Fully online course
Course Dates
Online | Quarterly Enrolments | Supported self-paced
Current Intake:
1st April 2024 (Enrolments accepted until 22nd April 2024)
Next Intake:
1st July 2024 (Enrolments accepted until 22nd July 2024)
CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

Do you have lived experience in mental illness and want to use that experience to make a difference in other people's lives?

This qualification is for existing workers in the community services and health industry who have lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer, and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers.

Career opportunities include:
Peer mentor
Advocacy Worker
Education Officer
Youth peer worker
Consumer consultant
Aboriginal peer worker

This course is a Nationally Accredited course and is considered an approved course for Centrelink student payment purposes. You may be eligible to receive student payments, for more information see https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/education and contact Services Australia directly.

Course Calendar 2024:


12 Months (Full Time)
18 Months (Part Time)


Online (Supported self-paced)
Weekly Masterclasses & Lectures

Course Frequency

Quarterly Intakes.
See above training calendar for dates.

Course Fees

Subsidised - $600 (Qld only)
Subsidised Concession - $400 (Qld only)
Full Fee - $4,500 

Work Placement

80 hours

Course Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Complete the pre-entry Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) indicator assessment.
  • Students working with children and adults with a disability (in a funded program) must have a Blue Card and Yellow Card Exemption.
  • Students must produce a current National Police Check with ‘discloseable’ outcomes presented to selectability Training, prior to placement. Students may apply for a Blue and Yellow Card Exemption at the time of enrolment.

Training commitments

Course duration: 12 months (full time), 18 months (part time). 

Placement: 80 hours of work placement required

Delivery mode: Online, supported self-paced

Access to learning

selectability Training provides all learning resources via its modern and easy-to-use Learning Management System. 

To complete this course, we suggest that each potential student has basic computer skills such as sending an email, using a printer and scanner, using Microsoft Office programs, and internet skills to undertake online research.

Online study requirements

In order to successfully complete a self-paced course it is recommended you have access to the following:

  • Stable internet connection with a minimum download speed of 3mbps. 
  • An email account – can be created through Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail,
  • Microsoft Office (2010 version or later) – must include Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Current version of a web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox,
  • Latest version of Adobe Reader,
  • Desktop computer, laptop or tablet.
  • Printer and scanner (optional)

Subsidies & payment options

Queensland Government subsidy

You will no longer be eligible for a government subsidised training place under the Higher Level Skills program once you complete one certificate IV level or higher qualification.

Higher Level Skills Funding

The Higher Level Skills program aims to assist eligible students to gain the qualifications they need to obtain secure employment, advance their career or transition to university studying priority industries. Employers in priority industries may also be able to use this program to up skill their workforce to address workforce skills gaps.

Eligible students may be able to access government assistance to complete a Certificate IV or above in an identified high-priority study area. 

For this course the subsidy could bring your cost of study down from $4,500 to $600 or $400 (concession). 

Higher Level Skills Funding eligibility requirements

  • must be a Queensland resident;
  • aged 15 years or over who is no longer at school (with the exception of VET in Schools students) and is an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian permanent resident (including humanitarian entrants), or a temporary resident with the necessary visa and work permits on the pathway to permanent residency;
  • must not have a certificate IV or higher-level qualification, not including qualifications completed at school and foundations skills training.

Ask your accountant whether you are eligible to claim your education expenses as a tax deduction.


How and when fees are charged

Subsidised training

The student co-contribution fee is charged upfront prior to enrolment, or by agreement we can offer a payment plan whereby you pay over 4 equal payments. The co-contribution fee is divided by the number of units in the chosen course. Example:

15 units x $40.00 = $600 (the co-contribution fee)

All units in a course or program are commenced at the 'Start of Study' which is the commencement of the course. 

Fee for service training

Fee for Service is applicable to students who aren't funded by the Queensland Government, and the full cost of the course is payable by the student. Students can pay for 2 units upfront, and then pay per unit as they progress.

The maximum amount we can charge prior to the Start of Study is $1,500. The full details and fees and charges for the service are provided on the Student Handbook, located in the Policies and Procedures section of our website.

Payment Plan

We can offer a payment plan depending on your funding circumstances.

Talk to our friendly team to select the right payment plan for your situation.

Contact us

Upfront payment

Prior to the commencement of your course you may pay your fees as an upfront payment via EFT Transfer.

The maximum amount we can charge prior to the Start of Study is $1,500. 

Career Pathways

Graduate job opportunities

Completing a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work can not only allow you to achieve greater daily success in your job, but also to enhance your career progression opportunities. Roles include:

  • Peer mentor
  • Advocacy Worker
  • Peer Education Officer
  • Carer
  • Youth peer worker
  • Consumer consultant
  • Carer consultant
  • Aboriginal peer worker
  • Mental Health Peer Worker
  • Family advocate
  • Consumer representative 

Units of Competency


CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care

CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self advocacy

CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector

CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services

CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work

HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety


CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships

CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services

CHCCCS019 Recognize and respond to crisis situations