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Duration: 
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Blended

Applications due 31 December 2018

Overview

Gain the skills to make a real difference to people’s lives with a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs at Victoria Polytechnic.

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and experience to support people with alcohol and other drug (AOD) abuse problems. You’ll learn to provide a range of services, and implement health promotion and community interventions.

You’ll undertake 150 hours of work placement with a community-based organisation, residential rehabilitation service or outreach service. This will give you practical industry experience as well as on-the-job confidence.

When you graduate, you’ll be job ready and have specialised knowledge relevant and transferable in other fields such as mental health and youth work.

Everything you learn at Victoria Polytechnic has direct links to the real world. We have prioritised forming close partnerships with 10 key industries, and community services is one of these. You’ll learn from teachers who have valuable industry contacts and the latest industry-standard skills and knowledge.

In this certificate, you’ll consolidate your learning through 150 hours of work placement. This will give you the real-life skills that will ensure you are confident entering the workforce. Learning with us means you’ll get the hands-on learning to be job-ready when you graduate.

VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice, and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

Victoria Polytechnic, as part of Victoria University, believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We have a strong history of community engagement. We are proud of our varied cultural and community engagement projects with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and Indigenous communities. VU works to address refugee issues, tackle diversity and social inclusion issues and improve the health and social wellbeing of the region.

Studying with us means you will be learning in an environment that values and embodies the principles of community development and community empowerment.

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Careers in health and community services

The welfare and community services sector is one of Australia’s fastest growing sectors, and is expected to continue growing (JobOutlook). Studying with Victoria Polytechnic can help you get your foot in the door as an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker.

The role of an AOD worker is diverse, challenging and rewarding. You will have specialised skills to help clients get their lives back on track, and your career can make a fulfilling contribution to your community.

You will be able to work in entry-level jobs in a range of contexts such as:

  • community mental health organisations
  • AOD organisations
  • residential rehabilitation services
  • outreach services
  • withdrawal services.

Example job titles include:

  • case worker
  • community support worker
  • detoxification worker
  • drug and alcohol worker
  • family support worker
  • detoxification worker
  • outreach worker
  • support worker.

Course structure

To be awarded CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, a student must complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, consisting of:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;

  • five (5) elective units, consisting of:

  • at least three (3) units from the electives listed below, and;
  • up to two (2) units from the electives listed below or any endorsed training package or accredited course – these units must be relevant to the work outcome.

All electives chosen must contribute to a valid, industry-supported vocational outcome as well as be approved by Victoria Polytechnic.

This qualification reflects the role of entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotions 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.

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: VET

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.

If you enrol in a:

  • Government subsidised place, you’ll pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution.
  • full-fee paying place, you’ll pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).

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Scholarships & assistance

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We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory Police Record Check and Working With Children Check (WWC). Failure to provide the required documents in the timeframe specified by the Course Coordinator, means you will be unable to undertake practical placement in a workplace and therefore not eligible to progress in this course.

The following are suggested sites you could visit to obtain these checks:
• Police record check - http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?Document_ID=274
• WWC check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

You may be able to complete your qualification sooner through formal recognition of your existing skills. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

To receive RPL, we assess your previous work, education and life experiences against recognised qualifications. Applications for RPL can be made prior to enrolling.

Call us on 1300 TAFE VP (1300 823 387) to discuss RPL options with the course manager.

How to apply for this course

Prior to enrolment, all applicants will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment to assist with determining eligibility and to identify learning support needs.

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Direct applications due 31 December 2018.

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