Community Services

CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Qualification Description

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 promotion and community interventions. Work in 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.


This qualification will provide you with a pathway to CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services, CHC53315 Diploma of Alcohol and other Drugs, and CHC62015 Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Entry Requirements

You are required to undertake a Pre-Training Review prior to enrolment to identify competencies you have previously acquired and to ascertain your suitability and appropriateness for this qualification. The Pre-Training Review is designed to ensure we can help you participate in and successfully attain your desired learning outcomes.

Mandatory requirements – There are no mandatory requirements for this qualification.

Suitability requirements – There are no suitability requirements for this qualification.

Materials, equipment and resources – You will need access to a computer with Internet.


Workplace Experience

Prior to commencing workplace experience, you must obtain a current Victorian Working with Children Check. You may also be required to provide other clearances, such as a satisfactory Police Check (within 6 months’ currency). You are required to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of workplace experience through work placement/employment in a relevant community service delivery setting. A PTA workplace deed needs to be approved by PTA before you can start workplace experience.

Qualification Structure

To successfully complete CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs you must complete the following units of competency.

Unit CodeUnit TitleC/EStreamPR/CR
1CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs contextC--
2CHCAOD004Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issuesC--
3CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issuesC--
4CHCAOD009Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plansC--
5CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needsC--
6CHCCCS014Provide brief interventionsC--
7CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationshipsC--
8CHCDIV001Work with diverse peopleC--
9CHCLEG001Work legally and ethicallyC--
10CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issuesC--
11CHCRPR001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnershipsC--
12HLTAID003Provide first aidC--
13CHCADV001Facilitate the interests and rights of clientsE--
14CHCCCS003Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicideE--
15CHCCSM004Coordinate complex case requirementsE--
16CHCMHS002Establish self-directed recovery relationshipsE--
17CHCMHS005Provide services to people with coexisting mental health and alcohol and other drugs issuesE--

LEGEND C = Core E = Elective PR = Pre-requisite CR = Co-requisite * = unit has pre-requisite/s