Course Description

Get a basic understanding of mental health and learn practical recovery-centred skills you can use as a Mental Health Support Worker, with Open Colleges’ online Certificate IV in Mental Health.

Why study this course?

  • Ideal for those just entering the sector or those with some experience in community services, this course will provide you with an introduction to mental health work.

  • You will gain a broad understanding of mental health, and learn the practical skills to advocate for people and help them on the road toward recovery.

  • Designed to ensure you’re job-ready when you graduate, this course includes a 120-hour work placement to help you develop your practical skills in a real community setting.

  • This online mental health course will set you on the path towards a personally rewarding career in a stable industry helping people to live their best lives.

What do you learn in this course?

  • You will learn how to provide recovery-oriented support for people affected by mental illness and psychiatric disability.

  • Through a combination of online study and a structured work placement, you will graduate ready for a career as a Support Worker or Mental Health Worker in a variety of community settings.

  • Studying online with Open Colleges is fully flexible. This means you can study whenever you want, wherever you want. You can access your learning materials anytime via your online campus, Open Space, and make your way through the course at a pace that suits your lifestyle

  • This course may also offer a pathway into further study, including a Diploma of Counselling, Diploma of Youth Work or a Diploma of Community Services.

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

If you are an existing worker or have experience in the related industry, please inform our enrolment consultants during your enrolment conversation as you may be eligible to enrol as an existing worker and may be able to complete your studies faster.

Potential career outcomes

  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Intake Officer
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker