Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
On Campus
18 months
Starting Date:
24/04/2023 and 20/07/2023
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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.

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!

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.


Campus Attendance Days
Traralgon: 24/04/2023 Monday 9:00am - 3:00pm
Traralgon: 20/07/2023 Thursday 9:00am - 3:30pm

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 capabilitie

Limitations to entry

  • Disclosable outcomes on a police check.

Online requirement


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

Sample course units

HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
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
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
HLTAID003 Provide 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.