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Course intake

Apply for the flexible online delivery or the blended delivery intake of the CHC43215 Certificate IV of Alcohol and Other Drugs now.

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About this qualification

This qualification reflects the role of entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions. Work in undertaken in contexts such as community based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals, with limited responsibility and within established parameters.

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. It also refers to specific knowledge of a client with alcohol and other drugs issues and to appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community settings.

Occupational titles may include:

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

Delivery format

There are two methods of delivery for this course: Blended delivery (online + weekly classroom-based training) learning for students who are not experienced and or/employed in a relevant sector, and flexible delivery (majority online) learning for students who are employed and/or experienced in the alcohol and other drugs (or a related) sector.

This study method for the Certificate IV is designed for delivery to students who have no prior experience, competencies and/or employment in the alcohol and other drugs sector.

Students in this group will be given the opportunity to practice and apply these skills and knowledge through a blended learning delivery method of online study and one session per week of 5 hours’ classroom-based training.

In addition to these sessions, the course is provided through flexible delivery of accredited training. This comes with online support in the form of manuals, learning materials and assessments as well as support via telephone, emails and forums. It is suitable for people with intermediate computer literacy.

If you would like to register your interest for an upcoming blended delivery intake of the Certificate IV of Alcohol and Other Drugs, please contact our Student Coordinator on (03) 8537 7112 or at

Expected study hours per week: 8-10
Course Duration: 13 months

This method of delivery is designed for students currently employed in the alcohol and other drugs sector. The course is provided through our online Student Portal, with full online support in the form of manuals, learning materials and assessments as well as support via telephone, emails and forums. It is suitable for people with intermediate computer literacy. The format is similar to ‘distance learning’ and requires good time management skills.

Expected study hours per week: 6-8
Course Duration: 12 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.

Refer to our Assessment Policy in the Student Handbook for information about reassessment and appeals.

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.


Odyssey Institute will issue certificates and statements of results to all students who complete all units of competency required for a qualification. Statements of Attainment are issued for completion of units of competency.


Participants assessed as competent in the units receive a nationally recognised and accredited Qualification: the CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Partial completion of the qualification can lead to a Statement of Attainment being issued that will list any units of competency obtained.

Units delivered
  • 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)
  • Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide (CHCCCS003)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Use communication to build relationships (CHCCOM002)
  • Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships (CHCPRP001)

Intended audience & pre-requisites:

  • The flexible online delivery iteration of our Certificate IV course is designed for workers currently employed in the AOD (or related) sector, where a qualified supervisor can assist them in the provision of third party reviews of practical assessments undertaken during their line of work. The blended delivery intake is designed for students without AOD sector employment or qualifications.
  • Our courses are contextualised for the Victorian AOD sector, and as such are recommended only for students intending on working in Victoria.
  • This course is delivered online (and the blended delivery still entails the use of an online Student Portal) and thus is suitable for people with access to a computer and intermediate computer literacy.
  • In order to work effectively in the sector candidates must be able to perform tasks requiring language, literacy and numeracy skills such as reading & writing case notes and reports, and conducting & writing assessments.  A learning, literacy and numeracy test will be issued to all prospective students in line with national Registered Training Organisation requirements.

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.

Course Fees

Cost: $5105

Government Funded Price: $269.  (Concession rate, for valid forms of Government concession:  $114)

Please note: This training is provided with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. $269/$114 represents the required student contribution. Enrolments are subject to available funding. Check your eligibility for Victorian Government Training Guarantee funding here.

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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