Certificate IV Mental Health Peer Work

Do you have a lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and are living well and wish to use your experience to assist others towards recovery, building capacity and improving their access to service delivery?

This course will take you through a program based on person-centredness and the key principles of peer work which include respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful.

Session Information

Course Dates To express your interest in this course, please contact us.
Venue Level 8, 138 Queen Street, Campbelltown NSW
Cost $2500 – Interest free payments available

Competency Units



CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCMHS008 Promote and facilitate self-advocacy
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCPWK001 Apply peer work practices in the mental health sector
CHCPWK003 Apply lived experience in mental health peer work
CHCPWK002 Contribute to the continuous improvement of mental health services


CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCPWK005 Work effectively with carers as a mental health peer worker
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCGRP001 Support group activities
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCGRP001 Support group activities

Download the course flyer here.

Your facilitator is Adam Holstein.



Course runs for 12 months; Students need to attend all classroom sessions. MDS Training courses run only if there is sufficient demand. If you are interested in enrolling for an MDS Training course, please download and complete the enrolment form and email to For further information, please contact us.


Entry Requirements


Students need to be currently working in an environment related to this qualification. You will require access to workplace information. It is recommended that participants should have achieved Year 12 or equivalent level in English Language, Literacy and Numeracy skills.


Training/Career Pathways


Participants successfully completing this training may wish to apply for entry into the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services. The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work is recognised nationally by the mental health sector, and will enable employment within mental health services as a Peer Support Worker.


Study Workload


7 hours (inclusive of ½ lunch) per session and additional work to be completed in their own time of approximately 10-12 hours per scheduled unit/session.

Recognition of Prior Learning


Students may be able to demonstrate their competence in some units; as such recognition of prior learning is available. This is to acknowledge the skills and knowledge gained through previous training events along with life and work experience. There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, where required, a unit of competency will specify relevant licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements that impact on the unit.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)


All students studying a nationally recognised qualification must have a USI before enrolling. If you do not already have a USI, go to to create one.



All materials including study notes, activities, handouts and assessment tools are provided with no additional costs.

To find all MDS Training Documents click here.

Assessment and Training


All training is provided in the classroom in workshop format for each scheduled session. Assessment consists of different activities for each unit. Reasonable adjustment will be made to any assessment tools to accommodate individual need. Refer to the course outline for details of the assessment tools utilised for each unit or set of units.


Client Support Services


MDS Training offers support to all their students. Support may be related to disability, literacy, language or other concerns or barriers. You can contact the following people for assistance: the facilitator of your training, the training coordinator, or the Manager MDS Training.



MDS Training has a procedure for anyone wanting to make a complaint. You can speak to your facilitator, the Training Coordinator or the Manager MDS Training. All complaints are recorded and outcomes are reported. MDS Training uses complaints as part of its continuous improvement process. Forms for complaint are  available from the website or you can receive one by mail or email.

If you experience difficulties filling in the form contact the Manager MDS Training for assistance. This form is also provided on enrolment - or you can find the form here.



MDS Training has a procedure for students who want to appeal any decisions affecting their outcomes. This could include competency, recognition of prior learning, extensions or removal from a course. The form is available from the manager and assistance to complete the form can be provided.

The form can also be emailed or posted to you, it is also available on the website. This form is also provided on enrolment  - or you can find the form here.