C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Plan: C4364 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs
Qualification national code: CHC43215
Nominal hours: 1293
Career: TAFE
Duration: 12 Months Full-time
Location: Melbourne City Campus
Owning school: Global, Urban and Social Studies (365T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/socialhumanities
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This program is designed to prepare you for work in the alcohol and other drugs sector.

The qualification reflects the role of entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and /or implement health promotion and community interventions.

Completion of the Certificate IV in  Alcohol & Other Drugs is an industry requirement in order to be employed in a non-clinical setting. You will develop the skills and knowledge to provide a range of services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

Graduates of the program may be employed in roles such 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  non-government, not-for profit, local government, Department of Health and Human Services, and in programs including day programs, residential rehabilitation services, home based outreach services, detoxification services, and needle & syringe programs.

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Articulation and pathways


For future learning pathways, learners who complete the Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs at RMIT will be able to apply for credit transfer of 8 Core units in the Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs

Credit Transfer Units:

  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCAOD004 Assess needs of client with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCMHS005 provide services to people with co-existing mental health and AOD issues
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Learners who complete the Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs at RMIT may also be eligible for some credit transfer into other diploma level qualifications in other community services programs.


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Entrance requirements

There are no minimum entry requirements.

Selection task:

You must include with your application a statement of your interest and experience.You should include details on your intended career path and the personal strengths and attributes you will bring to the program.

Note: You must have a valid Working with Children Check and Police Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

This is a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification. RMIT works closely with major Victorian community services employers to meet the needs of people who seek to enter the community services workforce. Industry partners are active participants in the selection of electives, delivery and assessment tasks through membership of the Program Advisory Committee.

The teaching staff within the program have extensive industry experience and maintain networks with industry partners.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit) or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library. Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, ejournals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content

You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance.

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at www.rmit.edu.au/students


Students who specifically require assistance with study skills can access the Study and Learning Centre (SLC): http://www1.rmit.edu.au/studyandlearningcentre 

The SLC is committed to maximising students’ learning experiences at RMIT. It offers practical advice on assignment writing and discipline-specific language and learning skills. It can also assist with specific skills students may need to succeed in this program, including any language, literacy or numeracy problems.

Students with a disability (eg legally blind) can access support from the Disability Liaison Unit (DLU): 


The Disability Liaison Unit (DLU) helps to provide students with equal opportunity in their studies in accordance with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The DLU also provides staff and students information and assistance in relation to disability related matters

Within the School of Global and Urban Studies there is a drop in centre called GUSSed in time - details can be found at the website for GUSS Skills Central: https://gussskillscentral.edu.au/

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