Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Code
Course Type
Accredited Course
Course Level
Skills Building
Course Location
Course Duration
Full Time: 10 months
Part Time: Available
Course Cost
For an individual quotation of fees payable, please visit your nearest campus of GippsTAFE. Click Here for further information regarding Fees and Charges.
Study Modes
Starting Date
Full Time:
  • February 2014
Depends on your chosen delivery mode

AOD&MH Department
Phone: (03) 5662 6800
Fax: 1300 094 661
Email: AODMH@gippstafe.edu.au
Post: PO Box 3279, GMC 3841

Applications can be made directly to the Institute via the online enrolment form

Course Overview

This course will equip you for employment as a case worker, drug and alcohol support worker or health education officer. 

This course can be done stand alone or as an addition to the Certificate IV in Mental Health and can provide participants with a dual award in Alcohol, Other Drugs and Mental Health qualification with additional units complete.

If you cannot enrol in the whole course, you may enrol in individual units.

Qualifications And Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Many GippsTAFE courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Employment Prospects

  • Case Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Detoxification Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Support Worker
  • Residential Rehabilitation Worker

Online Requirements

Participants must have daily access to a computer with a broadband internet connection to participate in this online course.  A broadband connection is required due to the large data transmissions needed to participate in the Elluminate (virtual classroom) and other course activities. You must also be comfortable using the internet and other applications such as Microsoft Word, Adobe and Email.  Participants will need a headset (with microphone) to attend online classes.

To gain entry into this course applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have well developed literacy skills
  • Have well developed ICT skills
  • Have ready access to broadband internet connection

Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this course, applicants are required to:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Have well developed literacy skills
  • Have well developed ICT Skills
  • Have ready access to broadband internet connection

How To Apply

Direct to Institute


Each unit is assessed individually - Assessment methods typically include case studies, Q&A, group discussions, online conferencing (virtual classroom), assignments, problem solving, projects, research activities and presentations.

Opportunities For Further Study

Course Structure

Unit Code Unit Name
Compulsory Units (7)
CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector
CHCAOD408B Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues
CHCA0D411A Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues
CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs
CHCCOM403A Use targeted communications skills to build relationships
CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework
CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work
Elective Units (9)
CHCICS305A Provide behaviour support in the context of individual plan
CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings.
HlTFA311A  Apply First Aid*
CHCA0D409E  Provide alcohol and/or other drug withdrawal services.
Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes.
Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery process.
Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process.
Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-worker.
Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.
Note: Apply First Aid (Only via Credit Transfer)