Diploma of Mental Health

CRICOS Course Code | 095787G

Course Overview

Demand for dedicated professionals in this sector is consistently growing. If you have a passion for helping others and are looking for an interesting and challenging field to specialise in, our mental health course will be a great fit for you.

Your training is a combination of classroom and practical elements like role plays, simulations and compulsory work placement. This gives you the skills and knowledge to provide services that maintain a therapeutic alliance with clients living with mental health issues.

You will also learn how to work from a recovery oriented perspective that is strengths-based and client-centred. You will gain the skills and knowledge to become a practitioner in this sector which includes fields such as counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services.

Career Opportunities

The outcomes for this course are the achievement of knowledge, skills and attributes to fulfil the role of workers who provide counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services to clients in relation to mental health issues.

Potential job opportunities may include:

Mental Health Worker
Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
Welfare Support Worker
Community Worker
Case Worker/Manager
Recovery Support

Quick Facts


Diploma of Mental Health

CRICOS Course Code



Full Time 24 months
(8 Terms x 10 Weeks)


Classroom, Structured Study (Online), & Self-directed Learning


  • Mental Health Worker
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Welfare Support Worker
  • Community Worker
  • Case Worker/Manager
  • Recovery Support


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Case Planning
Client Assessment
Diverse Clients
Health Promotion
Mental Health Care
Mental Health Recovering Practices
Mental Health Professional Practice
Work Placement

Units of Competency within the Course

Click here to download the Units of Competency for this course.

Entry Requirements - Skills, Knowledge and Experience

There are no mandatory entry requirements listed in the training package.

International students must:

A prospective student does not need to provide evidence of an English test score with their application if one of the following applies:

  • Prospective student is a citizen and holds a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland.
  • Prospective student has completed at least 5 years’ study in English in one or more of the following countries: Australia, UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland.
  • Completed at least 6 months of a Certificate IV level course in an Australian RTO.

Please also note that if you are applying for more than one course with us, you will only need to complete the LLN online test once. Students returning to studies at ALG after a significant gap may be required to complete the LLN online test at the discretion of ALG.

Amount of Training, Volume of learning, Mode of Study and Course Expectations

This course is timetabled for 104 weeks, including 80 weeks of training and assessment spread over 8 terms of 10 weeks each and 24 weeks of holidays.​

This time includes both face-to-face and self-paced training and assessment.​

Students are required to attend 14 hours of classroom training per week and complete structured self-study of 6 hours per week. This is a mandatory component of a student’s study and student’s attendance, and participation will be monitored. ​

Homework is expected to be approximately 10 hours a week.​

Australian Learning Group students will be required to complete 160 hours of work placement.

Training and Assessment

Students will be provided with learning and assessment materials to develop their knowledge and understanding. All students will be provided with a range of learning support options and resources to help them achieve competency.​

Australian Learning Group uses a range of techniques during face-to-face delivery including trainer presentations and demonstrations, individual tasks, case studies, research, role plays, practical demonstrations, and group work. Students will complete a portion of their learning in an online self-study learning mode.​

Because students learn best while applying their new skills in the workplace, the 160 hours of work placement provides students with the opportunity to further develop their skills.

Assessment Methods

Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including projects incorporating role-plays, case studies, observations, and short answer questions. Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom-based assessment.

Training Locations

Melbourne & Sydney 

Your training will occur on campus and assessment will occur in both simulated and real-work environments. The work placement can be arranged by the College, or you may be able to nominate your own workplace (subject to approval). If the College is arranging your work placement, we will endeavour to find a workplace that is close to your campus (subject to availability).

Student Support

The primary learning support comes from our Student Experience Team and from our Trainers and Assessors.

Student Experience Advisors offer support throughout a learner’s studies and can help with the following information:

  • Support services
  • LLN services (in collaboration with the Training and Assessment team)
  • Legal services
  • Emergency and health services
  • Facilities and resources;
  • Complaints and appeals processes

Additional sources of student services information available includes:

  • Student Services Booklet
  • ALG Student Handbook
  • Online Student Centres – found on our websites
  • Plus a variety of individual factsheets, flyers or electronic messages
Student Requirements

All students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet device to participate in all theory classes. They are not provided for students. Refer to the BYOD Policy in the student handbook.

Work Placement

  • All students will need to provide a clear and current national police check prior to the start of any work placement. Students need to apply for this check at least 6 weeks prior to undertaking a work placement. The costs for a national police check is the responsibility of the student and not included in course fees.
  • A Working with Children Check (WWCC) may be required depending on the work placement venue. More information about how to obtain a WWC will be provided on Induction Day. The student is required to cover the cost of obtaining the WWCC if any.

To maximise the chance of a student successfully completing their training, ALG attempts to identify any support individual learners need prior to their enrollment or commencement. Some of the ways to identify learning needs is to ask all prospective students to self-assess. So prior to enrolling please ensure:
i) you can meet all course requirements (listed in this course overview)
ii) you nominate any learning needs they have prior to enrollment either by contacting us or on your application/enrolment forms, and
iii) consider booking a trial lesson if you have any doubts the course may not be suitable for you from an educational, cultural or other reason. Please refer to Section A3 of the student handbook for details.


Click here to download the Timetable for this course.

Last reviewed: 10 October 2023

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