0101256 – CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health
COURSE CODE : CHC53315 | CRICOS CODE : 0101256


The CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health reflects the role of workers who provide services to clients in relation to mental health issues. They can provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. These workers are required to have high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting people with mental health issues, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 400 hours of work based training/professional experience placement (PEP).


January, April, July, October

Course Fees

$20,000 AUD (includes materials & Administration Fee)

Mode of Study

Face to Face
Blended / Online learning


104 weeks


After successfully completing CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health, students may apply for:

  • Bachelor of Community Welfare
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Health Science
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychotherapy
  • Bachelor of Integrative Psychotherapy

This course is delivered in a structured classroom environment which includes the ACFE purpose built laboratory and computer laboratory. Students will also attend work placement.

The program will be delivered over 104 weeks (holiday inclusive, and 2 full days (8 hours each) and 1 half day (4 hours) per week face-to-face training), including 20 contact hours per week of theory and simulation training, self-paced structured e-learning, and at least 400 hours of work based training/professional experience placement (PEP).

Besides the above structured learning, students are advised that they will be required to do appropriately 10 hours per week of unstructured learning

The simulation training is for review of the learning activities, practicing communication, work based skills, management skills and to undertake other assessments e.g.: group presentation/individual presentation etc.

You will find the hands-on practical simulation training interesting and beneficial, so that you can perform tasks efficiently and effectively in an actual workplace which will build your confidence and competence.

28/01/2021 19/04/2021
12/07/2021 04/10/2021

Successfully completing this course may enable you to work as a:

  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker/ Support Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Mental Health Rehabilitation Support Worker
  • Mental Health Community Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Coordinator/Assessor
  • Case Manager
  • 18 years or older upon application
  • Successful completion of year 12 or equivalent.
  • All applicants are required to have successfully completed an LLN test and demonstrate competence as working at Level 3 for all indicators to enrol for this qualification
For international students, ACFE accepts following proof of a level of English proficiency:

  • IELTS Overall 5.5 band (no band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL iBT (Internet-based) 69-79 with no band less than 14
  • TOEFL Paper 523 (with a min. TWE 3.5)
  • TOEFL CBT (Combuted-based) 193 (with a min.TWE 3.5)
  • PTE Academic 46 with no communicative skill score less than 40
Note: Some assessment tasks are completed using a computer and internet, and it is essential for the student to possess basic computer skills.
  • International Students: $20,000 (includes meterials & Administration Fee)
  • Fees are subjected to changes

Relates to the learning achieved outside the formal education and training system. It is an assessment process that assesses the individual’s non-formal and informal learning. This may include any combination of formal or informal training and education, work experience or general life experience to determine the extent to which that individual has achieved the required learning outcomes, competency outcomes, or standards for entry to, and/or partial or total completion of, a qualification.

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications.

Applications for RPL must be made prior to the commencement of the course – please speak with the Student Support Officer if you wish to apply. There is a fee for consideration of RPL applications.

If you have previously completed a unit with the same unit code or unit title as in your new course, you may be eligible for a credit transfer and you may not have to repeat that unit. You will need to complete a credit transfer application form, and provide a certified copy of the transcript of statement of attainment. There is a fee for this process. Applications for credit transfer must be made prior to the commencement of the course.

The following assessment methods (not limited to) may be used to assess the students:

  • Written and oral questions
  • Presentations
  • Projects/Reports
  • Case Study/Scenarios
  • Third party reports
  • Observation in a simulated work environment
  • Observation after in actual work environment via third party reports and observation checklists


What you learn at ACFE has direct links to the real world. You’ll have the chance to put theory into practice in at least 400 hours of practical work placement that we arrange for you.

You’ll learn from Trainers and Assessors who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready and confidence prior to the commencement of your practical work placement.

Practical Placement, or “on-the-job” training, is an important part of the CHC53315 – Diploma of Mental Health. It gives you the opportunity to apply, in a real-life setting, the theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom and the practical knowledge gained in the simulated lab.

It also allows you to develop these skills and practical knowledge under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Students are required to obtain a current police check before the commencement of placement. Some placement providers may require students to hold a current Working with Children Check or immunisation before commencement of placement.

This qualification requires the successful completion of 16 units of competency which consists of 15 Core units and 5 Electives; Mode of delivery – 70 % face to face & 30% online learning
Unit Code Unit Name Nominal hours
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services 70 hours
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 65 hours
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 65 hours
CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships 70 hours
CHCMHS003 Provide recovery oriented mental health services 65 hours
CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services 65 hours
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 70 hours
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs 65 hours
CHCMHS010 Implement recovery-oriented approaches to complexity 65 hours
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing 70 hours
CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives 65 hours
CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care 65 hours
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice 50 hours
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 50 hours
HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety 50 hours
Elective (ACWA mandatory)
Unit Code Unit Name Nominal hours
CHCDEV001 Confirm client developmental status 50 hours
CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management 50 hours
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship 50 hours
CHCEDU001 Provide community focused health promotion and prevention strategies 50 hours
Elective (ACFE choice)
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 50 hours
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