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  • CHC53215

Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

At a glance

At a glance

Upgrade your community services career with this advanced-level course that will qualify you to become a specialised worker in the drug and alcohol sector.

JOB PROSPECTS
  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Worker
COURSE OUTCOME

CHC53215 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

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Course overview

Course overview

Take your career in community services to the next level with this advanced qualification. This course is perfect for those looking to specialise in drug and alcohol services within the health or community sector. You will get the expert communication skills you need help others in a variety of different workplace settings.

You will learn how to deal with people who are intoxicated, recognise and respond appropriately to domestic violence, and assess and promote social, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also develop the skills required to provide interventions for people with drug and alcohol abuse. Our highly-skilled teaching staff are the best in the business and will give you the guidance you need to succeed in your studies.

Successful completion of this course will qualify you to work as a specialised drug and alcohol worker in a diverse range of settings.

Units

The successful achievement of this qualification requires you to complete all core and 6 elective units from the list below.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
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 drugs 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
VPC100
Vocational placement

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

UNIT CODE UNIT NAME
CHCAOD002
Work with clients who are intoxicated
CHCCCS016
Respond to client needs
CHCCCS017
Provide loss and grief support
CHCCSM004
Coordinate complex case requirements
CHCDFV001
Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence
CHCMHS011
Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

Note: Not all electives are available at all campuses.

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Ways to study

Ways to study

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University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland
Payment options

Payment options

No matter what your circumstances, TAFE Queensland has a payment option to suit you. If you are unsure of what's right for you, get in touch. We're here to help.

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Applying for a course does not guarantee you a place in that course. Your place is only guaranteed once you enrol into units. Enrolling means that you are committing yourself to study, and to paying the associated fees. The tuition fees and applicable charges are required to be paid at enrolment or by scheduled instalment dates either by yourself, a nominated third party (e.g. your employer), or as identified within a contract for delivery of TAFE Queensland training.

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This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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If you have difficulty paying for the full cost of a course upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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Important Information
Important Information

Important Information


Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Selection criteria

Course Entry Requirements: Due to the sensitive and complex nature of the course content (mental health, addictions, crisis help etc), it is highly recommended that students are aged 17 or older by the course commencement date. Students will also need to be self-motivated and have sound English skills.

Students also need to have a relevant workplace (for example: Alcohol and Drug Setting or community service setting with a Alcohol and Other drug component (either as a paid or voluntary worker) that provides an opportunity to demonstrate their practical skills in the units being studied. 

Students who are not working (whether paid or voluntary) in a relevant workplace are required, prior to enrolment, to source 100 hours of Vocational Placement in a relative organisation. These hours must be completed during the program to acquire the qualification.

Vocational placement

If you are not currently employed or volunteering in the community services industry, during your course you will be required to complete vocational placement so you can start practising your new skills in a real-world environment. You’ll be required to work shifts determined by your placement provider, and these can include early mornings or late nights, any day of the week, including public holidays. TAFE Queensland may be able to assist in arranging suitable placements.

Completing placement is compulsory, and you will be expected to manage family and work commitments in order to complete your shifts. You are required to complete 100 hours of placement to satisfy this component of your qualification.

Resources required

No specific resources are required to successfully complete this course.

It is recommended that you have access to a reliable internet connection to access TAFE Queensland's online learning system Connect, and a computer with up-to-date software, including Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Adobe Flash Player. This equipment and software is available for use at all TAFE Queensland locations.

Need to know

First Aid: HLTAID003 is required to complete this qualification but is not delivered as part of this program. Students will need to complete this with an external provider and provide proof of completion for credit transfer. Only HLTAID003 will be accepted for this process.

Assessment Methods

Skill and knowledge assessments are an essential step in progressing through your course. You may be assessed in a number of ways while you are studying at TAFE Queensland, including observation, written assessment, questioning, portfolios, work samples, third-party feedback, and through recognition of prior learning. Read more about assessment methods.

Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.

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How to apply

How to apply

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and credit transfers


Fast track your way to a formal qualification by earning credit for the things you already know. Getting recognition for the skills you've gained from the workplace or previous learning means less study time for you, and getting the paper to prove you're qualified a whole lot sooner. We can assess your skills, directly apply credits from previous successful study, and give you advanced standing in your course.

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If you have read and understood the student rules, refund policy, understand your fees and payment options, have a Unique Student Identifier (USI) and checked you meet the entry requirements and selection criteria for this course, you're ready to get started.

University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

Learn more about university pathways
  • James Cook University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland