In a nutshell
For all support workers and care staff, or those aspiring to become one, this course will equip you with specialised knowledge in dealing with alcohol and other drug-related problems. Study the online CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs through Open Colleges and gain the transferable skills to work across a range of community services settings, including the mental health and youth work sectors.
Learn how to provide case management services, withdrawing and intervention activities and deal with mental health issues. With a focus on outreach work and community work, this course will teach you the skills to deal with clients facing drug-related health issues who are attempting to get their lives back on track.
Gain practical skills
This certificate includes a mandatory work placement of at least 120 hours, in order to acquire essential practical skills. You will be required to source your own placement with an organisation involved in the delivery of alcohol and other drug-related community services.
What you’ll need
There are no formal educational perquisites for this course.
Students are required to be at least 18 years of age.
- Entry to the course requires the successful completion of English to Year 12 level; or
- Successful completion of a Nationally Recognised Training qualification at Certificate III level or higher; or
- 3 years relevant industry experience in a role that requires the use of written documentation and communication.
- You will need access to a reliable computer and an internet connections, as well as basic computer skills.
Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual handling and other physical activities.
First Aid requirements:
The unit HLTAID003/HLTAID011 Apply first aid (or its equivalent) is not delivered by Open Colleges. This unit can be satisfied via the completion of the nationally recognised unit of competency or its equivalent offered by an approved provider. You will need to provide a certified copy of a current certificate or Statement of Attainment to be provided credit for this unit.
Mental health skills:
During work placement you will be responsible for providing support and services to individuals and families experiencing mental health issues. This may include confidential individual, family, supporting families dealing with mental health issues, working with clients who have complex needs and working with children and young people experiencing abuse. It is important that you are able to work cooperatively in a team, act with cultural sensitivity, be accepting of diversity and be non-judgemental.
In this community services course, the subjects you will study include:
- CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relationships
- CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
- CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma-informed care
- CHCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
- CHCMH005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
- CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
- CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
- CHCCCS003 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
- HLTAID003 - Provide first aid*
- CHCCCS014 - Provide brief interventions
- CHCAOD006 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
- CHCAOD002 - Work with clients who are intoxicated
- CHCAOD004 - Asses need of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
- CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
- CHCMGS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
- CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
The unit HLTAID003 Apply first aid (or its equivalent) is not delivered by Open Colleges. This unit can be satisfied via the completion of the nationally recognised unit of competency or its equivalent offered by an approved provider.
Why Open Colleges?
Open Colleges has been helping Australians realise their potential for over 125 years, and they're now one of Australia's leaders in online education. In the last decade alone, they've helped over 450,000 students gain the skills to launch, change or take the next step in their careers.
The common misconception is that studying online means that you’re studying alone, but at Open Colleges, they take great pride in the superior support provided to their students. They make it easy for you to get support when you need it with their student support team available Monday to Friday via email, phone and Live Chat and on the weekends, via Live Chat (when available). They’re here, in tandem with trainers and assessors, to make sure you’re supported the whole way through your course, from the time you enrol right through to your graduation.