Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs – CHC43215



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.

Australian college of Christianity offer this qualification using a Mixed mode consisting of Classroom and Online.

Entry Requirements

To enter CHC43215 – Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugscandidates should have a year 11 school certificate, its equivalent or maturity and appropriate life experience. It is recommended that candidates have relevant experience to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas
  • The exercise of independent judgement and decision-making
  • The application of relevant technical and other skills.

Course Prerequisites

no prerequisite requirements.

Duration of Qualification and Volume of Learning

This program is a full-time course completed over a period of 2 years full time
The AQF Volume of Learning for a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is 640 ~ 2400 hours. Please refer to details of how this program meets this requirement on following pages including our timetable and details about weekly class (Training and assessment), online lecture, community service.


The primary pathway from this qualification is into the Community Workers Industry. Students may also undertake further studies in Mental Health like Diploma of mental Health or in counselling by undertaking qualifications such as Diploma of Counselling and Graduate Diploma of Relationship Counselling.

Employment Outcomes

Job roles and titles vary across different industry sectors. Possible job titles relevant to this qualification include:

  • Detoxification Worker, Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker, Family Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker, Case Worker (Community Services) Support Worker (Community Services) Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Drug and Alcohol Worker

Total number of units = 17

  • 12 core units
  • 5 elective units, of which:

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome.

Core Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Elective Units

Unit Code Unit Title
CHCCCS017 Provide loss and grief support
CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCYTH011 Work effectively with young people and their families
CHCGRP003 Plan, facilitate and review psycho-educational group