National code: CHC53215

Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Overview About this course

Learn specialist skills to provide counselling, referral and health promotion services to clients experiencing issues with alcohol and other drugs. Build the skills needed to work in this critical area of community service and empower people on their recovery journey.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

  • Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues

  • Use communication to build relationships

  • Provide first aid

Course Outcomes

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

  • Engage in volunteer work or project work

  • Experience in developing information sessions for potential clients

  • The confidence to develop and run programs for workplaces or projects

  • Skills to run awareness campaigns for community and specialised groups

  • Build strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

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.

Entry recommendations

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

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

  • The ability to build rapport with young people

  • The ability to respond well to rapid change and adapt to a range of new contexts

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • The ability to work independently and with others

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:

Drug and Alcohol Counsellor

Drug and Alcohol Counsellors provide support and treatment for people with drug and alcohol dependency problems, develop strategies which assist them to set goals and affect and maintain change, and provide community education. They may work in call centres.

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

    60%

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

    900 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.

    $1,280

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

    39 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.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    63% 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 1 Course

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

Further study 0 Courses

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs does not have any post-graduate courses.

Related study 0 Courses

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

The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs does not have any related courses.

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 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 22 Units of competency , including 16 core and 6 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.

  • Collaborate in professional practice CHCPRP002

  • Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management CHCAOD007

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

  • Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues CHCAOD008

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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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