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CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Overview 

This qualification reflects the role of workers who work under broad supervision and guidance and provide services to clients with alcohol and other drug issues.  These workers require high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially with regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to alcohol and other drugs use and misuse.

Relevant Job Roles 
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Rehabilitation Worker
  • Case Worker (Community Services)
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Mental Health Outreach Worker
  • Mental Health Support Worker
  • Assistant Community Service Worker
  • Youth Alcohol and Other Drugs worker
Entry Requirements 

It is expected that students will have appropriate language, literacy and numeracy skills to complete the training and assessment requirements.  Prior to commencing this course, students may be asked to participate in a language, literacy and numeracy assessment.

All students must be willing to participate in mandatory work placement of a minimum of 157 hours and this will require a working with children clearance.  Students will seek their own work placements and clear guidance will be provided. 

Units of Study 

Core Units

CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services

CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues

CHCAOD007 Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management

CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues

CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs

CHCCOM006 Establish and manage client relationships

CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people

CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care

CHCPOL003 Research and apply evidence to practice

CHCPRP002 Collaborate in professional practice

CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice

HLTAID003 Provide First Aid

Elective Units

CHCAOD002 Work with clients who are intoxicated

CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships

CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

CHCAOD005 Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

CHCCSM004 Coordinate complex case requirements

CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues


Face-to-Face Schedule 

Please contact our office for course timetables at or 1300 252625.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) 

You can apply for RPL if you have the knowledge and skills gained through work, formal study, volunteering, informal or formal training, social activities or general life experiences.  If you feel that you may qualify for RPL, please contact our office for further information about the process to demonstrate your experience and knowledge. 


Course Fee $7,890.00 (This includes $400.00 non-refundable enrolment fee)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) $3,500.00

Students are responsible for the purchase of text book/s relevant to this qualification.  Payment plans are available. Alana Kaye College does not accept any more than $1,400 up front prior to commencement of the course.  This includes the $400.00 non-refundable enrolment fee.  Students can pay the remainder on the commencement of the course or in instalments during course progession. 


  • Course learning and assessment material (excluding text books)
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Certificate upon successful completion
Course Summary 

This qualification comprises 22 Units of Competency (subjects).  Units of competency can either be:

  • Core Units - units you must complete as part of the qualification, and
  • Elective Units - Alana Kaye has chosen the elective units that we know are most beneficial and relevant to the majority of our students.

The CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs has 16 core units and 6 elective units to complete this qualification.  

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