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

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.

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

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.  Some of the employment opportunities include;

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

This course is online, with facilitated moodle workshops/tutorials. Applicants must be located within Gippsland (or outlying areas) as you may be required to attend campus.

To complete this qualification you will be required to undertake the following unit of competency HLTAID003 Provide First Aid. This unit is not available online, however TAFE Gippsland does offer the unit on campus. You will be asked to supply a copy of your transcript if you have already successfully completed this unit previously.

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.


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.


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

Course units
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


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.