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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.

This course will teach you how to assess, intervene, counsel and advocate for people struggling 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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  • Duration18 Months
  • DateEnrolments open 1 September 2020, Course commences 28 September 2020
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Trainer(s) Jeramy Nusco
  • Fees$2320

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. 

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


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Credit (or recognition) 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 into account vocational and social needs
• Help to provide information and resources to assist clients with rehabilitation and job-seeking skills
• Combine practical experience and knowledge by utilising the workplace component of the course

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 some assessment tasks will be assessed in the workplace by a suitable workplace supervisor. Students have the freedom to identify and pursue a work placement in an organisation of their choice. If required, Eva Burrows College’s Placement Officer can work with the student to secure and coordinate a work placement.

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.

Other opportunities

• Parole Officer
• 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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