Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Help break the addiction cycle

If you want to help others in your community improve their lives and enjoy a rewarding career, you should consider studying the Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs.   Alcohol and drugs dependency is a significant social problem and counsellors are in high demand. This qualification will give you the skills and knowledge so you can help others to break the dependency cycle.

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What you will learn

This qualification will ensure you can communicate well with individuals and are able to assess their needs and develop programs to help those who are addicted to alcohol and drugs. The course will cover aspects of counselling including promoting better health, rehabilitation and counselling those who have long-term addiction and encouraging people to make better life choices.

How you will study

Assessments are by way of written assignments and have a practical component. You will receive dedicated trainer team support throughout your studies and no formal entry requirements are needed for this qualification. To achieve this qualification we will ensure you are assigned 160 hours of work placement experience.

Learning is online, but you will be expected to attend mandatory mobile workshops within your state. TrainSmart Australia will give you advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to ensure you are able to participate in these workshops. We can help you to find a hotel if you are coming from a distance. The workshops will be one or two days long and will enrich your study experience.

What are your career options with a Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs?

Working in addiction and within alcohol and drugs can be a challenging and rewarding career path for those who have a passion for helping others. Careers include roles such as a Counsellor, Service Coordinator, Youth Liaison Officer, AOD Case Manager, or Support Worker.

Student entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification. TrainSmart Australia will assess a students’ ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:-

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 Certificate; or,
  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of a Certificate IV qualification (or above) or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Cost of this course

The current course cost for this community services course online is $11,400.

Your fee payment options are:-

  • Self-funded payment plan – pay your course fee by credit card, cheque, eft, or cash.
  • VET Student Loan – Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.

VET Student Loan is available

VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan program available to Australian citizens. For this Diploma of Alcohol and other Drugs, you can borrow a $10,000 VET Student Loan which you will pay back once you are earning above a certain threshold.

The extra payment can be made with $200 up front and $100 every month for 12 months. Alternatively, you can fully fund the extra $1,400 in one payment.  You will study 19 units as listed below.

Unit of study


  • HLTWHS006
    Manager personal stress in the work environment
    Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
    Research and apply evidence to practice
    Work with diverse people
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander cultural safety
    Provide systems advocacy services
    Collaborate in professional practice
    Provide first aid


  • CHCCSL001
    Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
    Support counselling clients in decision making processes
    Establish and manage client relationships
    Work in alcohol and other drugs context
    Assess co-existing needs


  • CHCAOD007
    Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
    Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues
    Develop and review individual alcohol and other drug treatment plans
    should read Manage personal stressors in the work environment
    Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
    Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drug issues
    Work effectively in trauma informed care

Complimentary services

Membership of the TrainSmart Australia student portal in which you will receive updates on class status, new facilities, promotions and social media updates.

For more information about the many benefits of learning with us at TrainSmart Australia, about VET Student Loans or about our complimentary career guidance service, simply submit your details online or call now on 1300 855 517.


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