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About Alcohol & Other Drugs

Courses in Alcohol and Other Drugs enable you to work in a variety of roles within broader residential and community-based settings such as caseworker, community support worker, outreach worker, drug and alcohol worker and family support worker. An Alcohol and Other Drugs course can pave the way for further studies in community services and health education.

Course guide

The main Alcohol and Other Drugs courses offered in Australia include a Certificate IV or a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs. A Certificate IV (CHC43215) in alcohol and other drugs you the necessary knowledge foundation to make a real difference in people’s lives.

This course contains several units of competency required to obtain certification. The core units and course codes are included below:

  • Provide Interventions for People with Alcohol and Other Drug Issues (CHCAOD006)(CHCCCS014)
  • Develop and Review Individual Alcohol and Drug Treatment Plans (CHCAOD009)
  • Provide First Aid (HLTAID003)
  • Assess the Needs of Clients with Alcohol and Other Drug Issues (CHCAOD004)
  • Work in an Alcohol and Other Drugs Content (CHCAOD001)
  • Assessing Co-existing Needs (CHCCCS004)
  • Working with Diverse People (CHCDIV001)
  • Using Communication to Build Relationships (CHCCOM002)

All Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from other Recognised Training Institutes (RTO) such as TAFE, is subject to approval before a credit transfer can be made. Assistance with tuition fees for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander can be provided via the Australian government. Entry requirements may vary for international students.

Education pathways

Certificate IV courses are ideal for entry-level community support workers or people looking to start a new career path. On completion of a Certificate IV (CHC43215) in Alcohol and Other Drugs course, you can enrol in a Diploma of Community Services or a Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs.

Why study this course?

The support services industry is in growing need of compassionate people with the skills to provide quality health care and support. Drug and mental health issues are prevalent issues in communities that seek drugs treatment plans. Community interventions are great ways to combat alcohol and other drugs abuse; therefore, support workers are needed to help implement these programs. An alcohol and other drugs course is a great career opportunity to give back to the community with highly rewarding and satisfying work. It is a well recognised and regarded course that will develop your intrapersonal skills such as:

  • Using empathy to connect with clients
  • Organisation and communication skills
  • Mental health awareness
  • Team building skills and many more
  • Delivery mode

A range of flexible online courses and study options are available. The alcohol and other drugs courses typically include detailed learning materials, assessments, case study examples and online support. Most alcohol and other drugs courses can be done on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on your preference and start dates may vary. You will gain a certification upon successful completion.

After completion of the course, candidates may gain employment in several working environments such as community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.