Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

National Code: CHC43215
TAFE SA Code: TP00827


This course is aimed at existing workers who provide a range of services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

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Up to 24 months 

Part Time

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered in Semester 1, 2020. This may result in delivery changes to your course for Semester 2, 2020. If any changes are made, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must be currently employed in an AOD work role within the AOD and/or Mental Health sectors and have been employed for a minimum of 24 months continuous employment of at least 2.5 days per week and provide evidence of this before an offer is made
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • You will be contacted by TAFE SA to verify employment status before an offer will be made. To access subsidised training you will also be required to undertake the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA).
    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Work in undertaken in contexts such as community based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals, with limited responsibility and within established parameters.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215)
    This course covers assessing client needs, treatment plans, interventions, communication, diversity, legal and ethical requirements, mental health, networks, partnerships and first aid. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 12 core units and 5 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Assess co-existing needs 80
    Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 135
    Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships 80
    Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans 75
    Provide brief interventions 75
    Provide first aid 18
    Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues 70
    Use communication to build relationships 55
    Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80
    Work legally and ethically 55
    Work with diverse people 40
    Work with people with mental health issues 80


    Name Nominal Hours
    Identify and respond to children and young people at risk 40
    Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide 110
    Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety 25
    Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues 90
    Recognise and respond to crisis situations 45
    Work with clients who are intoxicated 50
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