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Apply for the CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs now. Intake will occur regularly every 3 months.

27/10/2022 Copy


Course start date: 27/10/22

Intake closes: 16/09/22

About this qualification

The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) course is designed to enable candidates to extend their knowledge and application of skills in advanced therapeutic practices, advocacy and research. The Diploma also focusses on providing higher level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies related to statutory requirements in working with clients with substance use issues, the range of services available and co-occurring health issues related to alcohol and drug use and misuse.

The Diploma is designed for those currently employed in the alcohol and other drugs sector, or those who have achieved a qualification at Certificate IV or higher level in a related field and who wish to expand their expertise for working with clients with AOD issues.

Odyssey offers a range of elective choices to meet diverse workforce needs. 

Occupational titles may include:

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

Delivery format

The Diploma 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.  Candidates are encouraged to develop peer support networks. Candidates will require intermediate computer literacy and good time management skills.

Expected self-directed study hours per week: 8-12
Course Duration: 22 months (Max)


Competency against each unit’s specifications is assessed using a variety of methods including, question banks, and written tasks based upon brief research assignments.  Assessment of performance of clinical and therapeutic skills is by observation based upon case studies and role plays. Third party reports may be required where candidates demonstrate competencies on the job.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and recognised. Students who have successfully completed competencies with another training provider that are identical to any of those contained within this course can apply for National Recognition (credit transfer). For more information on our RPL processes, please click here.


Candidates who successfully complete all units of competency for the CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs will receive a Certificate and Statement of Results. A Statement of Attainment listing all units of competency completed will be issued to those who partially complete the Diploma.

Intended audience & pre-requisites:

  • The flexible online delivery format of our Diploma course is designed for those who have completed at least a Certificate IV qualification in a related field.
  • It is preferable that candidates are employed or are volunteering in an organisation with exposure to clients with AOD issues.
  • This course is delivered online via our online learning portal.
  • Students require a computer and will be required to perform tasks such as accessing, downloading and uploading files and audio visual materials.
  • Work in an alcohol and other drugs context (CHCAOD001)
  • Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services (CHCAOD005) *
  • Work with clients who are intoxicated (CHCAOD002)*
  • 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)
  • Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management (CHCAOD007)
  • Establish and manage client relationships (CHCCOM006)
  • Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCMHS005)
  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCAOD006)
  • Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues (CHCAOD008)
  • Provide systems advocacy services (CHCADV005)
  • Work with diverse people (CHCDIV001)
  • Work effectively in trauma informed care (CHCMHS007)
  • Implement trauma informed care (CHCMHS013) *
  • Research and apply evidence to practice (CHCPOL003)
  • Collaborate in professional practice (CHCPRP002)
  • Reflect on and improve own professional practice (CHCPRP003)
  • Assess the needs of clients with problem gambling issues (CHCGMB001)*
  • Provide counselling for clients with problem gambling issues (CHCGMB002) *
  • Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide (CHCSS003) *
  • Provide first aid (HLTAID003)

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

Course fees

Full fee-paying rate: $6950
Government funded rate $297.00 / $119 concession* (concession rate only available to those students who self-identify as being of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander descent)

Please note:

Please note: This training is provided with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Check your eligibility for Victorian Government Training Guarantee funding here.

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