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Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs


This qualification reflects the role of entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.

You will be able to work in community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals. You are also eligible to upgrade to AIPC’s Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs, automatically receiving 10 units of credit.


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Icon-Course-Delivery Course Delivery

Online, Full-Time, Part-Time, Self-paced

Icon-Duration Duration

18 months (full time)

Icon-Units Structure

15 Units

You are able to gain entry to the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs if you have:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed Year 12, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Completed a Certificate III qualification, or
  • Icon-Small-Tick Have at least 3 years of sufficient life experience (work or study), if over 21 years of age.

The Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs is a nationally recognised training program in Australia, so you can be assured of its quality, status and integrity.
  • Icon-Small-Tick Reduced Upfront (and enjoy a substantial discount).
  • Icon-Small-Tick Fortnightly Payment Plan (take advantage of our fortnightly payment plans)
  • Icon-Small-Tick Pay via Credit Card or Direct Debit

Our Student Support Centres are located in:

  • Icon-Small-Tick Brisbane
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sunshine Coast
  • Icon-Small-Tick Gold Coast & Northern Rivers
  • Icon-Small-Tick Sydney
  • Icon-Small-Tick Melbourne
  • Icon-Small-Tick Adelaide
  • Icon-Small-Tick Perth

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Why study our Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs

Our Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs is an ideal entry-level qualification to help those wanting support with their substance issues as part of a broader support team.

0 Career ready

When you graduate you will be extremely well prepared to pursue a career in the alcohol & other drugs sector. You’ll enjoy our strong industry reputation and linkage.

1 Extremely applicable

Our program is extremely suitable for people from all sorts of backgrounds. It’s the ideal path, whether you are seeking a fresh start in a rewarding profession; or want to acquire specialised counselling skills as an adjunct or extension to your core profession.

2 Counselling education specialists

We believe you're better off learning from a specialist than a generalist. Many training providers deliver courses across a variety of industries. At AIPC, we prefer to concentrate on counselling and community services education.

3 Flexible learning

With so many demands on our time it can be difficult to fit study in around other commitments, that's why our Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs has been designed to maximise your learning from home where you can progress through your studies at your own pace.

Course Outline


[CHCAOD001] Digital Technology in Social Work

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to understand and apply information relevant to working with a client in an alcohol and other drugs context.

[CHCDIV001] Work with diverse people
[CHCDIV002] Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

In this unit, you will be guided to reflect upon gender, culture, ethnicity, subcultures, sexuality and ability, and how they are each to be valued and respected within our community and a counselling context. You will also learn to communicate effectively and respectfully with people from diverse backgrounds and situations, including people who identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders. This unit also explores the concept of cultural safety from the perspective of counselling service provision and development of community services programs.

[CHCLEG001] Work legally and ethically

This unit explores the legal and ethical frameworks in which you are required to work within. You will learn how to fulfil specific legal and ethical responsibilities as well as how to address common legal and ethical issues within your practice.

[CHCCOM002] Use communication to build relationships #

Students will learn how to use specific communication techniques to establish, build and maintain relationships with clients, colleagues and other stakeholders based on respect and trust.

[CHCCCS014] Provide brief interventions #

In this unit, you will learn about the key theoretical underpinnings of brief interventions and how to implement this to facilitate client changes. Specifically, you will learn to provide appropriate support to clients at different stages of change.

[CHCCCS017] Provide loss and grief support #

This unit specifically explores the issues of grief and loss and how counsellors can support clients through this process. You will learn some key theories and skills that will help you to understand and respond appropriately to clients experiencing grief and loss.

[CHCAOD004] Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues #
[CHCCCS004] Assess co-existing needs

Through this unit, students will learn how to conduct assessments to assess needs of new alcohol and other drugs clients. You will learn how to assess the diverse and multi-faceted needs of people and determine both internal and external services required to meet those needs.

[CHCPRP001] Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships #

This unit focuses on developing networks, service delivery and improving your professional practice.

[CHCAOD009] Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans #

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with clients to establish treatment goals, and to develop and evaluate individual treatment plans to meet these goals.

