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Course intake

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

Good news about eligibility!
DET Victoria has opened access and eligibility for government supported training places to help alleviate skills and workforce shortages including for working with clients with alcohol and other drugs issues! From 1 January 2023 DET and the Victorian government are removing the upskilling rule for access to all government-subsidised training in Victoria meaning more Victorians will have access to government-funded courses.

What does that mean for me?
This means that you can access a funded place in Odyssey’s Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs regardless of any other qualifications you hold! And your course fees will be very low!



Course start date: 27/07/23

Intake closes: 30/06/23

Upon completion

  • Certificate and Statement of Results; or 
  • Statement of Attainment (for all units completed) 
  • Credit into Diploma 


The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) provides entry level skills for working with clients with alcohol and other drugs issues. This course is suitable for people seeking to enter the AOD workforce and is equally suitable for those with qualifications in related health or human services fields who want to broaden their skills or for a career change. 

The qualification consists of 17 competencies covering the core skills required for working effectively with clients with alcohol and other drugs issues, including: 

  • The AOD context—service delivery types, AOD work practices, legal and ethical considerations, drug fundamentals and effects 
  • Treatment models including stages of change 
  • Assessing clients and developing treatment plans 
  • Providing interventions including motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioural therapy, relapse prevention 


  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 
  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 
  • CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 
  • CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues 
  • CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions 
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 
  • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated (El)
  • CHCAOD003 Provide needle and syringe services (El)
  • CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services (El)
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice (El)
  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues (El) 
    Credits may be granted for alternative electives within qualification rules 

Delivery formats/modes

Odyssey offers students opportunities to access a combination of delivery modes to meets their needs. Delivery modes include optional participation via flexible and blended online delivery that features:

  • Anytime-anywhere access to online learning and assessment resources.
  • Trainer led web-conferenced workshops and tutorials/catch up sessions (recordings available after hours); and
  • Student led study groups.

Please note: Unit HLTAID011 – Provide First Aid is in person training at our office location. 


Odyssey’s courses are assessed using a variety of assessment methods, including question banks, other written tasks, case study analysis and observation of simulated role plays.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

All students may apply for recognition of prior learning based upon formal, informal, and non-formal experience and learning, and may indicate this in the application form.

If you have successfully completed a course with another provider, then credit transfers will be applied upon provision of a verified statement of attainment for the same unit/s of competency.   Assessment only pathways are available on a fee for service basis.  For more information on our RPL processes, please click here.

Fees and charges

Concession fees are available to those holding a current and valid concession card. Eligibility for government subsided places can be checked through the Victorian Skills Gateway 

Government subsidised fee: $345.00 (includes a non-refundable $75 administration fee) 
Concession: $129.00 (includes a non-refundable $75 administration fee) 
Full fee: $5,105.00 (includes a non-refundable $75 administration fee) 
Full fee Concession: $4,602.00 (includes a non-refundable $75 administration fee) 

Discounts may apply to those who are eligible for concessions where indicated above in the Statement of fees below. 

Basic skills required to participate

  1.  Language and literacy skills for reading and listening to course materials, writing responses to short answer questions, case notes, conducting comprehensive client assessments (completed on industry approved templates).
  2. Students need intermediate computer literacy and good time management skills. If you need to improve your computer skills, then please consider undertaking a basic computer skill course with an adult learning centre by following this link.

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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