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Full course  $3,500

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Higher Level Skills Funding +

Student contribution $15.00


6 months – 2 years

Delivery location

Lawnton / online / workplace


Full time / part time

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Internal / online / workplace / RPL / combination

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Certificate IV in Mental Health


The Certificate IV in Mental Health introduces and frames many of its competencies against a recovery orientation. Recovery and recovery-oriented practice have infiltrated many parts of the mental health sector’s service framework in recent years as central and guiding philosophies. Therefore, it is important that educational and training programs for the sector’s workforce embrace these concepts within their curriculums.

This is a participatory learning course that incorporates the concepts, principles and philosophical framework of recovery-oriented community mental health practice. While the course qualification is about supporting people with their mental health and wellbeing, the concept of recovery-oriented practice fits into a broader human services approach.

Recovery-oriented practice refers to a framework that:

  • is person-centred
  • acknowledges and supports people’s rights
  • supports people’s ability to direct and manage their own progress
  • supports people towards a return to mental health wellbeing.

Other qualities enshrined in the resources and subsequent delivery of skilling include:

  • an integrated recovery approach across all units of competency in the Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • embedding of theoretical, philosophical and practice components
  • an understanding of the need for a strengthening of the inter-disciplinary approach to support mental health well being, including mental health education and promotion and ongoing evaluation.

Achievement of this qualification provides a solid philosophical platform which embraces the principles of recovery oriented practices and which is applicable for all areas of human services work, offered by standard community services and/or tailored services from both the government and non-government sectors.

Key features
  • Learn from our sector leading trainers
  • Recognition of experience and prior learning of existing workers’ experience
  • Recognition of learning of people with a lived experience of mental illness
  • Study in a flexible manner that suits you
  • Access a range of assessment methods designed to suit your background and study goals


The Certificate IV in Mental Health is made up of fifteen units of competency. Ten of these units are core units and five are elective units.

The following cluster of five core units are delivered through face-to-face workshops, utilizing educational resources developed by the sector to authentically address issues of individual and community mental health from an integrated recovery focus. The resources seek to enhance the training of new and existing workers who want to support others from a recovery framework.

  • CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings
  • CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes
  • CHCMH403A Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery process
  • CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process
  • CHCMH405A Work collaboratively to support recovery process

The remaining ten units may be completed through a combination of face-to-face workshops, online, and recognition of prior learning, dependent upon your individual background and learning needs.

View the packaging rules for the Certificate IV in Mental Health and see what core and elective units you can complete.


There are no prerequisites for Spectrum Training’s Certificate IV in Mental Health.

How to enrol

Individual students can enrol by filling out the form below.

If you represent a group of students or would like a tailored program for your workplace then please contact us directly to see how we can help you reach your learning and development goals.

View this qualification on the Australian Government’s training.gov.au website.