CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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This qualification reflects the role of workers who work under broad supervision and guidance and provide services to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues. They can provide counselling, referral and promotion services. These workers require high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and drugs use and misuse.


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  • Entry Requirements
  • Fees & Charges
  • Programs / Units
  • Pathways
CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • Course Duration: 52 Weeks (excluding holidays)
    67 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 1 day 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$100.00$10,000.00
Textbook Fee$230.00$230.00
Victorian Government Contribution for Skills First Funded Students: $10,308.00
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.

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Text Books

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

  • Mental Health in Australia Collaborative Community Practice 3rd Edition
  • Graham Meadows, John Farhall, Ellie Fossey, Margaret Grigg, Fiona McDermott, Bruce Singh,
  • Published by Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 9780195574883
  • 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: 9780470090398
  • Purchase Online
Course ProgramTo achieve this qualification, the candidate must demonstrate a competency in
22 units of competency (16 core units and 6 elective units)

  • Core
    Work with diverse people
Co-existing Needs
  • Core
    Assess co-existing needs
Professional Practice
  • Core
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
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 and care
  • Core
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs
  • Core
    Work effectively in trauma informed care
Service Program
  • Elective
    Develop & implement service programs
Advocate for Clients or Groups
  • Core
    Provide systems advocacy services
  • Core
    Research and apply evidence to practice
Early Intervention
  • Elective
    Provide early intervention, health prevention & promotion programs
Client Relationships
  • Core
    Collaborate in professional practice
  • Core
    Establish and manage client relationships
Counselling Relationship
  • Elective
    Establish & confirm the counselling relationship
  • Elective
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Alcohol and Other Drugs Intervention
  • Core
    Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
  • Core
    Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
Withdrawal and Recovery
  • Elective
    Provide AOD withdrawal services
  • Elective
    Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers
First Aid
  • Core
    Provide first aid
  • Extra
    Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Upon successful completion, students will have gained the knowledge and skills required to apply for further studies in either CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management, or pathway to second year entry into Charles Sturt University’s undergraduate degree, Bachelor of Social Work, via online studies or in Australia on campus at Wagga Wagga or Port Macquarie, NSW. For further details and entry requirements to the university pathway, please refer to the website:


  • CourseCHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  • UniversityCharles Sturt University
  • CreditsUp to 8 Subjects (64 Credit Points)
  • DegreeBachelor of Social Work