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CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Learn how to support people in the community who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and learn how to assess, intervene, counsel and advocate for people with addiction.

You will be equipped with the knowledge of how to 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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  • DurationThis is a self-paced, online course delivered via our online portal, Booth Online. You will have a maximum of 18 months from enrolment to complete 17 units of study, plus the work experience component or simulated tasks.
  • Date2022 Enrolment Intakes: 4-17 April; 10-23 October
  • Delivery ModeOnline + optional Work Experience
  • Trainer(s) Jeramy Nusco
  • Fees$2,320 AUD
    This fee includes all learning and assessment resources, work experience assistance, online support and assessment services for a period of 18 months.

Who should consider this training?

This course is suitable for entry-level workers who are looking to be equipped to provide services and interventions to client with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

"As a student of Eva Burrows College, I could not have been better supported. Both my trainer and Course Coordinator offered me the utmost support. They allowed me to build on my experience and contribute in ways I have not thought of before. If I consider advancing my education, Eva Burrows College would be my first choice."

Tony, Graduate of Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs


"The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other drugs went beyond my expectations, in fact it became a self-discovery journey in developing skills required to make a difference in people undergoing recovery from addictions and other psychosocial issues."

Oluwaseun, Graduate of Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.


3 Important Things to Know

1. You have 18 months to complete this online course.

This is a self-paced, online course delivered via our online portal, Booth Online. You will have a maximum of 18 months from enrolment to complete this course.

2. There is the option to do work experience in an AOD setting.

To gain the most from this course, we recommend you do work experience in an Alcohol and Other Drugs setting. This will assist you to gain an understanding of the sector and better develop practical skills and complete assessments.

3. Approximately 15 hours a week should be set aside for study.

We recommend students allocate a minimum of 15 hours per week to work through the Learner Guides, online activities and assessments.

Additional Information

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, in order to ensure that the applicant is enrolled in the most suitable and appropriate course of study they will be required to complete a pre-enrolment evaluation, as part of the Online Enrolment Application.

This course is open to anyone living in Australia. It is not available to any residents living outside of Australia. The eligibility of students will be confirmed during the enrolment process. 

Course Structure

The CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is a competency-based course which requires 17 units for the qualification (12 core units and 5 elective units). Note the HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Unit, is one of the core units in the course for which you are required to have a valid First Aid Certificate (HLTAID003 or HLTAID011) from an external provider. This unit will not be delivered as part of the program.

Refer to the Units Tab above for a full list of units available at Eva Burrows College for this course.

Work Experience

Work experience is optional but recommended. Simulated tasks will be provided to students unable to do work experience. If you are not currently working in the industry, you have the flexibility of identifying a work experience opportunity or our Placement Officer can assist you. Due to the ever-changing demands placed on organisations it is not possible for the college to guarantee a suitable work experience opportunity. For further information email the Course Coordinator.

Career Opportunities

Drug and Alcohol workers provide 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. On graduation some of the career prospects could include:

- Rehabilitation Worker

- Alcohol and Other Drugs Support Worker

- Parole Officer

- Welfare Workers

- Youth Worker


Learn More

For more details about this course click on the Course Information Brochure below.

Ready to Apply?

To register your interest, email The 2022 Enrolment Intakes for this course are:

- 4-17 April 2022 

- 10-23 October 2022


An online enrolment application link will be emailed to you once the intake opens. 


  • 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

One qualification – three pathways

Pathway 1 - New

Pathway 2 - RPL

Pathway 3 - Upgrade

If you are new to Alcohol and Other Drugs work
Currently work in the sector with no formal qualification
Needing to specialise in an area of Community Work
Aspiring worker in the area of Alcohol and Other Drugs
Experience as an Alcohol and Other Drugs worker, who has the experience but not the qualification
You already hold a qualification in Community Service but looking to specialise in an area

For information on this course or any other Vocational Training courses email


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