CHCSS00102 – Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set

CHCSS00102 – Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set


What is CHCSS00102 – Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set?

CHCSS00102 – Mental Health Co-existing Needs Skill Set is best suited to experienced support workers looking to build on the skills acquired from their work role or looking to formalise those skills. The course provides the additional skills and knowledge you need to enter supervisory roles, and also to provide care to people with more complex requirements.

What jobs can I get?

When you complete your Mental Health Certificate IV you can find work in many different places;
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Mental health outreach worker

Do I need any previous training?

This skill set has been endorsed by industry as suitable for individuals who:

  • Hold a qualification at Certificate IV level or higher in alcohol and other drugs, mental health or related field, or
  • Have skills equivalent to the qualification requirement validated through a recognition of prior learning process, or
  • Have substantial industry experience, on the job training and development along with supervisor assessment of capacity.

How much does it cost?

$100 for Skilled Capital eligible students.

Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN)

Every student must do a LLN check before we enrol you on the course. Certificate IV courses are designed to prepare you for a supervisory role in the industry. You must be able to read documents such as relevant national legislations and pass on that information to your staff. You will also most likely have to write formal reports for management and research difficult topics.

How is the training delivered?

This course is delivered through a combination of distance learning and optional workshops throughout the year. These workshops will depend on numbers. Most people can finish the assignments within 12 months of starting the course. You will be expected to complete homework assignments and reports in your own time, however you can come into Quest any time to use our computers and classrooms or to have a chat with our trainers if you get stuck on any questions or assignments.

Course Duration

How long it takes to complete all of the requirements to receive your certificate depends on many factors. On average, it takes about one year from enrolment to the final submission of your assessments. Some students with extensive previous work experience can complete in a minimum of 8 weeks, but this is very rare. Some students can take a maximum of 2 years to receive their skill. It simply depends on your commitment and the time you have available to study.
All students can come into our classrooms at any time after their scheduled workshops for one on one tuition if they require extra support to complete the assessments.
What will I be learning?
To be successful in the course you must finish 4 subjects called Units of Competency (UOC). Below is a description of the 4 units;

Units of Competency

  • CHCMHS004 Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
This unit describes the skills knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network.
  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services.
  • CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to issues of complexity when supporting people living with mental illness and their care networks. The unit is based on a strengths-based approach and acknowledges that complexity is not a characteristic of an individual. Complexity may be impacted by a range of interactions between the worker, the organisation and the environmental context.
  • CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing.


Every unit will require you to do some form of assessment. You do not get a grade like A+ or C- but you will be marked with either Competent or Not Yet Competent. You will get chances to repeat things if you get Not Yet Competent.
You may have to write answers to questions from the course books or you may have to take some tests. You will also have to actually demonstrate you can do certain things as well. You will also be required to complete observations in the work place.
The study you will have to do is not very difficult BUT you must be able to do it well because after the course you will be caring for people and hopefully supervising staff who will rely on you to keep them and others safe and healthy.

Work Placement

Apart from theory questions you are to answer online or in the classroom, each student is required to complete an 160 hour work placement and a workplace observations form to ensure that you are able to do the practical components of the course. You will receive the observation booklet via email after commencement of the online training or in the classroom at the commencement of classes.
The work placement must be completed in an appropriate organisation that provides mental health services.

All participants MUST apply for a Working with Vulnerable People Check with the Office of Regulatory Services.

Useful Links

A number of useful links and organisations prospective Community carers need to be familiar with include: is the official National Register of information on Training Packages, Qualifications, Courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and has been developed for training sector users.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)

Nobody likes to study things again that they already know and understand. If you think you already know some of the stuff described here please let us know!
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is simply a process you can use to show us that you already have the knowledge you need. This can be from: previous training, work experience, and/or life experience.
If you think you have the knowledge already then we will start the RPL process and explain what you need to show us.
Credit Transfer (CT) means you have previously studied the same units before at either Quest or another training company. If you have, please show us your certificate or transcript from the other training company and we will automatically give you credit for that unit.
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