This is the entry level qualification required for people to work in the mental health sector.

This qualification aims to assist workers to provide people affected by mental health illnesses a self-directed recovery and assist them to live a full life with acceptance and without stigma

Career Pathway
  • Coordinator – Mental Health (Carer Peer Work)
  • Coordinator – Mental Health (Consumer Peer Work)
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
Course Information
  • Theory and some assessments delivered online (requiring reasonable computer skills, internet access, email access and research skills
  • AIFL may offer this qualification in a blended learning mode in selected locations, depending on student numbers
  • Trainer and IT support is available throughout your period of enrolment
  • Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfers will be offered to all students, as part of the Pre- Training Review Process
  • Work Placement: 80 hours placement in a Mental Health setting is a requirement to complete your qualification. This placement may be offered at Health Services in Victoria (or with an alternative provider, depending on placement availability)
  • Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy, reading and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.
  • Please be aware work placement providers may require a current Police Check, Working with Children Check, First Aid and/or immunisation records. (Any cost associated with these documents are the students expense).
  • Students of all abilities are encouraged to apply at any time of the year
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Qualification Structure
Total number of units = 15 (approximately 905 hours of study) 11 core units & 4 elective units
Core Units
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships
CHCMSH003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with coexisting mental health & alcohol & other drug issues
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS011 Access and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
Elective Units

Choose one of the following streams –
Disability Stream
CHCDIS001 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

Alcohol and Other Drugs Stream
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide


The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment
Fees and Skills First Funding are current at time of issue and are subject to change
Fees and refunds will be inline with the AIFL Fees and Refunds Policy and Procedure
For concession details please contact the AIFL
* Concession (Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Card or Veteran’s Gold Card**
* Skills First funding only applies to students eligible for a government funded place
* Enrolment fees excludes GST

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