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.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work with diverse people
Develop treatment plans
Assess co-existing needs
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
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
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
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.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
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.
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
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs does not have any pre-requisite courses.
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.
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.
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
On campus, online and blended study environments; at TAFE NSW your learning works with your lifestyle. Heart your favourites, compare courses and discover what works for you.