Gain the skills to make a real difference to people’s lives with a Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs CHC43215 at Victoria University 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.
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.
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Eligible students currently won’t pay tuition fees for this course.
Free TAFE courses align with skills and jobs that are in high demand from Victorian employers.
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Everything you learn at Victoria University 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.
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:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
Victoria University Polytechnic believes in inclusivity, diversity and opportunity. We have a strong history of community engagement, working with organisations in the region to develop programs that meet local needs.
These partnerships benefit the communities near each of our campuses, and benefit our students too. By contributing to local projects, we can ensure our students’ skills are well matched to opportunities in the region, and create networks for future employment.
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 University 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.
The course structure comprises the following core and elective units. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback.
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:
- three (3) units must be selected from the CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs qualification, and;
- two (2) units may be selected from the electives listed in the CHC43215 Certificate IV Alcohol and Other Drugs qualification 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 the Polytechnic.
VU Polytechnic delivers the electives listed in the ‘course structure and units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, graduate pathways and/or student and teacher feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).
- CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Units in Transition
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.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type for this course: VET
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- government subsidised place pay subsidised tuition fees (the government contributes the rest), and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee along with any material fees
- full fee-paying place pay the full fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
Find out more about:
- the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
- ways to pay your fees
- important fee dates
- how to apply for a VE/TAFE refund
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
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.
As part of the application process, applicants must complete a Pre-training Review (PTR) and undertake a literacy and numeracy (LN) assessment to determine suitability for admission and to identify support needs.
Practical placement requirements:
For employment and practical placement purposes, this vocational sector typically requires a current and satisfactory
- Police Record Check
- Working with Children Check.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
- Working with Children Check - http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/
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
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.
Before you apply
Before starting your application, please read through the step-by-step VU Polytechnic application process to make sure you have all the necessary documents and information ready to successfully complete your application.
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Credit transfer/Recognition of prior learning (RPL): If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
Apply direct to VU
Apply direct to VU using our admission centre, submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered