Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs


If you work in, or would like to work in a community based organisation, withdrawal service, residential rehabilitation or an outreach service, our Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is the course for you. The program offers excellent teaching in these areas and successful completion will see you with a qualification in the field, paving the way for further study in Community Services and Health and Education and career options.

Achieve a qualification in the career you’re already building.

The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs reflects the role of entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues, and implement health promotion and community interventions.

Work is 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.

Feel confident in what you know.

The program will help define 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.

Develop skills and learn to implement interventions to people requiring support with alcohol and other drug issues (AOD).

The qualification provides the knowledge and skill sets for support/care workers related to AOD used to support workers within the broader residential and community based settings.

If you have successfully completed the Certificate V in Mental Health at Melbourne Polytechnic you will be eligible for credit recognition for many of the units in the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

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Full-time: 12 months

Modes of Delivery

Online components, Classroom



Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in the workplace. Methods include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class activities, on-line, written work and 120 hours of work placement.


Work books and class materials are supplied. Any additional material cost to be advised at information sessions

Entrance Requirements

  • attending an information session is encouraged
  • all applicants must be 18 or over
  • a satisfactory Police Check is mandatory for placements
  • you will need adequate language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills appropriate for the demands of this course

Pathways to further study

Once you successfully complete this course, you may wish to enrol in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services

Career Pathways

You could work as a:
  • case worker
  • community support worker
  • family support worker
  • drug and alcohol worker

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 100
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated 50
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 135
CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services 150
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues 70
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans 75
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs 80
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions 75
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships 55
CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements 75
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people 40
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically 55
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues 80
CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.