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 and non-clinical expertise and resources to create and deliver high quality education in the field of mental health.

Our team of dedicated 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 of mental-ill health to obtain a nationally recognised qualification in mental health peer work.

What you WIll 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 includes interactive virtual workshops, online self-paced learning and an 80-hour placement. Supervised placement is a key part of the course as it provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and skills in the real world.

Graduates will receive a nationally-accredited qualification in mental health consumer peer work. 

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 the Victorian Government's Lived Experience Branch, Mental Health and Wellbeing Division as part of an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.


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,
  • be able to meet the attendance and study requirements to complete the Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work with Orygen, and,
  • be living in Victoria, Australia.

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 the student's tuition costs. Students also receive 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.

the Next Intake 

Orygen RTO is excited to announce that our 2024 intake and applications are now open. Enrolments close 11.59PM, 30 June 2024.

Applications for admission and scholarships can be submitted via this link.

Access the 2024 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. 

Meet our peer worker trainers


Ash (they/them) 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 (she/her) is a Peer Worker with a Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work. She has worked as part of a multidisciplinary team, where she delivered intentional peer support (IPS),  strengths-based and person-centred care to consumers. As a Peer Work trainer at Orygen, she hopes to empower students to be confident Peer Workers who can make a lasting impact in their communities.

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