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CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Learn how you can support people in the community who are struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol by combining practical work placement experience and online training to gain CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

This course will teach you how to how to assess, intervene, counsel and advocate for people struggling with addiction.

You will be equipped with the knowledge of how you could provide a range of services and interventions to people with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions delivering better outcomes for your clients.

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  • Duration12 - 18 Months
  • Date14 October 2019
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Trainer(s) Jeramy Nusco
  • FeesThis training is subsidised by the NSW Government for eligible NSW residents. If this is your first qualification, the fees will be $1990, while for the second or further qualification, the fee is $2320.

    For students who are ineligible for the subsidy or live/work outside of NSW the fee is $2320.
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Who should consider this training?

The training is suitable for entry-level workers who would like to be equipped to provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions. 


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the Course Coordinator when you enrol.    


- learn how to assess client needs in relation to treatment for drug and alcohol abuse.

- discover how to conduct interviews with individuals, couples and family groups.

- uncover alternative approaches for treatment and discuss potential for behavioural change in clients.

- find out the best way to consult with clients to develop rehabilitation plans taking account of vocational and social needs.

- help to provide information and resources to assist clients with rehabilitation and job-seeking skills.

Course Structure

17 units are to be completed successfully (12 Core Units and 5 Electives)

Note: HLTAID003 Provide First Aid, is one of the core units in the course for which you are required to have a valid First Aid Certificate from an external provider. This unit will not be delivered as part of the program.

Work Placement

During this course, you must undertake regular work experience in an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) workplace. There is no set total number of hours required, however, ongoing access is important, as a few assessment tasks need to be assessed in the workplace by a suitable workplace supervisor. You will be expected to make an effort to find a suitable work placement with an AOD organisation.  If you are having difficulties, however, assistance is available through the Course Coordinator.

Career Opportunities

Drug and Alcohol workers provides support to people in the community with drug and alcohol issues. These services can include assessment, intervention and counselling, they may also act as advocates by promoting awareness of drug and alcohol services and health education.

Other opportunities

- Rehabilitation Counsellor

- Welfare Worker

- Youth Worker


This nationally recognised qualification is open to anyone studying in Australia.


  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

  • CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

  • CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues

  • CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

  • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

  • CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions

  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

  • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid


  • CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients

  • CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated

  • CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

  • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities

  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

For information on further study options email or speak to our Course Coordinator who may be able to guide you on 02 9502 5012.


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