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Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer Peer Work) - Certificate IV (CHC43515-02V02)
Course brochure: Click here for a PDF copy of the course Print/Download PDF    Click here to e-mail me the course details e-Mail me
Study area: Human Welfare Studies and Services 
National code: CHC43515  (Nationally Recognised Training)
Locations:
Location  Attendance  Duration  Commencing  Attendance days 
Nowra  Part Time Day  1 Year 21-Jul-2017  Fri 
Features: Traineeships 
Description: This qualification reflects the role of workers who have lived experience of mental illness as either a consumer or carer and who work in mental health services in roles that support consumer peers or carer peers. Workers are employed in the mental health sector in government, public, private or community managed services.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 80 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. 
Other requirements: WORK PLACEMENTS

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:
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/careers/student_clearance/pages/default.aspx

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:
http://www.afp.gov.au/what-we-do/police-checks/national-police-checks.aspx

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:
http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/working-with-children-check

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 
Entry requirements: There are no entry requirements for this qualification. 
Learning pathways: 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

https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/recognition-of-prior-learning

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

https://www.tafensw.edu.au/courses/study-options/tafe-to-university 
Career opportunities: Disabilities Services Officer 
Specialisation: (Consumer Peer Work) 
Support for students: TAFE NSW has a range of support services available including support for students with disabilities, extensive library and information services, career advice and counselling, children's centres and support for multicultural or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. No matter what your circumstances are, TAFE NSW can assist you in many ways. 
Course availability
Location: Nowra
Location brochure: Click here for a PDF copy of the course at Nowra Print/Download PDF    Click here to e-mail me the course details e-Mail me
Offering name: Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer peer work) 
Offering code: 17NWR-102 
Attendance mode: Part Time Day 
Study mode: Course-Mixed Mode 
Duration: 1 Year
Scheduled attendance: Day/s: Friday Time: 9:00am Block: F Floor: First Room: 05. 
Hours per week:
Starting from: 21 July 2017 
Times: 10:00am to 2:30pm
About: Classes start Friday 21 July 2017 in Block: F Floor: First Room: 05. Timetable: Friday 10.00am - 2:30pm.

You will be required to undertake approx 120hrs of on the job learning. This may include early and late shifts.

You will also be responsible for travel costs to complete on the job learning activities and field trips, and for appropriate clothing.
You will be required to get:
• National Police Check (current price available on Australian Federal Police website)
• Working With Children Check (free to students) Having a criminal record may prevent you from undertaking work placement, and therefore prevent your successful completion of the course. It is also likely to prevent you from obtaining work in the industry.
It is also recommended that you attend to your vaccinations.
You will need access to internet ( you can use the TAFE library) Further information will be provided at your first class.

Volume of Learning:
Your learning commitment for this qualification is a minimum of 680 supervised hours There is an expectation that you will engage in a range of activities to support your supervised learning which may include:
• Independent study
• Work placement or simulated workplace activities
• Research and projects
• Preparation of assessment tasks
• Field/industry visits
• Tutorials
• Learning support

Required student skills:
This is a Certificate IV level course. Skills to study effectively include research and interpretation of information, referencing, time management and ability to work on projects and or in a team.

Learner Support:
If you think you might need help with choosing, enrolling in or completing your course check out TAFE Illawarra’s support-for-learners website. You’ll be able to complete self-assessment checklists, find specialist information and locate the contact details of staff to help with your individual needs.

This course is suitable for people with a lived experience of mental health issues who want to support others who also live with mental health issues. It is designed for people who have been undertaking Peer Work training with us in Semester 1. If you have not been involved in this, please ensure you meet with Liz Henigan 44219880 to discuss your options.
Applying and enrolling: Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). If you don’t already have a USI, you can easily create one at https://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi. Once you have your USI, you can add TAFE Illawarra to your USI account via the Manager Permissions page on the USI website. You will need to enter these details when adding us: code: 90006, name: TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute. You can find out more about applying and enrolling at: http://www.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/course-and-careers/applying-and-enroling



Smart and Skilled: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
(TAFE NSW - Provider Code: 90006)

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 1300 766 123 for further information and advice.
Course fees:
Description Amount
First qualification $1,990
Second qualification $2,320
Concession $240
Exemption $0
Full Fee $6,320
Smart and Skilled Trainee $1,000
Comments: Classes start Friday 21 July 2017 in Block: F Floor: First Room: 05. Timetable: Friday 10.00am - 2:30pm.

Recognition is the process by which you can demonstrate you already have the skills or competencies taught in a unit or qualification. It is the recognition of the skills, knowledge and experience you have gained through previous studies, work and life in general. Put simply, it means if you can demonstrate you already have the skills and experience you can complete partial or a whole qualification without needing to attend classes.

There are two types of Recognition:
• Credit Transfer, which allows you to receive credit for unit/s of competency previously successfully completed.
• Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), which is an assessment process of your previous skills, knowledge and experience to meet the requirements of the course you are enrolled.

You can apply for recognition online: http://search.illawarra.tafensw.edu.au/recognition/ or for more information visit www.tafeillawarra.edu.au/getrecognised or email illawarra.recognition@tafensw.edu.au 
Contact: For further information contact Customer Service Centre Information on 1300 766 123