Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer Peer Work)

Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer Peer Work)

Orygen as an RTO

Orygen is a licensed Registered Training Organisation (RTO). An RTO accreditation means Orygen is a recognised and approved provider and assessor of vocational training by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). ASQA is the Australian regulator of the vocational education and training sector.

RTO accreditation allows Orygen to use our world-leading research, clinical expertise and resources to create and deliver high quality education in the field of mental health.

Our team of committed trainers and assessors are equipped to provide students with quality education, guidance and support to help them achieve rewarding and fulfilling careers in mental health.

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CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer peer work)

Who should apply

The Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer Peer Work) is designed for people with personal lived experience to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in mental health peer work.

What you'll learn

Students will learn and gain skills in:

  • providing consumer mental health peer work,
  • applying evidence-based mental health frameworks, standards and practices,
  • working with people from diverse backgrounds, including First Nations people, and
  • work health and safety in the mental health sector.

The course is made up of interactive virtual workshops, online self-paced learning and an 80-hour placement. Supervised placement is a key part of the course and will allow students to apply their skills in the real world.

Graduates will receive a nationally-accredited qualification.

Orygen's RTO student handbook provides more information about enrolment, training and assessment, the student code of conduct and student policies.


Orygen is offering scholarships to people with lived experience of mental ill-health who are interested in undertaking Orygen's Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. 

The scholarships have been made available through an new initiative by the Victorian Government’s Lived Experience Branch, Mental Health, and Wellbeing Division. 


Scholarship applicants must: 

  • be 17 years or older; 
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or a holder of a permanent residence visa, or a migrant, refugee or asylum seeker holding a temporary or bridging visa providing work and/or study rights; 
  • not be currently attending secondary school; 
  • have lived experience of mental ill-health; and,
  • be able to meet the attendance and study requirements to complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work with Orygen. 

Priority will be given to First Nations applicants and people that live in rural or remote areas. Preference will be given to those not employed by the Commonwealth or a State/Territory Government. 


The scholarship consists of $4,000 which goes directly towards paying tuition fees. Students also get access to a $1000 stipend (paid out in four instalments) to go towards any study expenses they have.

Please note the full tuition cost for the course is $4505. The remaining $505 not covered by the scholarship must be paid by the student prior to completing the course and receiving the qualification. Students may choose to use their stipend payment/s to cover the remainder of the tuition cost if they wish.

the Next Intake 

Orygen RTO is excited to announce that we will be hosting a 2024 intake and are now taking expressions of interest. 

Click this link to add your name and email to our EOI list. 

Access the 2023 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work (Consumer) course outline to learn about the previous entry requirements, units of competency, course structure and other information. 2024 intake brochure coming soon. Submit an EOI to stay informed.

Meet our peer worker trainers


Ash is a Peer Work Trainer at Orygen who has experience as a peer worker across various fields including mental health, youth, LGBTQIA+ and disability. They are particularly interested in making sure peer work is valued as its own important mode of support, and that the power of lived experience is appreciated as its own form of expertise.


Betty is a qualified Youth Worker and Peer Worker who has worked with Young People and Older Adults in a variety of Community Mental Health settings. She completed the Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work and has up to 5.5 years of experience working in a multidisciplinary team supporting people in the public mental health sector using the principles of Intentional Peer Support (IPS), strengths based and person-centred care as part of her work. As a Peer Work trainer, she hopes to empower students studying the course to be empowered Peer Workers where they can make a lasting impact for themselves and for their community.

If you have any questions contact us on 0460 432 745 or email [email protected].