About the Course
This qualification 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 160 hours of work as detailed in the Assessment Requirements of units of competency.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.
NSW Skills List
This qualification is on the NSW Skills List. The NSW Government will subsidise eligible students to undertake this qualification. For more information see Smart and Skilled
Available as a traineeship
This course is targeted to people who have access to workplaces which will provide experiences and learning to support the agreed units for the qualification.
There are no entry requirements for this qualification
Many TAFE courses have a compulsory work placement component to assist you to apply your learning in a practical environment and you may be required to comply with some (or all) of the following.
1. NSW HEALTH
Before you commence any clinical placements in NSW Health facilities, you will be required to
• Meet NSW Health’s - Criminal Record Check requirements;
• Sign the NSW Health Code of Conduct form and any other forms, as required by NSW Health;
• Undertake Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Infectious Diseases and provide your Health Care Worker/Student Vaccination Record Card.
For specific information regarding NSW Health’s requirements, and access to the required forms, it is recommended that you visit their FAQs for students at:
2. AGED CARE WORK - Before you undertake any clinical placements in Aged Care Facilities you will be required to undertake a Federal Criminal Record Check. Visit:
3. COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES
Anyone in child-related work (including student placements and volunteers) MUST have a current Working with Children Check (students/volunteers free) in line with the Office of Children’s Guardian phase-in schedule and processes. Visit:
4. STUDENT READINESS FOR WORK PLACEMENT
Generally work placements will only occur after there has been a reasonable amount of student/teacher contact and when the teacher is satisfied that you are ready to benefit from workplace learning and perform workplace duties. Your teacher can provide further information.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES - For more information visit: https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/rights-and-responsibilities/index.htm
CREDIT FOR PRIOR LEARNING
If you already have skills and knowledge that are relevant to your course, you may be able to apply for credit through articulation, credit transfer or recognition of prior learning. To find out more about applying for credit follow this link
This web page also provides information on how to use your existing TAFE NSW qualifications to undertake a higher level qualification at TAFE NSW (e.g. Cert II to Cert III, Cert III to Cert IV, Cert IV to Diploma, etc.)
TAFE to University
Many TAFE NSW courses offer you the opportunity to gain both vocational and university qualifications. To find out more about the pathways to higher education please follow this link
Recognition of Prior Learning
TAFE Western Connect - Choose how or where you study:
On Campus - Study at a TAFE campus
You may have skills, knowledge, previous training or experience which is relevant to this course. If so, you may wish to have this recognised. This may also reduce your training time. For further information, visit Recognition and RPL
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Where can I study?
Starts in February
Enrolment Code: CHC53315-01V02-19BAT-001
How will I study?
This qualification 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. In this blended learning course, you will undertake your learning and assessment through a combination to face-to-face workshops and distance study. Your teacher will provide study support over the phone, via email or face to face.
As part of the course requirements, you will need to complete 160 hours of compulsory work placement. This will be negotiated with the course coordinator. Despite this enrolment being blended & self-directed, there is an expectation that you are able to participate in skills based interactions with your teachers that will run in Bathurst on the listed dates or alternative arrangements are made. For successful completion of this course, you will need to obtain before your work placement:
A Police check, a working with children check you will receive information at orientation in regards to these requirements
TAFE West conditions of entry to this course are the ability to work independently.
This program includes activities which are to be completed in your own time.
When will I study?
Class attendance is Part time
You will need to attend 6 weekend workshops over the year at Bathurst TAFE. The weekend dates are 16th & 17th Feb 2019, 30th & 31st Mar 2019, 18th & 19th May 2019, 27th & 28th July 2019, 14th & 15th Sept 2019 & 9th & 10th Nov 2019.
Course length: 10 hours per week for 2 YearsStart Date: 16 February 2019
End Date: 12 December 2020
What will I pay?
A VET student loan may be available to eligible students to cover some or all of their course fees. More information will be made available closer to your enrolment.
The amount you pay will depend on your individual circumstances.
TAFE NSW Government-subsidised fee (for eligible students): Up to $4,970.00 (GST free).
The fee that is displayed is the price for a student completing their second qualification and meeting eligibility criteria. The fee you pay may be lower depending on your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, a concession or an exemption. In some cases there are limited government subsidised places available.
Please contact your nearest TAFE Western campus or call us on 1300 823 393 for a personal fee assessment and to find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place. If you do not gain a subsidised place you may be able to enrol and pay the non-government subsidised fee.
A payment must be made towards your course fee (if applicable) at the time you enrol or your place in the class will not be confirmed and you will not be able to access any of your learning resources.
Study Now, Pay Later
VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme, which ceased on 31 December 2016. The new student loans program gives eligible students access to quality higher level VET qualifications, particularly those students who could not otherwise afford to pay upfront.
More information on VET Student Loans can be found at https://www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans including: eligibility, loan caps, eligible courses, repayment options.
Who can I talk to?
Please contact the TAFE West Region Hotline 131601