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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 skills and knowledge in an online learning environment.

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
  • Date2021 Enrolment Date Pending
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Trainer(s) Jeramy Nusco
  • Fees$2,320

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


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. However, in order to ensure you are enrolled in the most suitable and appropriate course of study all applicants 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. 


- 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 the 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

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: 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.

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

Work Experience

Whether you are already working in the Alcohol and Other Drugs sector or are looking to move into the industry, work experience will give you an invaluable opportunity to put your course theory into practice.

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 Counsellor

- Alcohol and Other Drugs Support Worker

- Parole Officer

- Welfare Workers

- Youth Worker


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




  • 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

Pathway 2

Pathway 3


Recognition of Prior Learning


You aspire to work in the area of Alcohol and Other Drugs. You have experience as an Alcohol and Other Drugs worker but not the qualification. You already hold a qualification in Community Service but looking to specialise in an area

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