You will learn how to give self-directed recovery support to people who are affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability. Working in the mental health sector can be a fulfilling and rewarding profession, where no two days are the same. Draw upon your own life experience to holistically help others be the best they can be; and give them the tools they need to make progress in their lives.
The standard course is conducted over a 12 month period; within a self-paced online learning environment.
Upskilled will gather information about your previous experience and skills, weekly study commitment and online learning experience to provide you with an projected duration for your course based on your individual circumstance.
Upskilled uses MyUpskilled to manage the delivery and assessment of your course. This means you can learn at your own pace.
The participants for the CHC43315 - Certificate IV in Mental Health may be already working in a supporting or community role, or have a desire to assist in this field.
As a guide, entrants to this program may:
- have up to 1 year of experience with servicing the community
- hold a certificate II or III in a similar discipline
- complete an interview process with a designated Upskilled representative to ascertain suitability to the program and to review your current skills and experience, as this may allow you to move through the course more quickly
Participants who enter this course are from diverse backgrounds with a distinct interest and a willingness to support others in achieving positive personal outcomes through fulfilling helping capacity roles.
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 placement as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.
To ensure participants are able to seamlessly access our online learning platform and video content, they will require access to a modern computer with high-speed internet. Participants will also need to possess basic computing skills, and may be required to complete a Language Literacy and Numeracy skills assessment before enrolment can be confirmed.
Upskilled courses include specialised learning materials, and access to:
- Upskilled’s fully customised online learning platform, MyUpskilled
- Student Support services
- your trainer via the trainer/student messaging system
- video content access via:
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer
Work experience or formal qualifications you have may count towards your course. If you have previously undertaken study at a recognised institution or have some relevant work experience, you might gain credit towards specific units in a course; shortening the time you have to study. You can send your application for Credit Transfer or RPL
during the enrolment process.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Temporary suspension of Upskilled's 60-Day Work Placement Guarantee during COVID-19. For more information, please read our latest update.
This qualification requires a minimum of 80 hours to be completed in a suitable Counselling or Community Services Environment, supervised by qualified staff.
You will be required to complete and pay
an application for a Working with Children Check
prior to enrolment in this course.
Upskilled will secure your work placement, ensuring we can provide an environment in which you can be successful in the course. During your placement, an Upskilled workplace assessor will visit you to observe you performing some of your assessment tasks.
If a work placement visit cannot be organised
due to the unavailability of some or all parties a professional conversation between Upskilled's Trainer/Assessor, the student and Workplace Supervisor will take place for validation of the student’s practical skill ability. This will be recorded and where possible practical skills will be simulated or assessed by the Trainer/Assessor via video link.
More information can be found here.
Upskilled takes evidence gathered from a variety of sources to deem a student as competent. Assessment processes might include some or all of the following:
- Recognition of Prior Learning and/or credit transfer
- summative and formative assignments
- written reports and/or portfolio assessments
- scenarios and/or case studies
- written/oral questions
- regular training and assessment contact will be maintained by Upskilled in conjunction with the participant and their employer (where applicable). Critical dates during the program will be identified for participants to ensure compliance to assessment due dates, and attendance at monthly webinars as required.