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RTO Code: 3113 CRICOS Code: 00124K (Melbourne) 02475D (Sydney)
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What is AOD work?

The aim of AOD (Alcohol and Other Drug) work is to assist clients to reduce their reliance on substances to cope, and/or to reduce the harms associated with their drug use. As well as seeking to reduce the risks, AOD work aims to increase the number of protective factors in a person’s life. AOD work is focused less on drug use and more on the use’s function. 

AOD work that is effective must focus on the client’s goals and in doing so ensure that the clients values and self-determination is respected. The clinician also needs to provide a supportive, safe and non-judgmental professional relationship. (

his qualification covers workers who provide a range of services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions. Work may take place in a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services. This qualification:

  • Defines the knowledge and skills for support workers and care workers who work autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals in the community services and health sectors
  • Refers to specific knowledge of a client with alcohol and other drugs issues and to appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community settings.

Careers available:

  • case worker
  • family support worker
  • community support worker
  • outreach worker
  • detoxification worker
  • support worker
  • drug and alcohol worker





The Coordinator for this course is Alissa Walsh. Alissa can be contacted on the contact details below. 


Phone: 9919 2562


    Study Pathways

    Graduates of the Certificate IV in AOD, from Victoria Polytechnic, are eligible to receive 5 credits towards the Certificate IV in Youth Work, and 5 credits towards the Diploma of Youth Work. 

    Credit Transfers from other qualifications may also be possible.  To receive credits, certified transcripts of results must be provided.  There is no charge for credit transfers. 

    For further information, please contact your course coordinator.

    Find out more about pathways and credits.


      Skills Recognition: CHC43215

      Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

      You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).  If you have worked for a period of time and feel confident that you can do a particular job, but don't have a formal qualification, then Skills Recognition (RPL) may be of benefit you.

      To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised units and qualifications. Intention to apply for RPL can be made when enrolling.

      Contact the course coordinator if you wish to find out more.


        General Course Information - CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs

        • 12 month full time (or part time equivalent)
        • Blended learning delivery - combination of online activities and face-to-face workshops
        • Workshops are generally Monday evenings 5-8pm and/or Saturdays 10-5pm
        • Footscray Nicholson and Werribee Campuses, dependent on enrolment numbers

        Course Structure

        To qualify for the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs(CHC43215) students must successfully complete a total of eighteen (17) units of competency, comprising of Twelve (12) Core Units, and Five (5) Elective Units.

        Electives have been carefully chosen in accordance with the packaging rules specified in CHC Community Services Training Package and extensive industry consultation. 

        Units covered are;


        • CHCAOD001 - Work in an 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 
        • CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans 
        • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs 
        • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues 
        • CHCCS014 - Provide Brief interventions 
        • CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 
        • CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relations 
        • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people 
        • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
        • HLTAID003 - Apply First Aid 


        • CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 
        • CHCAOD002 - Work with clients who are intoxicated 
        • CHCAOD005 - Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services 
        • CHCAOD007 - Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management 
        • CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

        Skill Sets

        There are two skill sets incorporated in the full Certificate IV in AOD;

        1. Alcohol & Other Drugs Skill Set

        2. Alcohol & Other Drugs Co-Existing Needs Skill Set (Dual Diagnosis)

        Students can undertake one or both of these skill sets, or the entire Certificate IV in AOD qualification. 

        For further information regarding these skill sets, click on the AOD / Mental Health Skill Sets tab, or follow the link below;

        Admission Requirements

        There are no admission or entry requirements stipulated in the CHC Training Package for this qualification.                

        All applicants, however, are required to undertake an LLN assessment prior to enrolment as discussed below.  Occasionally applicants may be offered a pathway through CHC32015 Certificate III in Community Services Work as a result of their LLN assessment.



          To successfully complete this course students are required to attend at least 80% of classes for all units. If students are unable to attend it is expected that medical certificates are provided. Irregular and poor attendance may result in progress meeting policy being implemented. 


            Course Information Sessions

            These information sessions are a great way for you to learn more about the course and get answers to any questions you may have.

            Come along and meet the AOD team.


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