• Course Code
  • CHC53215
  • Course Type
  • Accredited Course
  • Study mode
  • Online
  • Duration
  • 2 years
  • Starting Date
  • February 2020
  • Location
  • Online
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Course Overview

The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) is the ideal course for anyone already working in this or related fields and looking to further your skills and knowledge.

This course teaches you to provide services to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues including counselling, referral and promotion services. You will learn high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to AOD use and misuse.

This is an online course and has been developed to best support people already working in the welfare sector.

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 but is a core unit so must be completed. Your options are to:

  1. undertake this unit elsewhere and supply a copy of your transcript to the institute unit; or
  2. Negotiate to do this unit on campus with TAFE Gippsland when the unit is being offered.


Times of online tutorials will vary depending on students availability.

Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Case Worker (Community Services)
  • Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker
  • Outreach Officer (Alcohol and Other Drugs)
  • Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
  • Assistant Community Health Worker
  • Assistant Community Worker
  • Assistant Community Services Worker

Opportunities for Further Study

Bachelor of Community and Human Services or any other behavioural sciences undergraduate degree.

Further Information

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
  • Clear Police and Working with Children Check

Recommended entry requirements

  • Suitable internet connectivity
  • Suitable technology e.g computer, video capabilities


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Students must have access to a computer and have a reasonable level of computer skills to undertake this course.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

VET Student Loans are available to assist eligible students studying higher level vocational education and training (VET) qualifications to pay their tuition fees. Higher level VET qualifications are at those at a Diploma level and above. VET Student loans are capped at a maximum for each approved course of study and the amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance. If eligible for a student loan, you can access up to $15,793 to help cover the tuition fees for this course. For more information about VET Student Loans and eligibility requirements, please click here.

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Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



100 (voluntary)
Placement is arranged by: Institute

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
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCPRP002 Collaborate in professional practice
CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
CHCMHS009 Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
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
CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
CHCMHS011 Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing


Written assignments, participation in forums, quizzes, case studies, research activities

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