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CHC53215 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 CHC53215 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. To achieve this qualification, you will be required to complete a range of practical activities (simulation exercises) either online or face-to-face.

Learning is online over a 12 month period. You will be expected to complete practical activities through attending mobile workshops and in the workplace. TrainSmart Australia will give you advance notice so you can make necessary arrangements to ensure you are able to participate in these workshops.

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

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.

In addition to the above entry requirements, the College will consider whether the student applying to enrol demonstrates the capacity to meet the demands of their chosen course. Student academic suitability is determined through a one to one career counselling session. The student will be advised whether he or she is considered to be academically suited, or alternative study pathways may be offered.

Cost of this course

The maximum tuition fee for this course is $10,300. Your fee payment options are:

  • 24 month interest-free payment plan. No deposit, no interest to pay for 24 months.
  • VET Student Loan – Australian Government income contingent loan which allows you to study now and pay later.
  • Jobs & Skills WA (Perth) For residents of Western Australia government subsidies may apply.  For detailed information about our alcohol and other drugs diploma course in Perth, please refer to the attached brochure. Download the brochure from the top right hand side of this page – JSWA WA residents only

VET Student Loan is available

VET Student Loan is an Australian Government loan program available to Australian citizens. For this CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and other Drugs online course, you can take out a VET Student Loan which you will pay back once you are earning above a certain threshold. You will study 22 units as listed below.


Complimentary services and career guidance

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 (formerly VET FEE-HELP) or about our complimentary career guidance service, simply submit your details online or call now on 1300 855 517


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