Cert IV in Mental Health


This nationally recognised qualification is suitable for Mental Health Support/ Outreach Workers, Disability and Community carers, in a residential and community setting.
The training focuses on providing students with a comprehensive understanding of mental health, psychiatric disability and recovery.
Work may be undertaken in a range of community settings including accommodation services, day programs, in-home community care, respite care and rehabilitation.
On completion of the course students will have gained skills and knowledge to provision emotional, psychological, well-being and social support.

Employment Opportunities and Job Roles with this qualification include:

  • Mental Health Support
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Disability Support Worker
  • Assistant in Nursing
  • Respite Care Worker
  • Lifestyle Officer
  • Team Leader

Why Wentworth College:

Social learning:

  • Social learning represents an excellent opportunity to network, share knowledge and experience
  • Train and learn with classmates who are working in the same or similar job role

Flexible Course Delivery: (see more below)

  • Our mixed mode training and assessment, gives students flexibility to balance studies, work routine and home life
  • Part time format, convenient scheduling minimises impact on work rosters and travel time
  • Training and assessment includes timetabled class attendance, self-directed learning, workplace hours and completion of assessment tasks
  • Students may use work hours as an alternative to undertaking a 120 hour work placement (suitability conditions apply)

Key Information:

  • This course is designed for students who are also working and require flexibility
  • Class attendance and participation is mandatory and all training requirements must be complete prior to commencing assessment tasks
  • Our assessment tools are developed in-house, easy to follow and contextualised to the Disability Support job role
  • Credit transfer from Certificate III in Individual Support and any other relevant qualification reduce attendance requirements, study load and the enrolment fee
  • Max duration 18 months

For Students:

  • Our students are: typically working in Disability Support Services and Community Care;
  • Employed in day rehab programs, home based outreach, accommodation and respite services;
  • AINs and Disability Support Workers wanting to complement their skill set
  • People aspiring to start a new career in Mental Health Support Services
  • People with lived mental health experiences who are ready to help others

Student Support:

  • One on one support available where required
  • Our Trainers are industry professionals with extensive teaching experience
  • Support staff are readily available to respond to your queries
  • Catch up classes may be offered in the unlikely event that a class is missed

Training and Assessment:


  • Interactive and high engagement live Zoom classes
  • Face to Face sessions at your workplace or in a fully equipped simulated training environment
  • Self-directed learning (at home)
  • Workplace training hours/ Work Placement
  • Written Assessment Tasks – Question and Answer and Small Projects
  • Practical/Simulated Assessment Tasks
  • Workplace visits, to conduct assessments, observations and provide face to face support (one on one or small groups)

About Work Placement:

  • A minimum of 80 hours to fulfil the requirements of the qualification
  • Students may utilise work hours as an alternative to undertaking an 80 hour work placement (suitability conditions apply)
  • We can assist students to find a host for placement if required via our network of Mental Health Support service providers and Community Care industry partners
  • We visit you at work, to conduct assessments and workplace observations, to finalise workplace evidence requirements

Core Units (11):


Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety


Establish self-directed recovery relationships


Provide recovery oriented mental health services


Work collaboratively with the care network and other services


Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues


Work effectively in trauma informed care


Promote and facilitate self-advocacy


Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Work with diverse people


Participate in workplace health and safety


Work legally and ethically

Elective Units (4):


Comply with infection prevention and control policies and procedures


Recognise and respond to crisis situations – compulsory elective


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Assess the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues

For further information about this qualification, click here.

Course Entry Requirements:

Prior to the commencement of training a Pre-Training Review will be conducted

This starts with a telephone or personal meeting with our Training Manager who will provide comprehensive course information and answer your questions to ensure this is the right course for you before you enrol

Learners must be assessed as meeting the following criteria:

LLN Robot levels – entry at ACSF Level 3 (core skills, reading, writing, listening, speaking, numeracy, digital literacy)
Be of at least 18 years of age
Have completed Year 12 or equivalent
Highly desirable to be an existing worker in Mental Health Support Services, Community Care, Disability, Health and other care services OR
Be available to commence Work Placement early into the course
Must not have a criminal conviction that will appear on the National Police Check
An Immunisation certificate or Vaccination card may be requested
Must have basic computing skills and access to a standard computer or laptop
Driver Licence or Photo ID
Green Medicare card or evidence of residency
Unique Student Identifier

Course Fees:

Course Fees:

Wentworth College is an approved Training Provider for NSW Smart and Skilled funding, this training is subsidised by the NSW Government

The NSW Department of Education and Communities sets out Enrolment fees for Smart and Skilled funded training

The fee/ student contribution is calculated based on your individual circumstances and ranges from $0 – $2,320.00

For example if you are in recipient of an eligible Commonwealth benefit or allowance, the fee is waived or the concession rate may be applicable

For more information about your eligibility for funding and the enrolment fee please contact us on 1300 138 792 or email info@wentworth-college.com

Alternately please express your interest by completing an online Candidate Eligibility Form, below

Eligibility Questionnaire

Study at Wentworth College

For a positive learning experience with like-minded students Enrol at Wentworth College. Call 1300 138 792