Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Code CHC43215
Course Title Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Location Melbourne City Campus
Intake Dates Monthly
Fee Type Government Funding, Concession, Full Fee
Duration 1 Year (Non-Traineeship)
2 Years (Traineeship)

Course Overview

The CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs 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 Structure

Work placement

80 Work placement hours (or currently working in the industry)
Students must have the current National Police Check and Working With Children Check prior to the commencement of their work placement


Assessment methods may include:

  • Underpinning Knowledge questioning
  • Direct Observations & Demonstration
  • Role plays & Case studies
  • Workplace Assessment

Units of Competency

The CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs requires 17 units of competency:

Core Units

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

Elective Units

CHCCCS003 – Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCDFV001 – Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCCDE004 – Implement participation and engagement strategies
CHCEDU001 – Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies
CHCPRP003 – Reflect on and improve own professional practice

All other electives available on request
Credit Transfer and RPL offered: Recognition of prior learning and skills assessment


Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification. Applicant will be required to successfully complete an ACSF language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment.
Learning, reading, writing, oral communication and numeracy (ACSF Level 3) are desirable to participate in the course.



Learners who successfully complete this qualification may pathway into further study options:

  • CHC52015 – Diploma of Community Services

    or higher level of qualifications in CHC package.

Your Career

This course provides you with the skills and knowledge to undertake job roles such as:

  • Case worker
  • Family support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Detoxification worker
  • Support worker / Drug and alcohol worker


Fee Types

Government Funding Concession Full Fee
 $126.80  $25.36  $12,806.80


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* Eligibility criteria applies
* Material fees may apply
* The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment