Alcohol and Other Drugs

Working with community members who struggle with alcohol issues or substance use issues and possibly mental health issues require specialised skill and proper training. CIT’s community service courses prepare students for working with these community members by providing knowledge of themselves and society. You will learn techniques for working with people one-on-one, in groups and a community work setting.

Discover the major addiction models, gain knowledge of basic mental health conditions, and learn practical skills for working with alcohol and drug-affected people with mental health issues.

Industry Placement

Get 200 unpaid hours of industry experience with an industry placement! This will give you the hands-on skills to be ready for employment. CIT staff can assist you in organising your placement.

(Certificate IV: 80 unpaid hours.
Diploma: 120 unpaid hours)

Why Study at CIT?

  • Hands-on industry experience
  • One of five specialised fields of study to personalise your Community Services Diploma
  • Many job opportunities in Canberra and throughout Australia
  • Course Details
    Course/s

    Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs | CHC43215
    CRICOS: 091154F


    Diploma of Community Services | CHC52015
    CRICOS: 089976G

  • Course Duration
    Duration

    TOTAL CIT PACKAGE: 2 years
    Certificate IV: 12 months Diploma: 12 months

  • Course Intake
    Intake

    Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (July) 2020

  • Course Campus
    Campus

    CIT Bruce

  • Course Fees
    Fees*

    Tuition Fees:

    2020-2021: Semester 1 - $7,250 Semester 2 - $7,250

    Extra Fees:

    Working with Vulnerable People Check: $90 approx. You may be required to purchase a shirt for placement for $30‑$40.

    Certificate IV:
    First Aid Certificate: $120 - $250

  • *Please note - Course fees are listed in $AUD and are based on a semester rate. Total course cost will vary depending on semester start date. Small fee increases happen annually in line with CIT's fee pricing review. 2019 and 2020 fees subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    Academic requirements:

    • Year 12 Certificate (or equivalent)

    Students over the age of 20 may be eligible for adult entry with relevant practical work or other professional experience. Please refer to Entry Requirements for more information.

    English requirements:

    Other requirements:

    You will need to be eligible to obtain a “Working with Vulnerable People” card to undertake placement.

  • Course Subjects - Certificate IV

    Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs | CHC43215 - 17 subjects

    Core: complete all 12 subjects

    • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
    • CHCCOM002 Use communication to build relationships
    • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    • HLTAID003 Provide first aid
    • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
    • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
    • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
    • CHCCCS004 Assess co-existing needs
    • CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients 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
    • CHCCCS014 Provide brief interventions

    Electives: Complete all 5 subjects

    • CHCCCS016 Respond to client needs
    • HLTWHS003 Maintain health and safety
    • CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
    • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
    • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • Course Subjects - Diploma

    Diploma of Community Services | CHC52015 - 16 subjects

    (Subjects completed in the Certificate III will not need to be completed again)

    Core: Complete all 8 subjects

    • CHCCOM003 Develop workplace communication strategies
    • CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
    • CHCCCS007 Develop and implement service programs
    • CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
    • CHCDEV002 Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients in community work and services
    • CHCPRP003 Reflect on and improve own professional practice
    • HLTWHS004 Manage work health and safety
    • CHCMGT005 Facilitate workplace debriefing and support processes

    Electives: Complete at least 6 of these subjects

    • CHCPRP001 Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
    • CHCGRP002 Plan and conduct group activities
    • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
    • CHCCSL001 Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
    • CHCADV005 Provide systems advocacy services
    • CHCCCS019 Recognise and respond to crisis situations
    • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management
    • CHCAOD008 Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drug issues
    • CHCMHS005 Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
    • CHCYTH012 Manage service response to young people in crisis
    • CHCPRT001 Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
    • CHCCSM005 Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

    Electives: Complete at least 2 of these subjects

    • CHCMHS010 Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity
    • CHCYTH008 Support young people to take collective action
    • CHCYTH009 Support youth programs
    • CHCMHS012 Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives
  • Likely Job Outcome

    Certificate IV: Students who successfully complete this qualification seek employment in the sector in such occupations as:
    - Case worker
    - Community support worker
    - Outreach Worker
    - Detoxification Worker
    - Drug and Alcohol Worker

    Diploma: Manager/advanced skills community welfare worker in the health and community services field - including children's services, family support, women's and men's services, residential and non-residential

  • Teaching Methods and Assessment

    Modes of study include:

    • simulated workplaces for students to practice their new skills
    • work experience or work placement
    • supervised study time with a teacher
    • on-line learning and student engagement through e-Learn

    Students must complete class work, assignments, practical components and project work throughout the course. They may then be assessed using a combination of these tasks, continuous assessment and examinations. Assessment outcomes may be based on competency, marks and grades, or a combination of all three assessment methods.

  • Pathways to Further Study

    While industry placement is not a course requirement, CIT’s connections to industry may provide opportunities for students to undertake unpaid work placements.

    Because CIT offers nationally recognised qualifications accredited by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), students can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to most universities within Australia and receive credit towards a degree, even where formal credit transfer arrangements are not in place; however, this is not a guarantee.

    We advise you speak directly with your chosen university in relation to credit transfer, entry requirements and their application process.