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Make the next move in your career in the community services and health sectors. This mid-level course is perfect for people who want a qualification that will span across a diverse range of fields in both health and community services, including working with people supported by the NDIS.

This course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to work with people with high needs, such as dementia; how to plan and conduct recreational programs, and how to confirm a physical health status. Our highly-experienced teachers are at the top of their game and will give you the one-on-one guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work in community services and health settings as an activities officer, recreational therapy assistant, aged care recreation officer, or in a range of other areas including mental health and disability. Course details

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Gold Coast - Southport

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Blended: 9 months

Course details


  • Full Fee $3,775
  • Subsidised $1,560
  • Concession $895

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07 5581 8300

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Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

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A thank you to all our amazing students. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with TAFE Queensland Gold Coast.

Key dates

Gold Coast - Southport 17 Jul 2018 Blended

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements outlined in the Training Package however TAFE Queensland Gold Coast requires the following entry requirements to be met:

  • Sound literacy, numeracy and computer skills equivalent to Year 10
  • Applicants should also possess computer skills including being able to operate a personal computer and printer, create and manage basic files, navigate a learning management system, perform basic tasks such as word processing, sending and receiving emails with attachments, uploading and downloading documents and using web based search engines.
  • Participate in the required hours of vocational placement and hold the necessary mandatory documentation (see Placement below)
  • Students who hold a HLTAID003 First Aid Certificate can apply for a credit transfer.  Please produce the original documents upon enrolment.
  • To access Higher Level Skills funding for this course the prospective student must meet all subsidy eligibility.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): For RPL enquiries please contact the RPL Team at


Gold Coast - Southport
91-99 Scarborough Street
Southport QLD 4215

Resources required

The following additional resources are to be purchased by the student:

  • Students are required to purchase a uniform shirt (with TAFE health logo) directly from our supplier Gold Coast Uniforms, 55 Nerang Street, Southport ph: 5591 5199Hours: Monday-Thursday 9.00am-6.00pm and Friday 9.00am-5.00pm. Cost $35.00 (Prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change).
  • Long navy blue pants and black enclosed shoes.

Students will be required to access online content as part of this course so must have access to a computer and the internet.

Technical Specifications
Prospective students must have the following computer technical specifications before they can access the course materials and participate in the learning program:

  • Minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Windows PC or Apple Mac - please note: portable devices (smartphones, iPads, tablets, slates) do not necessarily support all the features of Connect, our Learning Management System, and may not work properly for submitting assessments
  • Computer running a minimum of Windows 7 or Apple Macintosh OSX 10.8
  • Connect has been designed to function on these minimum browser versions: Google Chrome (latest) (highly recommended for students), Firefox (latest), Safari (latest), Internet Explorer 10 - older versions of browsers may not correctly display information
  • ADSL or Cable Broadband is highly recommended
  • Audio playback enabled on your computer (many activities use audio interaction)
  • Students may require a headset with the capacity to listen and talk back (USB connection headsets are known to give superior sound quality)


  • Classes are conducted over 9 months.  This includes delivery of online content.
  • A weekly tutorial will be held on Tuesdays from 5.00pm-7.00pm at Southport.  The first tutorial will be held on Tuesday 24 July on Level 3, Room 301.
  • A mandatory Residential School will be held from 8.30am-4.30pm on Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 March 2019 at Southport.
  • A First Aid class is held from 8.00am-5.00pm on Monday 18 March 2019 at Southport (room to be confirmed).
  • 120 hours of vocational placement will be held full-time over three weeks.


Vocational Placement
The vocational placement requirement for this program is 120 hours.

Students must be available to undertake placement in the Gold Coast, Tweed and Brisbane Metropolitan areas.

All students are responsible for:

  • organising their own transport to and from study and vocational placement as well as any domestic arrangements
  • organising leave with their employer (if applicable)
  • planning financially for their unpaid vocational placement
  • completing online study as per their timetable whilst on placement

TAFE sources and coordinates vocational placement on the students’ behalf. TAFE's Vocational Placement Team will work in collaboration with students and facilities to coordinate vocational placement activity, and students will be provided with due notice for shift work.

With prior TAFE approval, vocational placement may be arranged in a student’s current workplace. Students will need to speak with the Vocational Placement Team immediately after enrolment to confirm these details.

Condition of Enrolment - privacy
Student details are provided to Health Care and Community Service organisations for the purposes of vocational placement. 120 hours of vocational placement is a core element of this program and therefore it is a condition of enrolment that you consent to the release of your information accordingly.

Mandatory Documentation
Please note: The Health Industry dictates that TAFE Queensland Gold Coast must ensure that all students going on placement in health care facilities hold the following documentation. Students are not eligible to attend mandatory vocational placement assessment without these documents.  There will be a strict timeframe for students to provide the necessary placement requirements. Not attending vocational placement assessment will delay course progression.

