Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs


Course Length

Full time:

1 Year

Contact Hours

Full time:

2 Days a week


Subsidised Standard:


Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Full Fee:


Course Materials:


Student Services Fees (per year):




Benalla - Samaria Road

Seymour - Wallis Street

Delivery Mode

On Campus

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs is the recognised qualification to become a qualified:

  • Community Worker
  • Social Welfare Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Early Intervention Worker
  • Welfare Worker

You'll learn to provide various services to clients with drug or alcohol issues, and implement health promotion and community intervention programs.

You'll gain important transferable skills in case management and program coordination, which will make you a valuable employee in a range of Community Services organisations.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We’ve had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we’re currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Community Services industry with a specialisation in Drug and Alcohol Services. You may find employment in one of the following areas:

  • Community-based organisations
  • Withdrawal services
  • Residential rehabilitation services
  • Outreach services

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Benalla - Samaria Road

Blended - Starts on 01/02/2021 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thur & Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Seymour - Wallis Street

Blended - Starts on 02/02/2021 - Tues & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 15/07/2021 - Thur & Fri - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $7,407.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $1,476.00

3. Full Fee: $21,734.00

Course Materials: $488.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Entry Requirements

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course.
  • Hold a current and successful Working with Children Check
  • Hold a current and successful Police Check

Course Study Units

Core Units
CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD006 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS014 - Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
Elective Units
CHCCSM004 - Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCCSM005 - Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
CHCGRP002 - Plan and conduct group activities
CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCSOH001 - Work with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Oral Presentations
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Written tasks

Course Co-ordinator

Anne Cowton

Attendance & Commitment

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions, webinars and complete self-paced online learning on Moodle.

Students are required to undertake 120 hours or work placement which is organised by GOTAFE.

Where to From Here

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

Educational Support Services

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

Student Support

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Learner's Rights

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.


Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.