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CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Salvation Army is one of Australia’s largest providers of alcohol and other drug treatment services.

The CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs will prepare you with high-level specialist knowledge to provide counselling and referral services to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues. This course will also equip you with the skills to offer realistic and achievable pathways to clients, improving their lives and enabling their re-engagement with their family, the community and the workforce.

Commencing in 2020; Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) will be available to key AOD personnel of The Salvation Army through a blended program of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and on-line study.

Are you already working for The Salvation Army in the alcohol and other drugs sector and want to gain recognition for your skills or develop your skills further? Contact us to lodge your expression of interest.

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  • Duration2 years
  • DateCommencing in 2020
  • Delivery ModeBlended: RPL and Online
  • FeesTBA

The CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs is a nationally recognised qualification.

This qualification reflects the role of workers who work under broad supervision and guidance and provide services to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues. They can provide counselling, referral and promotion services.

These workers require high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and drugs use and misuse.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with our course coordinator when you enrol.

The total number of units required for completion for the course is 22 units (16 core, 6 electives).



  • CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services

  • 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

  • CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management

  • CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

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

  • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

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

  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care

  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

  • CHCPRP002 Collaborate in professional practice

  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid


  • CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated

  • CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

  • CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements

  • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

  • CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

For information on what you could study after graduating from this course email or speak to our course coordinator who may be able to guide you.

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