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CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Be equipped with high level specialist knowledge, practical skills and competencies to support people with health issues related to alcohol and drug use and misuse. You will expand your knowledge on the effects of alcohol and other drugs and learn how to provide counselling, referral and promotion services to clients.

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.

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  • DurationThis is a self-paced, online course delivered via our online portal, Booth Online. You will have a maximum of two years from enrolment to complete 22 units of study, plus the work experience component.
  • Date2022 Enrolment Intake: 25 July-7 August
  • Delivery ModeOnline + Optional Work Experience
  • Trainer(s) Kristie Clifton | Teresia Kanyi
  • Fees$6,300 AUD
    This fee includes all learning and assessment resources, work experience assistance, online support and assessment services for a period of two years.

Who should consider this training?

This qualification is suitable for individuals already working in an Alcohol and Other Drugs support environment, who want to develop their skills and knowledge.

3 Important Things to Know

1. You have two years 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 two years from enrolment to complete this course.

2. Work experience in an Alcohol and Other Drugs setting is recommended.

To gain the most from this course and successfully complete the course work, we recommend 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 12 hours a week should be set aside for study.

We recommend students allocate a minimum of 12 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 CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs is a competency-based course which requires 22 units for the qualification (16 core units and 6 elective units).

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 Worker
- 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 Intake for this course is:

- 25 July - 7 August

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


  • 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

  • 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

  • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance

  • CHCMHS002 Establish self-directed recovery relationships

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

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