Learn about harm minimisation as you begin a rewarding career in the alcohol and other drugs sector. Support and empower a variety of clients and work in community based organisations, outreach services and residential rehabilitation services.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Work with people impacted by alcohol and other drugs
Identify issues and appropriate supports for clients
Create support plans with clients
Work with people with mental health concerns
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
A nationally accredited qualification at Certificate IV level
Work experience in the alcohol and other drugs sector
A sound understanding of best practices in the alcohol and other drugs sector
A solid foundation for a career in the alcohol and other drugs sector
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 interest in working in the alcohol and other drugs sector
Organisation and time management skills
Basic literacy and communication skills
The ability to work independently and with others
Empathy, patience and the ability to empower others
This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.
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
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