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Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs (CHC43215 )

This Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215 ) is a comprehensive, nationally-recognised course that will enable you to provide meaningful support to those affected by substance abuse or addictions, helping them to find better coping strategies and to make the changes they need to improve their lives.


Certificate IV in AOD

Around 1 in 20 Australians are currently living with a substance abuse problem or addiction. The destructive cycle that starts with pursuing a ‘high’ or an ‘escape’ through alcohol and drug abuse which often leads to injuries, an inability to work, and irrevocable damage to relationships.

Apart from the adverse social, economic and emotional effects it can cause, alcohol and other drug abuse and addiction can also lead to long-term health issues such as mental illness.

To be able to effectively support those with substance abuse problems or addictions, you need to have a firm grasp of the specialist skills and knowledge required.

Flexible, supportive, online learning

All your learning resources will be available online. A trainer will be assigned to guide and support you throughout your studies and will be able to offer help and advice.

If you are an Australian citizen whose primary place of residence is in WA, you may qualify for a training subsidy under the WA government’s Jobs & Skills WA program. Classes will be delivered face to face in Perth CBD.

Should I enroll?

This course is a perfect fit if you’re passionate about improving the lives of those living with substance abuse problems or addictions, as well as their families.

What will I learn?

  • How to assess the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and provide interventions if needed
  • How to develop and review individual treatment plans
  • How to increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • How to recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • How to support independence and wellbeing

What are the entry requirements?

This qualification is suited to learners who possess a sufficient grasp of the English language, adequate levels of numeracy, and appropriate attitude and motivation to enable them to undertake the demands of a Certificate IV level qualification.

As part of the selection process, TSA uses the following guidelines to assess suitability of a learner for the program:

  • All prospective learners will attend a mandatory face to face career counselling session to assess their suitability for this Certificate IV level qualification;
  • During this session, TSA’s career advisors reference the career counselling and/or Capacity of Benefit notes to summarise their thoughts on whether to proceed with enrolment or not, based on the interview/conversation. This is then retained in the learner record file;
  • All learners are required to undertake an LLN assessment appropriate for a Certificate IV level qualification to assess whether their reading and numeracy skills are sufficient to cope with the training program. The LLN assessment result will be retained in their learner record file;
  • In addition, TSA must reasonably believe the learner is academically suited to undertake the course e.g. employment history and/or prior education/qualifications.

What are my career prospects?

Working with clients with substance abuse problems and addictions is a challenging but rewarding career that can see you help to dramatically change lives for the better in a variety of roles, including:

  • Counsellor
  • Youth Liaison Officer
  • AOD Case Manager
  • Support Worker

Cost of this course $4000

  • Self funded payment options available
  • Jobs&Skills WA funding for WA residents (Perth)

JSWA funded course

JOBS and SKILLS WA Government subsidised total course fee*: $2617
*Must meet eligibility criteria to qualify. Additional fees may apply such as student services and resource fees. Student tuition fees are indicative only and are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Western Australian government program.

Units of Study

CHCAOD001 Work in 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

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions

CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically

CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

HLTAID003 Provide first aid

CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support

CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations

CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence

CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice


Want to take your studies to the next level? Enquire today about our Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs


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