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Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE; JobTrainer
Study Mode:
Online, Online (With on-campus workshops)
18 months
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Course Overview

If you’re looking to begin work in the alcohol and drugs sector, this is the perfect entry level course for you!

A Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs will give you the skills and knowledge needed to provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

Taught over an 18-month period, this course is a combination of online learning and on-campus workshops. Working closely with our expert teachers, you’ll be supported through every step of your learning journey to make sure you feel confident to take the next steps in your career.

When you finish this course, you’ll be able to gain hands-on experience in areas like 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.

Some of the roles could include:

  • Outreach worker
  • Case worker
  • Support worker
  • Rehabilitation worker

You might even want to take your studies further by completing a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, a Diploma of Mental Health or a Diploma of Community Services. All of these courses will add valuable skills to your toolkit and help enhance your future career opportunities.

Now is a great time to enter the dynamic drugs and alcohol industry, providing support and assistance to those in need and pursing your career goals at the same time. And we are here to help you get on your way!

ATTENTION: As much as we’d love to offer more, we can only offer one Free TAFE course per person. If you’ve already enrolled and commenced, or enrolled but didn’t complete a Free TAFE course at any Victorian TAFE in the past you will NOT be eligible for another and will need to pay tuition and materials fees when you enrol. Reach out to us if you think this is you.


Monday 9:00am - 3.00pm
Delivered through webinars and some face to face classes

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Career Opportunities

Detoxification Worker, Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker, Family Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker, Case Worker (Community Services), Support Worker (Community Services), Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Drug and Alcohol Worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Applicants must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test as well as a Pre-Training Review to determine whether they are suitable for this course. Applicants then must undertake an interview and also meet the below requirements:
  • Year 11 pass or mature age
  • You must have access to suitable technology and have high computer literacy.

Recommended entry requirements

  • Clear Police and Working with Children Check
  • Suitable internet connectivity
  • Suitable technology e.g computer, video capabilities

Limitations to entry

  • Disclosable outcomes on a police check.

Covid–19 Vaccination
All students required to attend on-site learning must be fully vaccinated in line with TAFE Gippsland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Policy. Exceptions apply for valid medical reasons and students studying secondary school subjects.


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Participants must have daily access to a computer with a broadband internet connection to participate in this online course.  A broadband connection is required due to the large data transmissions needed to participate in the Elluminate (virtual classroom) and other course activities. You must also be comfortable using the internet and other applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe and Email.  Participants will need a headset (with microphone) to attend online classes.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Unit CodeUnit Description
CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD009Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS014Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships
CHCDFV001Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS011Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
CHCPRP001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCPRP003Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAID003Provide first aid


Each unit is assessed individually - Assessment methods typically include case studies, Q&A, group discussions, online conferencing (virtual classroom), assignments, problem solving, projects, research activities and presentations.