National code: CHC43215

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Overview About this course

Develop the skills needed to make a real difference in the lives of others, as they work towards their recovery journey. With the opportunity to work in a variety of community based organisations and services, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to start a rewarding and dynamic career.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Work with diverse people

  • Build relationships

  • Develop treatment plans

  • Provide interventions

  • Assess co-existing needs

Course Outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Engage in running community programs

  • A sound understanding of community health promotions and awareness campaigns

  • Exposure to drug and alcohol services (depending on your campus location)

  • Skills and knowledge to help make a difference in the lives of others

  • A pathway to Diploma-level study

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Completion requirements

During your study you’ll need to provide your teacher with the following evidence:

  • Working with Children Check (WWCC)

  • A National Police Check

  • Vaccination and health screenings

  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Worker Check

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • An enjoyment of working with people during difficult situations and circumstances

  • Empathy, patience and the ability to empower others

  • Skills in building rapport with young people

  • An ability to respond well to rapid change

  • Adaptability to work in a range of new contexts

  • Good organisational skills

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • An ability to work independently or with others

  • Complex problem-solving skills

  • Good time management skills

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future Career and Study Options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Community Worker

Community Workers facilitate community development initiatives and collective solutions within a community to address issues, needs and problems associated with recreational, health, housing, employment and other welfare matters.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    9,400 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    45 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    40 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.


  • Gender share

    80% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Strong Growth

Other jobs include: Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Rehabilitation Worker, Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker, Mental Health Outreach Worker, Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker, Outreach Officer (Alcohol and Other Drugs) and Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 0 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs does not have any pre-requisite courses.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 4 Courses

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 17 Units of competency , including 12 core and 5 speciality units.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans CHCAOD009

  • Provide brief interventions CHCCCS014

  • Provide First Aid HLTAID011

  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues CHCAOD006

TAFE NSW Services Facilities and Support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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