• Course Code
  • CHC43215
  • Course Type
  • Accredited Course; Free TAFE
  • Study mode
  • On Campus
  • Duration
  • 12 months
  • Starting Date
  • July 2019
  • Location
  • Traralgon
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Course Overview

This qualification is the entry level course for working in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

With this qualification, workers can provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

This course is online, with facilitated moodle workshops plus on campus workshops 1 per fortnight at rotating campuses. Must be located within Gippsland (or outlying areas).

Work in 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.

This course is delivered with a combination of online and on campus workshops.


Workshops will be held on Monday's 9am-3pm rotating between campuses. Students do not have to attend each workshop. There will also be study sessions on Wednesday evenings that students may attend.

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

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • LLN
  • Interview
  • WWCC
  • Clear police check
  • Over 18


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.

To gain entry into this course applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have well developed literacy skills
  • Have well developed ICT skills
  • Have ready access to broadband internet connection


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

Students will need access to a computer and an internet connection.

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 Code

Unit Description


Provide first aid


Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships


Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity


Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues


Work with people with mental health issues


Work legally and ethically


Work with diverse people


Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence


Use communication to build relationships


Provide brief interventions


Assess co-existing needs


Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide


Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans


Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues


Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues


Work in an alcohol and other drugs context


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.

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