C5318 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

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Plan: C5318 - Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)
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: Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)
Qualification national code: CHC50412
Nominal hours: 1270
Career: TAFE
Duration: Full time 12 months duration
Location: 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 qualification applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues. 

The qualification includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services. It requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health issues and alcohol and drug use and misuse.
Occupational titles may include:

  • Alcohol and drugs worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health support worker
  • Mental health community worker 
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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. The statements below provide you with information about articulation agreements with this program.

Graduates of the RMIT Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health) are eligible for exemptions in the following programs: 

Learn more about articulation into Bachelor degrees in the RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, via this link.

You may be eligible for credit into other RMIT University programs for successfully completing this program upon application to other RMIT University programs. Please check with admissions officer of your program of choice.

Learn more about pathways or if you are eligible for credit transfer and recognition of prior learning

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Entrance requirements

Successful completion of the Certificate IV in Mental Health or the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, or a related qualification with relevant work experience, or significant relevant work experience.


Applicants applying for entry on the basis of work experience must include with their application a CV and direct applicant statement detailing their experience.

Note: Students are required to complete a Working with Children Check before going on placement.

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External accreditation and industry links

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

RMIT works closely with its industry partners to ensure that this program is consistent with industry needs. CHC50412 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol and other drugs and mental health) is a qualification that has been developed in consultation with community services industry partners to meet the needs of work place based client groups employed in community services organisations. Industry partners include alcohol and other drugs and mental health non government organisations.   Non-government organisations require the program for the development of their community services workforce.


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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 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.
For students who do access on campus facilities 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, e-journals 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
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  • 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


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