CHC43215 – Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

12 months
Face-to-Face, Workplace Based, Blended

Course Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

  • AOD practitioner
  • Rehabilitation program worker
  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Alcohol and other drugs Support worker
  • Alcohol and other drugs community support worker
  • Alcohol and other drugs case manager

Units of Competency

In order to gain the CHC43215 – Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, comprising of:

  • Twelve (12) core units,
  • Five (5) elective units, of which:
    • at least 3 units from the electives listed on
    • up to 2 units from the electives listed on, 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.

Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
Assess co-existing needs
Provide brief interventions
Use communication to build relationships
Work with diverse people
Work legally and ethically
Work with people with mental health issues
Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
Provide first aid


Work with clients who are intoxicated
Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
Facilitate individual service planning and delivery
Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

Entry Requirements

There are no educational pre-requisites for entry into this qualification.

However, Integrity Education Group requires students to be over 18 years of age at the course commencement. Students will need to complete work-placement for this course, and therefore, must be able to obtain a satisfactory National Police check and Working With Children check.


Integrity Education Group also requires all prospective students to undertake a formal pre-training review (PTR) and language, literacy and numeracy assessment to determine the suitability and readiness of the student for the program.  During the this process, the Integrity Education Group staff will ensure the following are discussed/determined:

  • Career and educational aspirations
  • Suitability for the intended program and subsequent industry
  • Literacy and Numeracy requirements
  • Digital capability and capacity

Delivery & Assessment

To ensure we cater for all our student needs, students will have the choice of delivery methods, including:

Face to face on campus classes

Virtual (online classes)

A blend of both face to face on campus classes and virtual classes

All assessments can be completed online or in paper base format, and all practical assessments will be completed in the workplace or specially designed simulated environment.

Integrity Education Group will monitor your activities to ensure reasonable progress is being made, and our highly qualified and supportive trainers and assessors will be there to provide any additional support you may need outside of class time.

Credit Transfer

In order for us to award a credit transfer a student will need to provide us with a Statement of Attainment that listed the exact unit and code that matches the unit in the qualification they wish to credit transfer.  If the unit code or name do no match exactly then a student may wish to apply for recognition of prior learning.

Recognition of Prior Learning

In order for us to award RPL, a student need to provide sufficient evidence of prior study and/or work experience that demonstrates their skills and knowledge in unit of competency.  RPL will require students to complete a portfolio of evidence and participate in a competency conversation and practical demonstration.  RPL does incur an addition cost of up to $450 per unit.

Fees & Funding

The applicable amount of fees depends on individual circumstances at the time of enrolment e.g. whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full fee-paying place.

For more information, refer to the course fees.

Government Subsidised
Integrity Education Group is offering Government subsidised places to students under the Skills First program and the Job Trainer Initiative for eligible students. Check your eligibility

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