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Course intake

Apply now for the flexible blended online delivery intake of the CHC43215 Certificate IV of Alcohol and Other Drugs. Intake will be quarterly from February onwards.


About this qualification

The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs 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. The course provides skills development in conducting comprehensive client assessments and providing interventions.

Occupational titles may include:

  • Case worker
  • Community support worker
  • Detoxification worker
  • Drug and alcohol worker
  • Family support worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Support worker

Delivery format

The Certificate IV is delivered flexibly through our online learning platform combining access to learning and assessment materials, optional participation in facilitator-lead web conferenced sessions (or access to recordings after hours), support via email, forums and phone.  Odyssey’s delivery strategies also include options for students with little or no experience in working with clients with AOD issues the opportunity to participate in additional trainer lead tutorial sessions in conjunction with establishing student lead study groups. Candidates will require intermediate computer literacy and good time management skills.

Expected study hours per week: 8-10
Course Duration: 10 – 14 months


Assessments are conducted using a variety of methods including question banks and written tasks. Practical skills are assessed based upon case study analysis, observation of role play recorded of a simulated or real-time activity on the job. Odyssey requires that observer and third party reports are completed by individuals with relevant experience and qualifications.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and recognised (Recognition of Prior Learning). Students who have successfully completed units of competency with another registered training organisation will receive credit transfers upon provision of a statement of attainment for the same unit/s of competency. For more information on our RPL processes, please click here.


Students who meet all requirements of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs will receive a Certificate and Statement of Results. Statements of Attainment are issued to students who partially complete the qualification.

Intended audience & pre-requisites:

  • This course is delivered flexibly online via our online portal and include options for participation in trainer lead web conferenced sessions (with access to recordings out of hours)
  • Resources include audio visual materials as well as easy to access written materials.
  • Students will require a computer and possess intermediate computer literacy skills.
  • In order to work effectively in the sector candidates must be able to perform tasks requiring language and literacy skills for reading and writing case notes, conducting comprehensive client assessments and completing industry approved templates.

If you are not employed in the sector or in a relevant role with exposure to clients with AOD issues then volunteering or short-term placements provide valuable experience.

  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context (CHCAOD001)
  • Work legally and ethically (CHCLEG001)
  • Work with clients who are intoxicated (CHCAOD002) *
  • Provide needle and syringe services (CHCAOD003) *
  • Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services (CHCAOD005) *
  • Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCAOD004)
  • Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans (CHCAOD009)
  • Assess co-existing needs (CHCCCS004)
  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCAOD006)
  • Provide brief interventions (CHCCCS014)
  • Work with people with mental health issues (CHCMHS001)
  • Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCMHS005) *
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Use communication to build relationships (CHCCOM002)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003) *
  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships (CHCPRP001)
  • Provide first aid (HLTAID003)

* Indicates electives. Credits granted for alternative electives within qualification rules.

Course Fees

Full fee-paying rate: $5,105

Government Funded Rate: $292/$118 concession

Please note: This training is provided with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Enrolments are subject to available funding. Check your eligibility for Victorian Government funding here. The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs may also be available under the JobTrainer Initiative.

Learn more – contact us

Would you like to learn more about the Alcohol and Other Drugs Skill Set? You can send us a message with the form below, or contact the Student Coordinator directly.

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