Our highly experienced faculty at KAL Training deliver basic comprehensive training that will equip you with a range of specialised knowledge, skills, procedures and expertise to lend a hand to individuals struggling with alcohol and drug dependency, implement health promotion and community interventions. Here you will also be taught how to provide withdrawal services, along with ethical and legal requirements of working in the alcohol and drug-related support services. Insightful learning methods including workshops and field trips are so designed by our experts to consider and comprehend the heterogeneity of alcohol and other drug abuse. Workers promote a person-centered approach, often work autonomously under the broad guidance of practitioners with limited responsibility and within defined parameters, and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

Studying this course at KAL Training will enable you to access our Health and Community Services Trainers for committed team support all through your learning journey. KAL Training works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this vocational qualification is aligned to industry needs. Our graduates of this nationally recognised Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs get job ready to interact and acquire placements with industry connections. If you have a caring and empathetic personality, want to make a positive impact in people’s lives and wish to provide valuable service to those with complex and unique needs, then stepping into this sector is the right choice for you.

Nationally Recognised


Delivery Mode
  • Classroom Based
  • Distance Learning
  • Virtual/Blended
Course Duration

52 weeks including holidays

(46 weeks of study and 6 weeks of holidays)

Entry Requirement

There are no entry requirements for this course, however students are required to undertake the Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment and Pre -Training Review. This will assist to determine candidate’s suitability and relevance for the course and identification of any support required.

Course Pathways

You will be able to work in entry-level jobs in a range of contexts such as:

  • Community mental health organisations
  • AOD organisations
  • Residential rehabilitation services
  • Outreach services
  • Withdrawal services

Example job titles include:

  • Case worker
  • Community support worker
  • Detoxification worker
  • Drug and alcohol worker
  • Family support worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Support worker
Education Pathways

What could you study next?

  • CHC40413 Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC52021 Diploma of Community Service
Funding, Eligibility and Course Fee

Students who undertake classroom-based or blended training may be eligible for Commonwealth and Victorian Government Funding(Skills First previously known as Victorian Training Guarantee). Use our easy Eligibility Checker to find out if you’re eligible for Victorian Government Funding. Funded places are limited, so be sure to make a timely application!

For more information, refer to the Course fee.

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This course has 17 units of competency:

  • 12 core units
  • 5 elective units
Unit Code Unit Name Core/Elective
HLTAID011 Provide first aid Core
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people Core
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships Core
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context Core
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues Core
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues Core
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans Core
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs Core
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions Core
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically Core
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues Core
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships core
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice Elective
CHCCCS003 Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide Elective
CHCCCS009 Facilitate Responsible Behaviour Elective
CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes Elective
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery Elective