
  • Plus much more.

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