Course Description:

The CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Cert IV MHPW) is a nationally recognised qualification for the consumer, carer or family member who has Lived Experience of managing Recovery from mental illness.  The course reflects the role of the mental health peer worker in providing support to people with mental illness or in the provision of carer supports for people with mental illness.  The course is designed for entry-level peer support workers in government, public, private or community managed services that would like to expand their career opportunities.  Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is available for eligible students and students may apply for credit transfer of eligible units.


CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work and an Awards Element Listing of completed modules.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Application of peer work practices in the mental health sector
  • Demonstrate and contribute to continuous improvement of mental health services
  • Apply knowledge and experience of Lived Experience in consumer mental health peer work or carer mental health peer work
  • Apply foundations of peer work to assess and reflect on workplace practices
  • Demonstrate working effectively in trauma informed care
  • Demonstrate supportive strategies to promote and facilitate self-advocacy


  • 125 hour work log recording work place experiences including a minimum of 80 hours supporting consumers and/or carers
  • Questions and answers
  • Scenarios and role plays
  • Review, reflection and recommendations of a workplace topic or activity
  • Research and written assignments
  • Reflections and/or discussions during residential workshops
  • Multiple choice, true/false quizzes
  • Presentations
  • Workplace documentation and stories of practice
  • Supervisor’s Workplace Report 

Duration:  12 months

Intakes:  CLOSED

Delivery Method: 

It is delivered over a 12-month period through a blend of online study; compulsory workshops at the CQU Bundaberg campus; and 125 hours of supervised work experience.  Students who successfully complete the required assessment will be awarded the CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work.

Relevant For:

People who have lived experience of mental health illness, as either a consumer or carer, and are either working as a peer worker or would like to in the future.

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