1.  Current First Aid including CPR
If you have a current Australian First Aid Certificate with current CPR, forward a JP certified copy of your Statement of Attainment with your enrolment paperwork. The CPR component will need to be updated annually and it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they provide evidence of currency to TAFE Queensland Gold Coast. If you DO NOT have a current Australian First Aid Certificate, this certificate is delivered as part of this course.

2.  Working with Children Check
Queensland students - The Working with Children Check (Blue Card Application) must be completed in person for Queensland students who live less than 50 km from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, Southport Campus.  Information can be viewed at   All original identification documents need to be sighted and students are requested to bring these documents with them for submission of their application.  If a student resides more than 50 km from TAFE Queensland Gold Coast, the ‘Confirmation of identity’ form must be submitted with the Blue Card application.  Students may submit this by email or in person.
Interstate students - must refer to their state websites for further information on how to apply for a Working with Children Check.

3.  Australian Federal Police Check (AFP)
Potential students are advised to contact the Vocational Placement Coordinator should they have any notification or criminal history as this may impact on their acceptance by facilities for placement assessment and therefore affect course outcomes. Students must be able to provide an original Australian Federal Police check on request of a facility at any time. Please refer to the Australian Federal Police website to download the application form at  Approximate cost $45.00 (N.B: The certificate MUST be issued by the Australian Federal Police.  All other types of police checks will not be accepted.) Your current AFP documentation must be no older than 3 months prior to the start of study.

  • It is the student’s responsibility to ensure their documentation remains current throughout their studies.
  • Any costs associated in acquiring the above documents are in addition to course costs and will be borne by the student.
  • TAFE Queensland Gold Coast strongly recommends that prior to enrolment students consider their eligibility to obtain the above documentation.


To achieve this qualification students must successfully complete 17 units, 10 core and 7 electives.

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care Core
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCLAH001 Work effectively in the leisure and health industries Core
CHCLAH002 Contribute to leisure and health programming Core
CHCLAH003 Participate in the planning, implementation and monitoring of individual leisure and health programs Core
CHCLAH004 Participate in planning leisure and health programs for clients with complex needs Core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Core
SISCCRO001 Plan and conduct recreation programs for older persons Elective
HLTAAP002 Confirm physical health status Core
CHCLAH005 Incorporate lifespan development and sociological concepts into leisure and health programming Core
M00VPC120 Vocational placement Vocational Placement Scheme
HLTAID003 Provide first aid Elective
CHCAGE002 Implement falls prevention strategies Elective
CHCAGE005 Provide support to people living with dementia Elective
CHCCDE002 Develop and implement community programs Elective
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports Elective
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Elective


Not all electives available at all campuses

What are my financial options?

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland Gold Coast has a financial option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, call us on 07 5581 8300. We're here to help.



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Payment Plan

If you have difficulty paying the full cost of a course up front you might be eligible for a payment plan. This will allow you to pay for your course in instalments, rather than one upfront payment at the time of enrolment.


The Queensland Government will offset the cost of study for eligible students. You will still need to pay for a portion of your study costs. The amount above is what you will need to pay.


You are eligible for the concession price of a course if you are eligible for subsidised training, and are listed on an Australian Government Low Income Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card, if you are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you hold a Department of Veterans' Affairs Pensioner Concession Card, or if you have a disability.

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Additional Costs

There are no additional costs to study this course.


Upon completion, you will be qualified to assist with the design, implementation and evaluation of health and leisure activities and programs for clients in workplace environments.  Possible occupational titles may include Activities Officer, Community Leisure Officer, Disability Officer, Diversional Therapy Assistant or Recreational Activities Officer.

Job prospects

  • Activities Officer
  • Disability Officer – Day Support
  • Leisure Officer
  • Therapy Assistant
  • Mental Health Lifestyle Support Worker
  • Community Leisure Officer
  • Diversional Therapy Assistant
  • Recreational Activities Officer
  • Aged Care Recreation or Activities Officer

Liz Asser

Qualify and be acknowledged for your experience within the workplace

I had been working within the health sector for 20 years before I committed to completing my Certificate IV in Mental Health. Currently a trainer with the Salvation Army, I knew the next step for me was to formalise my experience and training by completing the course with my fellow employees. Despite all my years of experience within the field, I was both amazed and humbled by my experience at TAFE Gold Coast. The highly qualified and empathetic nature of my teachers made me better understand how I can manage my clients in a more effective manner.

Liz Asser
Certificate IV in Mental Health

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  • checked your important dates (under the course details tab)
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  • checked your course costs and know which payment option is right for you
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  • Read the student rules and refund policy
  • Created your Unique Student Identifier and can provide this code to TAFE Queensland

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Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning

Fast-track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner.

More about RPL

More info:


8.30am-3.00pm Tuesday 17 July 2018 at Southport (room location to be advised)


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Note: All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolments.

Last updated on 16 March 2018

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