The Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to support people with alcohol and other drug conditions and facilitate meaningful change.
The role of an Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) worker is diverse and offers many exciting and rewarding career opportunities.
This certificate is designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in the AOD sector, providing services and interventions to clients who may be experiencing harmful effects from substance use, addiction and/or dependency.
Students learn how to provide a range of services and interventions for clients with AOD and other complex care needs.
Students study the complex and interconnected nature of addiction, dependance and substance use, and the relationship this has with mental health conditions.
This qualification has been validated by the community services and health industry.
We work closely with industry partners to ensure this certificate is aligned with their needs.
Hear from specialist guest speakers who provide insight into current workplace practices.
An important aspect of this qualification 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 subjects 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:
There is support for students to develop language, literacy and numeracy skills required to succeed in this certificate.
Assessments are designed to prepare you for the workforce and/or further study.
The curriculum will enable you to gain skills and knowledge that are directly applicable to workplace practices. Peer learning and networking will be fostered throughout the course through classroom discussion and the online learning system. There will also be 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:
All subjects are delivered in English.
You will have access to online resources.
The types of classes you have will depend on the course you’re studying. Classes are offered in various formats designed to provide meaningful engagement with staff, industry and peers and provide for access and use of spaces where learning can be applied and active, including an array of specialised equipment.
Most RMIT courses do not include passive large-scale classes such as lectures, instead the content traditionally provided in lectures is made available online. This may be in the form of readings, videos or other on-demand learning materials. This content will also support the basis of interactive learning that takes place in on-campus classes.
RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this certificate is aligned with industry needs.
This certificate maintains strong links with the community services sector through course content design, development, delivery and assessment.
This certificate consists of 12 core and five elective subjects.
You will study:
Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.
Once you graduate, you may be employed as case workers, community support workers, drug and alcohol workers, family support workers, needle and syringe program workers, and outreach workers.
Graduates are employed in a range of contexts. For example, community mental health and AOD organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.
You could work in organisations such as:
You need to satisfy all of the following academic (entry) requirements to be considered for entry into this course.
There are no minimum academic entry requirements for this program. Applicants must meet the minimum university entry requirements for this program.
All applicants must submit a personal statement outlining:
If you are applying to RMIT via VTAC you can complete and submit the VTAC personal statement via your online VTAC account.
If you are applying direct to RMIT you can upload your completed personal statement via your online direct application.
There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.
A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.
The following information outlines the tasks you will be required to undertake during professional experience placement and on-campus learning activities.
The non-academic abilities listed are provided for your information only and are not entry requirements.
If there are any activities outlined which may be difficult for you to undertake, there are a range of adjustments to your study conditions available to enable and support you to demonstrate these abilities. Please contact the Equitable Learning Service to discuss any adjustments you may require.
By understanding the types of activities you’ll participate in, you can:
If you are living with disability, long-term illness and/or a mental health condition, we can support you by making adjustments to activities in your program so that you can participate fully in your studies.
To receive learning adjustments, you need to register with Equitable Learning Service
The University considers the wellbeing and safety of all students, staff and the community to be a priority in academic and professional experience placement settings.
Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.
Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.
Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.
The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.
The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.
*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.
The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.
The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2024 is $351.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
If your application for a fee concession is approved, you will be charged 20% of the standard government subsidised tuition fee for your program. You will also be charged a lower rate on your student services and amenities fee (SSAF).
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Acknowledgement of Country
RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.