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Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

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National ID: CHC43215 | State ID: AWK4



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This qualification focuses on providing assessment and support to clients with alcohol and drug issues as well as implementing health promotion and community intervention programs. You will learn about interviewing in the initial client assessment and study preventative, educational and other community strategies relevant to the field.

You will also learn skills in working with people who are intoxicated, providing withdrawal services and develop an understanding of the legal and ethical requirements for working in drug and alcohol support services.

Is this course right for me?
  • A desire to make a significant impact on people at a critical stage of their life
  • Enthusiastic and caring with a positive and proactive approach
  • Able to work with individuals presenting with complex needs and histories
  • Understanding of the needs of people from a diverse range of backgrounds
  • Good active listening and conflict resolution skills
Delivery mode information

With online study you will be completing your course via an online platform which contains all your study material and assessments. You will be provided a login and password to access this material once you have been enrolled at North Metropolitan TAFE. 

Online is a little different to on-campus study as you do not have face to face contact with your lecturers and you do not engage directly with fellow students during every-day class activities. If on-campus study is not your preference, then online study is a great option. Rest assured you will be supported by your online lecturers.
You will also have access to lecturers via your online dashboard. The lecturers will help to clarify your concerns, assist with the course content, mark your assessments and provide you with feedback if required

Qualifications are broken down into stages with an intensive practical skills workshop run at the end of each stage. You will only need to enrol and pay for one stage at a time.

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form

Workplace training offers a flexible, self-paced study program which combines workplace recognition of prior learning and individualised ‘gap’ training to attain your qualification.

Workplace training means every time you go to work you are learning and demonstrating competence whilst working towards your qualification. The flexibility of workplace training allows you to structure and perform learning and assessment in a way that fits into your professional and personal life.

Learning and assessment plans are created on an individual level in consultation with you and/or your employer. Workplace training assessment is conducted using numerous methods including practical demonstration and observation, question and answer interviews, written tasks, supervisor reports and workshops. 

To enquire or enrol please fill out the Course Enquiry Form

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Entrance Requirements
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Alcohol and drugs support worker, community worker

For information about jobs and pathways, please see


Further study opportunities:

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health, CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work

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Course Overview


One year (2 semesters)



Fees and charges

View our Indicative Fees list 

Local full time students

Course fees are made up of two components, tuition fees and resource fees.

Tuition fees are determined by multiplying the course fee rate by the nominal hours, which is the number of hours in which an average student could be expected to complete each unit. They are not the hours of training or instruction.

Resource fees are charges for material that are essential to a course or unit, and are purchased by NMT to be used by students during the course.

Fees may vary depending on the units you are enrolled in so an approximate amount has been shown. You will be given the exact amount of your fees at enrolment. Part time student fees will vary depending on the number of units you are enrolled in.

Please note, you may also need to buy textbooks or equipment for your course.


International Students

Check TAFE International WA to confirm this course is available to international students. You will pay your tuition fees to TIWA.




Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Assess co-existing needsCHCCCS004AVC74
Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCAOD004AVC82
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnershipsCHCPRP001AVB49
Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plansCHCAOD009AVC78
Provide brief interventionsCHCCCS014AVC62
Provide first aidHLTAID003WG732
Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCAOD006AVC80
Use communication to build relationshipsCHCCOM002AVC31
Work in an alcohol and other drugs contextCHCAOD001AVC85
Work legally and ethicallyCHCLEG001AVB82
Work with diverse peopleCHCDIV001AVC09
Work with people with mental health issuesCHCMHS001AVB69


Unit TitleNational IDUnit of Study
Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicideCHCCCS003AVC73
Provide recovery oriented mental health servicesCHCMHS003AVB67
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issuesCHCMHS005AVB65
Recognise and respond to crisis situationsCHCCCS019AVC58
Work with clients who are intoxicatedCHCAOD002AVC83
How to apply

Visit our Apply and Enrol page to find out how to apply for full-time, part-time or online courses.

International students please view your application process here.

For apprenticeships and traineeships, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.

For all other enquiries please call us on 1300 300 822 or email:

Please note, fees are subject to change.

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Available Semester 1
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