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Change lives for the better

For anyone wanting to have a positive impact on people engaging in harmful substance use, this entry level course is the start you’re after. The knowledge you’ll develop gives you the foundation to support individuals, implement community interventions and promote good health. You’ll learn how to harness communication skills to build relationships and cultivate networks within the sector. genU Training’s job-ready graduates can go on to work under the guidance of other practitioners in community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.

You’ll gain valuable professional experience through participating in on-campus simulated scenarios designed to reflect workplace conditions.

To be awarded CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, a student must successfully complete a total of seventeen (17) units of competency, consisting of:

  • twelve (12) core units, and;
  • five (5) elective units

genU Training delivers the electives listed in the ‘Elective units’ below. These electives have been selected based on industry needs, student pathways and/or student and trainer/assessor feedback. Alternative suitable electives are only available via Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT).

Core units

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions
CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
HLTAID011 Provide first aid

Elective units

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCDFV001 Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
CHCCCS009 Facilitate responsible behaviour
CHCCCS006 Facilitate individual service planning and delivery

Learners will be issued with a Statement of Attainment for all successfully completed units.

Simulated Assessment

To achieve this skill set a student must demonstrate skills in a virtual simulated environment designed to reflect workplace conditions. This will be done via Zoom.

When you study with genU Training, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can apply for this course now.

Study requirements

During your study, you will need to meet specific requirements that are necessary for you to complete your course work and be successful:

  • Students will need to demonstrate that they have the appropriate language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills
  • Effective communication, documentation and research skills
  • Must be able to demonstrate skills in a workplace setting or participate in simulated scenarios
  • Access to digital technologies (e.g. laptop, desktop, tablet-computer and/or smartphone) with basic digital literacy skills.

Students undertaking a blended and/or online virtual training will require the additional digital skills and technologies:

Digital literacy skills

Intermediate computer skills such as internet browsing, email, word processing, and presentation software.

Workstation setup

You will need a quiet space for study that has stable internet connection. You will also need:

  • Laptop or desktop computer
  • Web camera, microphone and speakers
  • Zoom video conferencing software.

Important information

This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that some individuals may find distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

What will you learn?

You can support people with issues around alcohol and drugs. Learning from trainers with extensive expertise in the field, you’ll graduate with a nationally recognised qualification in line with industry requirements. Go on to a rewarding career providing interventions and other services to people in need of your skills.

Where could your skills take you?

  • Rehabilitation support worker
  • Outreach worker
  • Family support worker
  • Drug and alcohol support worker
  • Case worker

What could you study next?

  • CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC40421 Certificate IV in Youth Work
  • CHC52021 Diploma of Community Services

Student tuition fees are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. In addition to tuition fees, there may also be other charges such as material or amenities fees. A genU Training staff member can help you determine your course fees. A statement of fees detailing all course charges will be provided prior to enrolment.

For full details of genU Training’s course fees please view our Fees & Charges page.

Fees – Victoria

Concession Fee (Subsidised Training) Standard Fee (Subsidised Training) Fee For Service
$AUD 0.00 $AUD 0.00 $AUD 4,328.20

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding for eligible individuals.

Fees – South Australia

Concession Fee (Subsidised Training) Standard Fee (Subsidised Training) Fee For Service
$AUD 636.50 $AUD 1,209.35 $AUD 4,328.20

This training is supported through the Government of South Australia. Eligibility criteria apply, to check your eligibility visit www.skills.sa.gov.au.

genU Training offer CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, in a variety of study modes and times:


Blended (day or night): Study with a mix of real time online instructor-led sessions via Zoom video conferencing and guided activities via the Learning Management System (eLearning). One on-campus session is required to complete HLTAID011 Provide First Aid.

1 day per week: 9:30am – 4:00pm, comprising of 3 hours via video conferencing and 3 hours guided eLearning

1 night per week: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, comprising of 3 hours via video conferencing with an additional 3 hours guided eLearning

NB: HLTAID011 Provide First Aid will be delivered on a Saturday (9:00am – 5:00pm)

NB: All study modes require students to access and undertake additional activities, including: research activities, reflections and assessments via the Learning Management System (LMS).

Time zones: Local state time zones are observed.

Please select your preferred course location and date from the list below.

Click the Apply button and complete the online application. Once we receive your application, our Customer Enquiries Team will contact you to progress your application and advise of next steps. You can find out more about the application process here.

If you need support to complete your application, we are happy to help. Simply call 1300 582 687 or contact us online. 

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (Release 3)

Course Code:

Study Mode:
Blended (day or night) via Zoom video conferencing, plus one on-campus session to complete First Aid.

Course Length
14 months

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