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Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Free TAFE Jobtrainer Code: CHC43215

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Overview

Campus

Preston

Duration

11 months full time

Requirements

Minimum age of 18 years.

Next Intake

February

Next Intake

February

Provide valuable care and intervention

Drug and alcohol workers provide support to those struggling with substance abuse. 130,000 people received treatment for alcohol and other drug abuse in 2017-18, and there is a demand for compassionate people with the skills required to provide quality care and support. If you would like to work in a withdrawal service, residential rehabilitation or an outreach service, Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is the course for you.

Learn to deliver specialised help

Melbourne Polytechnic’s Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is ideal for entry level community support workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues, and implement health promotion and community interventions. You will learn practical skills in contexts such as community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals who will supervise and support your learning.

An industry-recognised qualification

This qualification provides the knowledge and skill sets for support and care workers related to alcohol and other drugs, supporting workers within broader residential and community based settings. Once you’ve graduated, you might find work as a caseworker, community support worker, family support worker or drug and alcohol worker. Successful completion will see you graduate with a qualification widely recognised in the field, paving the way for further studies in community services and health and education, with a pathway to a wide variety of rewarding career options where you can make a difference in people’s lives.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

This qualification provides the knowledge and skill sets for support and care workers related to alcohol and other drugs, supporting workers within broader residential and community based settings.
  • Case Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Family Support Worker

Pathways

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

Course Details

Delivery methods

Due to COVID-19 delivery will be blended (consisting of virtual classrooms via Zoom, online and some practical classes on campus).

  • Blended learning
  • Research and online activities
  • Skills development activities in simulated work environments

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed in a variety of ways both in the classroom and in simulated workplaces. Methods include demonstration of tasks/techniques, group activities, in-class and online activities and written work.

Units of Study

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

Code Subject Elective Hours
CHCAOD001 WORK IN ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS CONTEXT Core 80
CHCAOD004 ASSESS NEEDS OF CLIENTS WITH ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS ISSUES Core 135
CHCAOD006 PROVIDE INTERVENTIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS ISSUES Core 70
CHCAOD009 DEVELOP AND REVIEW INDIVIDUAL ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS TREATMENT PLANS Core 75
CHCCCS004 ASSESS CO-EXISTING NEEDS Core 80
CHCCCS014 PROVIDE BRIEF INTERVENTIONS Core 75
CHCCOM002 USE COMMUNICATION TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS Core 55
CHCDIV001 WORK WITH DIVERSE PEOPLE Core 40
CHCDIV002 PROMOTE ABORIGINAL AND/OR TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CULTURAL SAFETY Core 25
CHCLEG001 WORK LEGALLY AND ETHICALLY Core 55
CHCMHS001 WORK WITH PEOPLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES Core 80
CHCMHS007 WORK EFFECTIVELY IN TRAUMA INFORMED CARE Core 40
CHCMHS008 PROMOTE AND FACILITATE SELF-ADVOCACY Core 50
CHCMHS011 ASSESS AND PROMOTE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL WELLBEING Core 80
CHCPRP001 DEVELOP AND MAINTAIN NETWORKS AND COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS Core 80
HLTAID003 PROVIDE FIRST AID Core 18
HLTWHS001 PARTICIPATE IN WORKPLACE HEALTH AND SAFETY Core 20

Recognition of Prior Learning

You can seek Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) where your work experience or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. RPL is individually assessed based on evidence submitted by the student to the teaching department. Applications for RPL will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic trainers, academics and where appropriate, industry experts.

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Now’s the time to register for our information and enrolment sessions. We give you an in-depth look at your chosen area of study and a tour of our department facilities.

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Free TAFE Job Trainer Concession Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $0 $0 $720 $3600 $10650
Materials fee $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250 $175 $250 $250
Total payable $250 $250 $895 $3850 $10900
Per year $
Per semester $
Materials fee $

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

To find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy we recommend you contact us help you find out.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 19 November 2020. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Materials

Lists of required materials, books and timetables will be provided at course induction or class enrolment by the teaching department.

Fees explained

The State Government’s Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition (excluding Amenities Fees and Materials Fees) for students who are eligible for government subsidised training and enrol into one of the Priority listed course.

Free TAFE is available to eligible students for one course enrolment in a lifetime.

Free TAFE places are limited for this course in 2020. Please call 9269 8400 and we can advise you whether Free TAFE places are still available.

Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative covers the cost of tuition fees for students who are eligible. Materials and amenities may still apply.

The Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative will pay your tuition fees for only one course. Once you have commenced in a tuition-free priority course, you are not eligible for further tuition-free places again, even if you do not finish your first tuition-free priority course.

Check your eligibility

Eligible students will pay 20 per cent of the standard Government subsidised tuition fee. Students can access up to one full qualification and one short course or skill set under the JobTrainer fund, including Free TAFE courses.

Who is eligible for JobTrainer?

To qualify for a non-traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or unemployed. 

To qualify for a traineeship JobTrainer course, you must

  • be aged 17 – 24 at the time of commencement of training, or
  • be a Job Seeker of any age, where a Job Seeker is defined as a person who holds a valid and current Commonwealth Health Care Card, Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Gold Card; or
    have been unemployed at the commencement date of the Training Contract; or became employed within 31 days before the commencement date of their Training Contract

To find out if you are eligible for Job Trainer or Free TAFE, call us on 03 9269 8400.

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

Concession fees are charged at 20 per cent of the standard fees for enrolments in Certificate I to IV courses. To be eligible students must meet Skills First eligibility criteria and present a valid:

  • Commonwealth Health Care card, or
  • Pensioner Concession card, or
  • Any dependent spouse or dependent child of one of the above cardholders, or
  • Veterans Gold card.

The following groups are eligible for concession fees from Certificate I to Advanced Diploma level:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
  • Asylum Seekers and victims of human trafficking 

Additional expenses

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Amenities must be paid each academic year you are enrolled.

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

Scholarships on offer

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Requirements

Prior to enrolment, applicants must meet the following entry requirements for this course:

  • minimum age of 18 years
  • Attend a course information session
  • Attend a course interview session.
  • Undertake the required language, literacy and numeracy assessment

Prior to attending an interview for the CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs, please access and read the following Australian Government document:

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is to attend a course information session.

Following attendance at a course information session, you will be invited to attend a selection interview.

After the selection interview, successful applicants will be provided with a Letter of Offer for their course. The letter will include information for completing the enrolment process.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment. Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 03 9269 8400 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

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