CHC40412 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Nationally Recognised Training

This qualification covers workers who provide a range of services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions. Work may take place in a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.

This qualification:

  • Defines the 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

  • Refers to specific knowledge of a client with alcohol and other drugs issues and to appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community settings

  • Occupational titles may include:

    • Case worker
    • Community support worker
    • Detoxification worker
    • Drug and alcohol worker
    • Family support worker
    • Outreach worker
    • Support worker
    • Assessment

      Student's competency against the unit of competency specifications is assessed during each unit undertaken throughout the course. Students are provided with opportunities for re-assessment if they fail to demonstrate competency during assessment tasks.

      Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

      All students are provided with the opportunity to have their prior learning and experience assessed and recognised (Recognition of Prior Learning). Students who have successfully completed whole units of competency with another nationally recognised training provider that are identical to any of those contained within this course can apply for National Recognition.


      On successful completion of this course, students will receive:

    • CHC40412 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
    • Flexible Delivery

      The course is provided through flexible delivery of accredited training with online support in the form of manuals, learning materials and assessments as well as support via telephone, emails and forums. It is suitable for people with intermediate computer literacy. The format is similar to 'distance learning' and requires good time management skills.

      You will require the following in order to be able to undertake this course:

      Software requirements:

      • Windows - 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 OR
        Apple - OS X or later OR
        Linux - Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. Desktop Editions
      • Word processing software such as Microsoft Word or Open Office Writer
      • A web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox
      • Adobe Reader and Flash viewer (latest versions)

      Hardware requirements:

      • 1.6 GHz CPU, 1GB of memory and at least 1GB of free hard drive space
      • Video recording device such as mobile phone or video camera
      • A connection to the internet, 56Kbps or higher

      Questions about Flexible Delivery?
      Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page.

      Expected study hours per week: 6-8
      Course Duration: 15 months

      Entry Requirements

      There are no entry requirements for this course specified. However in order to work effectively in the sector candidates must be able to perform tasks requiring language, literacy and numeracy skills such as:

      • Reading case notes and reports
      • Writing case notes and reports
      • Conducting and writing assessments

      Employment / Work Placement Requirements

      Employment or volunteer work

      We recommend wherever possible that students be employed in the AOD or a related Community Sector position for the duration of the course. This ensures that course materials and assessment tasks are relevant to your work and the learning outcomes are maximised.

      Where students are not employed we recommend seeking volunteer work in an AOD service or agency such as Family Drug Help for the duration of studies.

      When this is not possible, students are required to complete a placement at an alcohol and drug agency for a total of 240 hours. This placement must be secured prior to enrolment.

      Workplace assessment

      It is a requirement of this course that students complete a minimum of 240 hours' work with an alcohol and other drug service agency during the course of their studies. Certain assessment tasks may only be assessed in workplace scenarios and confirmation of these skills is provided during the work placement. Students may not be deemed competent in the course without completing the workplace assessment requirement.

      Student Placement

      What is a practical placement?

      A practical placement is an important component of your course and allows you to prepare for the workplace by applying what you have learned in your course to the work environment. It involves more than just observing what is happening in the host workplace as you will have specific learning outcomes or activities to undertake while on the placement.

      How long is the placement?

      Odyssey House Victoria requires student placements to be the equivalent of 240 hours or approximately 31 days.

      Who should undertake practical placement?

      Students undertaking study in the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs with Odyssey House Victoria who have no recent experience of working in the community services sector with clients who have substance dependency issues.

      Course Start Date

      Courses start on the 1st of each month.

      Course Fees

      Cost: $4,725.00
      Government Funded Price: $540.00*

      *This training is provided with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding, $540.00 represents the required student contribution. Enrolments are subject to available funding.

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      Course Structure

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        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by the worker to support clients to voice their opinions or needs and to ensure their rights are upheld.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by all workers who may be working primarily with clients with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues and provides a basic introduction to values, services and approaches applied to work in this sector.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work with alcohol and/or other drug affected clients in a range of settings including night patrols, detoxification/ withdrawal units and sobering up shelters.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work as a specialist alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker who may be required to provide clean needle programs.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to assess client needs in the context of identifying options for delivery of community services to support their needs. This unit includes applying standard processes and procedures to providing a comprehensive assessment of clients' Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and other needs, developing case plans based on the assessment, and referring clients to other services as required.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide support and assistance to people going through the process of withdrawing from alcohol, tobacco or other drugs, including combinations of these.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide a range of intervention strategies to address alcohol and other drugs (AOD) issues within the scope of an individual's treatment plan.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to provide case management to clients who have already been assessed and whose needs have been identified as extending across a number of areas, such as aged care, community care, disability, mental health, drugs, alcohol or homelessness.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to apply specific workplace communication techniques to build and maintain relationships with clients and colleagues based on respect and trust.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to work within a legal and ethical framework that supports duty of care requirements.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required to identify, implement and monitor brief intervention strategies for use in a variety of community health contexts.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required in the context and across the range of settings where mental health work occurs.
        This unit describes the knowledge and skills required by workers who provide immediate and ongoing support and interventions for consumers with co-existing Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drugs issues drawing on a range of models and techniques supported by evidence.
        This unit is specifically designed to cater for safety aspects of work involving delivery of services in aged care, home and community care and disability services. The unit focuses on maintaining safety of the worker, the people being supported and other community members.
        This unit deals with the cultural awareness required for effective communication and cooperation with persons of diverse cultures.
      - HLTAID003 / HLTAID006* - Provide first aid / Provide advanced first aid

      *First Aid to be obtained from external provider.

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