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Course intake

Apply for the CHC53215 Alcohol and Other Drugs Skill Set now. Intake will be opened every 3 months.

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 Diploma of 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 units completed) 


The Diploma enables upskilling in key therapeutic competencies including:  

  • Providing advanced interventions
  • Working with people with dual diagnosis (AOD & mental health issues)
  • Relapse prevention and management
  • Working with people with problem gambling issues
  • Reflective practice 
  • Systems advocacy and Professional networking
  • Research and applying evidence to practice

Students who have already achieved a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, or similar qualification receive a significant number of direct credits towards the Diploma and will have a reduced training plan and schedule. See a list of all Diploma competencies offered over the page. 


  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 
  • 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 
  • CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 
  • CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management
  • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 
  • CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships
  • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice 
  • CHCPRP002 Collaborate in professional practice
  • CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
  • CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice
  • HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
  • CHCMHS013 Implement trauma informed care (El)
  • CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated (El)
  • CHCAOD003 Provide needle and syringe services (El)
  • CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services (El)
  • CHCGMB001 Assess the needs of people with problem gambling issues (El)
  • CHCGMB002 Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling 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 for Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs only available to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. Check your eligibility for government subsided places by going to the Victorian Skills Gateway.

Government subsidised fee: $390.00 (includes non-refundable $75 administration fee)
Concession: $138.00 (includes non-refundable $75 administration fee). Only for self-identifying Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander people (20% of tuition rate) 
Full fee: $6,950.00 (includes a non-refundable $75 administration fee)
Discount: $6,262.00 (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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    Phone: (03) 8537 7112
    Mobile: 0466 820 809

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