The Certificate IV in Mental Health has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to help people with mental health issues and make a real difference.
In this immersive certificate, you will gain the skills required by industry, offering self-directed recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.
Through your study, you will learn to implement community-based programs and activities focusing on mental health, mental illness and psychiatric disability. Study and practical work is undertaken in a range of community contexts such as:
You will also complete 80 hours of work placement activities, ensuring you are prepared for practical work in industry as soon as you complete your studies. As a graduate of this certificate, you work will be carried out autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals.
This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
Please note: this certificate is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa. If you are holding a temporary visa (other than a student visa) and your visa has a full study entitlement, you may be eligible to apply. For more information, see the international students with other temporary (non-student) visas.
The majority of your learning in this certificate will take place in the classroom, in addition to some supervised self-directed learning. Your classes will ensure that your learning is contextualised to industry applications wherever possible, and that demonstrations and practical sessions will be incorporated wherever possible.
Your classes will be interactive and will give you ample opportunity to discuss ideas or put your learning into practice. In addition to this, you'll also have access to online resources and support, hear from guest speakers for insight into current industry practices, join your peers and develop your network through online learning.
You will also complete 80 hours of industry placement activities, allowing you to practice what you've studied in a real-world context.
Assessment in this certificate has been designed to simulate industry practice, and requires you to demonstrate the practical application of the skills learned through your study. Assessment types may vary according to the subject, and will generally include research projects, presentations and observations, practical demonstrations, case studies, and written reflections.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
As part of your studies, you will undertake 80 hours of industry placement over the course of the year, complementing what you are learning in class.
You will have the opportunity to complete placements through a variety of community mental health services.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with hands-on vocational practice.
We work closely with our industry partners to ensure this certificate is aligned with industry needs. This certificate maintains strong links with the community services sector through course design, development, delivery and assessment.
As a student in this certificate, you will undertake eleven core subjects and four electives.
These subjects have been designed to provide you with a strong theoretical knowledge and the practical confidence to work in the mental health sector.
Throughout your study, you will learn to recognise and respond to crisis situations, work in the best interests and rights of clients, how to work collaboratively with the care network. You will also learn to promote cultural safety, follow relevant laws and ethics, and facilitate self-advocacy, and much more.
As part of this certificate you will undertake 80 hours of work placement activities to equip you with the practical skills to work with diverse people, provide recovery-orientated mental health services, and assist people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.
Upon successful completion of this this certificate you will be qualified to work in the sector in a broad range of roles, including:
Victoria's Mental Health and Wellbeing Workforce Strategy 2021-2024 outlines the State government’s plan for the creation of 1,000 full-time positions across the mental health workforce. This is due to diagnosed mental health issues being on the rise in Australia, as such, there is a growing need for more mental health workers in the community services industry.
Job Outlook projects that work opportunities for welfare support workers are set to increase by 22.7% to 2024. According to PayScale, Community Mental Health Worker average salary in Australia is between $77,000 and $90,000 p.a.
You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
There are no minimum academic entry requirements. Applicants must be 18 years or above at the time of commencement.
You must submit a personal statement with your application outlining:
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
You will be required to hold a Victorian Working with Children Check valid for 5 years, prior to undertaking clinical components as part of this program.
Note: For clinical components undertaken interstate a valid Working With Children Check for that state is required.
You will be required to present evidence of a successful National police record check prior to undertaking the clinical components of this program (this is an annual requirement for the duration of your program). Checks are conducted via fit2work. An account with fit2work will be created using your name and your RMIT issued student email address once studies in the program have commenced. Further information will be provided once enrolment has been completed.
Applicants may be required to apply for, and receive an acceptable NDIS Worker Screening Check prior to undertaking professional placement with an NDIS provider as part of this program.
*All relevant screening and compliance check fees are the responsibility of the student.
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
You must meet the entry requirements to gain access to this course. Please contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.