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If you’re motivated to work with people experiencing alcohol and drug dependency, this program will prepare you with the skills you need to make a difference to their lives.
This program is designed to prepare you for an entry level role in the alcohol and other drugs sector, where you will provide services and interventions to clients with drug and alcohol dependency.
The role of an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker is diverse and offers many exciting and challenging career opportunities. You’ll learn how to provide a range of services and interventions for clients with AOD and other complex care issues.
This program combines workshops, field trips and practical work experience. Your teachers are experienced and highly-skilled professionals currently working in the AOD and complex care sector.
You will also undertake formal training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), which is short accredited training embedded within the program.
Graduates are employed in a range of contexts such as community mental health and AOD organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.
An important aspect of this program is to understand the complex and interconnected nature of addiction and drug use. Learning activities are designed to consider the many and varied aspects of AOD use.
To be awarded the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs you will need to complete 17 units of competency. Twelve of the units/courses are core requirements of the national qualification. The other five have been selected as electives by the Community Services Team at RMIT in consultation with industry partners to best prepare you for the workforce.
You will learn through:
- class interaction and discussion
- presentations from specialist guest speakers who provide insight into current workplace practices
- extensive online resources
- both group and individual project work
There is support for students to develop language, literacy and numeracy skills required to succeed in the program.
Assessments are designed to prepare you for the workforce and/or further study
The program will enable you to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to workplace practices. Peer learning and networking will be fostered throughout the program through classroom discussion and the online learning system. The program also incorporates project based learning (both group and individual work).
Assessments will incorporate a range of methods to indicate student performance and ability to apply required knowledge and skills as set out by each unit of competency. Assessment methods include but are not limited to:
- research projects
- presentations by students as individuals and as part of group work
- observation of practical tasks including simulations
- knowledge tests
- written reflections
- completion and reflection on learning goals while on placement
- supervisor’s report
- personal evaluation
All programs are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is consistent with industry needs. This program maintains strong links with the community services sector through facilitation and course design, development, delivery and assessment.
Work integrated learning
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
In addition to face to face learning, students will be required to complete a 100 hour industry placement to complement what you're learning in class.
Graduates of the program may be employed as a case worker, community support worker, drug and alcohol worker, family support worker, needle & syringe program worker, outreach worker.
They may be employed in organisations such as government, non-government, and not-for profit organisations and in community programs including day programs, residential rehabilitation services, home based outreach services, detoxification services, and needle and syringe programs.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This nationally recognised vocational education qualification has been validated by the community services and health industry.
Program and course information
Explore the complex, interconnected nature of addiction and drug use.
Learn to apply strategies and interventions and support people struggling with addiction, assisting them to make positive changes in their lives.