Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs - CHC43215

VOCATIONAL

Make a difference to the lives of those struggling with addiction. 

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Not applicable
Next intake:
Not applicable
Location:
Not applicable

Overview

If you’re motivated to work with people experiencing alcohol and drug dependency, this course will prepare you with the skills you need to make a difference to their lives.

The role of an alcohol and other drugs (AOD) worker is diverse and offers many exciting and challenging career opportunities. 

This certificate is designed to prepare you for an entry-level role in the alcohol and other drugs sector, where you will provide services and interventions for clients experiencing drug and alcohol dependency.

Training in Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is short, accredited training you'll receive as part of your study.

*This is a Free TAFE priority course. Check your eligibility.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

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:

  • class 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 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:

  • research projects
  • presentations by students as individuals and as part of group work
  • observation of practical tasks including simulations
  • knowledge tests
  • role-plays
  • case-studies
  • written reflections
  • supervisor’s report
  • personal evaluation

All subjects are delivered in English.

You will have access to online resources.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

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.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this certificate and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This certificate consists of twelve core and five elective subjects.

You will study:

  • Intervention and support
  • Effective work practices 
  • Initial engagement
  • First aid
  • Co-morbidity
  • Direct service provision
  • Suicide assessment and intervention

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Program code: C4364
National curriculum code: CHC43215

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
City Campus
12 Months Full-time
C4364
Location
City Campus
Duration
12 Months Full-time
Plan code
C4364
CRICOS

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan C4364 - 3200373064

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

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:

  • government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations
  • community programs (such as day programs)
  • residential rehabilitation services
  • home-based outreach services
  • detoxification services
  • needle and syringe programs

This nationally recognised vocational education qualification has been validated by the community services and health industry.

Admissions

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.

Personal statement

All applicants must submit a personal statement outlining:

  • their reasons for wanting to study in the alcohol and other drugs sector
  • their intended career path
  • the personal strengths and attributes they will bring to the program
  • details of any work experience.

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.

Non-academic abilities you’ll need to complete this program

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:

  • understand more about the program
  • determine if you may need support during your studies
  • make an informed decision about whether the program is suitable for you

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.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

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.

Graduates of this course will be guaranteed entry into the courses below.

For more information, explore our Pathway finder, or contact Study@RMIT.

Fees

Free TAFE for priority courses

The Victorian Government is currently waiving tuition fees for this program for students who meet eligibility requirements for government subsidised places.

Visit Free TAFE for priority courses for further information on what this means and whether you may be eligible.

If you have any questions you can contact Study@RMIT.

The tuition fees below will apply if you are not receiving a Free TAFE fee waiver.

2023 fees

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.

  • 2023 government subsidised place (with concession): AU$1,000.00* per annum
  • 2023 government subsidised place: AU$5,000* per annum
  • 2023 full-fee place: AU$11,750* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

*The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) rates for 2023 have been delayed by the Australian Government. The fee information will be published when they are available.

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022*.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

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.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**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

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

You may be entitled to apply for a fee concession or exemption if you are in a Victorian Government subsidised place and you meet the eligibility criteria.

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).

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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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.