[CHCAOD006] Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues #

You will learn the skills and knowledge to confirm, conduct and monitor intervention strategies to address alcohol and other drug issues. You will also learn strategies, such as conflict resolution and mediation to managing challenging situations that often arise during the implementation of these interventions.

[CHCMHS001] Work with people with mental health issues #

This unit focuses on how to work respectfully with clients experiencing mental health concerns. You will learn about the key principles and practices in working collaboratively with a client, their support network, and other service providers, in order to best meet their needs.

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

This unit introduces you to the skills and knowledge to work together with clients with co-existing mental health and AOD issues, such as working collaboratively to develop and implement a plan of action to address their co-existing needs. You will also learn how to provide support and services to clients such that the risks they may experience are minimized and address their needs for further care, if required.

[CHCCCS019] Recognize and respond to crisis situations #

This unit focuses on working effectively with clients at risk or in crisis. Particularly, you will learn how to identify, address, and respond to various crisis situations and facilitate referrals where appropriate. You will also learn about the importance of self-care and supervision in crisis support work.

[CHCPRP003] Reflect on and improve own professional practice #

Students will learn how to evaluate their own professional development through evaluation and reflection practices.

[HLTAID011] Provide first aid

External unit

# These units require the practical demonstration of skills in a real or simulated work environment.

This qualification requires the completion of HLTAID011, Provide First Aid. Students are required to attain this through an appropriate training organisation and provide a Statement of Attainment to receive a Credit Transfer for this unit. In undertaking this unit, students will need to have the physical capacity to undertake CPR for at least two minutes kneeling on the floor.

At AIPC we have a payment method to suit every student. If you decide to pay for your course upfront you will enjoy a substantial discount, and you can concentrate on your studies without thinking about further payments. If you would prefer to spread your payments, you can take advantage of our fortnightly payment plans over 26 fortnights.

To further assist make training as accessible as possible, we separate payment for tuition (theory elements) from that of the practical course elements. Payment for the practical elements is done as they are undertaken. See full details below.

We always strive to keep tuition as affordable as possible, opening up quality education for everyone.

Reduced Upfront Payment
Fortnightly Payment**

Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs

x 26 fortnights

*Total upfront course cost is $4,110, which includes tuition of $2,990, plus 8 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid as they are undertaken. They can be completed either on-campus (via eight 1-day workshops), online (via Zoom/Skype), by uploading a video demonstration, or by having a private assessor assess your skills.

**Fortnightly payments can be made by Credit Card or Direct Debit.

For over 30-years AIPC has set the benchmark for service and support in external studies. We provide a complete external study support system that has been developed and refined over decades of research and continual student feedback.

Unlimited access to the Institutes Toll Free 1300 Study Assistance Line, 9am to 5pm EST Monday to Friday.

The structure of the Certificate IV in Alcohol & Other Drugs ensures you graduate with sufficient practical skill so you can apply your knowledge with confidence.

Regular seminars give you the opportunity to apply the theory you have learned in contemporary scenarios. They are also a great opportunity to get together with fellow students and participate in casework sessions under the guidance of a qualified Lecturer. Seminars are held regularly in most capital cities throughout Australia.

Students who may not be able to attend seminars for whatever reason, can elect to complete the practical components through alternate means, such as a one-on-one or small group session with a private assessor. We have private assessors in numerous regional areas across Australia.

Students can also complete their practical components by video recording a demonstration of their skills. We have guidelines available to assist students compile their recordings and develop effective role plays to demonstrate their skills.

Optional tutorials are available at most Student Support Centres. Tutorials provide you with support on each written subject.

  • Will assist you in understanding theory,
  • Provide you with tips on how to structure your study timetable,
  • Help you successfully compile your assignments, and
  • Give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

The Institute website is an extremely helpful study resource. Via the website you can access My.AIPC which is your link to numerous study support and e-learning functions. You can:

  • Download electronic versions of your workbooks,
  • Complete your activities and upload for marking,
  • Contact an Online Education Adviser for study assistance,
  • Access the Knowledge Base, a massive database of the most commonly asked academic questions, categorised for particular subjects, activities and concepts,
  • See when seminars are available in your area,
  • Plus much more.

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