CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Enquiry Print Overview

This qualification reflects the role of entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions. Work is undertaken in contexts such as community based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals, with limited responsibility and within established parameters.



  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Charges
  • Programs / Units
  • Pathways
CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Course Duration: 39 Weeks (excluding holidays)
    52 Weeks (including holidays)
  • Full Time Study: • Classroom
    • Structured Online Activities
    • Self-Reflection
    • Self-Study
    • Readings, and
    • Research
  • Mode of Delivery: Classroom
  • At this level of study it is expected that you study for a minimum of 35 hours of study per week. You are required to attend class 2 days per week, 9:30am to 3:00pm, participate in structured online activities and self-study including but not limited to readings, research, assessment tasks and self-reflection.

  • Location: Geelong
    Country Victoria

Methods of assessment may include:

  • Written Questionnaire
  • Observation, Third Party/Supervisors Report, Demonstration
  • Projects/ Assignments
  • Simulated Learning/Assessment Environments

There are no AQF Pre Requisites for this qualification.

AGB Training requires the applicant to successfully complete

  • Language Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Assessment
  • Pre-Training Review
  • Enrolment Application Form
Fees & Charges
Fees & ChargesSkills FirstFull Fee
Administration Fee$0.00$10,000.00
Textbook Fee$150.00$150.00
Victorian Government Contribution for Skills First Funded Students: $13,180.00
Payment Options

Skills First Funded Students

Upfront payment prior to commencement of first class

 Fee for Service Students

Deposit of 10% is required prior to commencement of course. Fortnightly or monthly payments must be paid as per direct debit payment schedule.

Text Book Fee

Text book are to be ordered by the student prior to commencement of class.  Prices are set by and paid directly the publisher and are subject to change.

Text Books

It is responsibility of students to purchase all text books prior to first class.

  • Working Safely in Community Services : Handbook for Workplaces
  • WorkSafe Victoria
  • Published by WorkSafe Victoria
  • Purchase Online
  • Social Work Practice in Mental Health An introduction Edition 2
  • Robert Bland, Noel Renouf and Ann Tullgren,
  • Published by Allen & Unwin Book Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781743314753
  • Purchase Online
  • Treatment Approaches for Alcohol and Drugs Dependence: An Introductory Guide, 2nd Edition
  • Tracey J.Jarvis, Jenny Tebbutt, Richard P. Mattick, Fiona Shand, Nick Heather
  • Published by Wiley
  • ISBN: 978-0-470-09039-8
  • Purchase Online
Course ProgramTo achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate a competency in – 17 units of competency (12 core units and 5 elective units)

Work Legally and Ethically
  • Core
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • Core
    Work legally and ethically
Issues and Needs
  • Core
    Work with people with mental health issues
  • Core
    Assess co-existing needs
  • Core
    Work with diverse people
Intervention and Communication
  • Core
    Provide brief interventions
  • Core
    Use communication to build relationships
Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Core
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • Core
    Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Core
    Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Core
    Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
Co-existing Needs
  • Elective
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • Elective
    Provide AOD withdrawal services
Complex Issues
  • Elective
    Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • Elective
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • Elective
    Coordinate complex case requirements
First Aid and CPR
  • Core
    Provide first aid
  • Extra
    Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

On successful completion students will have the knowledge and skills required to gain employment in listed career opportunity and additional employment pathways as well as further training in CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs or other relevant qualifications.