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Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs


With the Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs, you will learn how to provide foundational skills and services to those who experience issues relating to alcohol & other drug use. The responsibilities are diverse in nature but generally include duties such as developing and reviewing treatment plans, advanced interventions, and counselling.

When you graduate, you will be prepared to pursue a career in areas such as Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker, Alcohol and Other Drugs Community Worker, Outreach Officer (Alcohol and Other Drugs) or Alcohol and Other Drugs Counsellor. You can also become a member of the Alcohol and Other Drugs College through the Australian Counselling Association (entry requirements apply).


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Online, Full-time, Part-time, Self-paced

Icon-Duration Duration

18 months (full time)

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20 Units

You are able to gain entry to the Diploma of Alcohol & 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 Diploma of 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 Monthly Payment Plan (take advantage of our monthly payment plans over 21 or 24 months).
  • 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 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Our Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs is the ideal path for those wanting to work in the alcohol & other drugs sector.

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


[CHCCSL001] Establish and confirm the counselling relationship #

The first unit of this diploma introduces you to the profession of counselling, its historical development as well as some of the major counselling theories and approaches which underpin it. You will also learn about a structured approach to establishing a counselling process and relationship as well as what are considered to be the key responsibilities of a counsellor.

[CHCCSL002] Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills #

This unit introduces you to a range of counselling skills and knowledge that will help you communicate effectively with clients in a counselling setting. Specifically, you will learn about microskills that will help you understand and establish rapport with clients, and specialist counselling skills for facilitating positive client outcomes.

[CHCCSL007] Support counselling clients in decision-making processes #

Counsellors often support clients to clarify their goals, explore options and develop a course of action. This unit introduces you to some key models and practices of decision-making commonly applied within the counselling process. You will also learn about some practice considerations for assisting clients in the decision-making process.

[CHCCSL003] Facilitate the counselling relationship and process #

This unit focuses on essential skills and knowledge for counsellors to support clients throughout the counselling process. This includes working collaboratively with clients to explore concerns, implement interventions, review effectiveness of counselling, and conclude the counselling process.

[CHCDIV001] Work with diverse people
[CHCDIV002] Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island 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.

[CHCMHS007] Work effectively in trauma informed care

This unit provides the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.

[CHCCOM006] Establish and manage client relationships

Through this unit, students will learn how to establish and manage professional one-to-one relationships with clients in the context of providing an ongoing health service or intervention.

[CHCADV005] Provide systems advocacy services #

Through this unit students will learn how to advocate for improvements to service delivery to enhance client outcomes.

[CHCAOD001] Work in an alcohol and other drugs context #

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.

[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.

[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 intervention for people with alcohol and other drugs issues #

This is the first of two units where 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.

[CHCAOD008] Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues #

This is the second of two units where you will learn the skills and knowledge required to design, implement and monitor ongoing therapeutic interventions to support clients with AOD issues. You will also learn factors affecting supporting specific client groups such as young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; and techniques for dealing with difficult communication situations.

[CHCAOD007] Develop strategies for alcohol and other drugs relapse prevention and management #

This unit explores how you can work collaboratively with AOD clients to develop strategies for preventing and managing relapse, as well as ways to deal effectively with potentially harmful behaviours from using AOD. You will also learn about why relapse occurs, the models of relapse prevention, and the factors and triggers that put clients in high-risk situations that may lead to a relapse.

[CHCMHS005] Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and other 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 minimised and address their needs for further care, if required.

[CHCCCS007] Develop and implement service programs

This unit provides the relevant skills and knowledge to develop programs and services to meet the needs of clients.

[CHCPOL003] Research and apply evidence to practice

This unit focuses on how AOD workers conduct research on best available information to support and improve their work practice. You will learn about identifying topic and purpose of research, sourcing credible information, analysing information within the context of AOD work, and integrating research outcomes into your practice.

[CHCPRP002] Collaborate in professional practice

This unit explores the knowledge and skills required for AOD workers to establish, implement, and evaluate a collaborative approach in service delivery, such as utilising communication, critical thinking, and problem solving skills to address complex and interrelated challenges when collaborating with others.

[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

# These units require practical demonstration of skills.

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 monthly payment plans over 21 months.

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
Monthly Payments**

Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

x 21 months

*Total upfront course cost is $6,330, which includes tuition of $4,790, plus 11 practical sessions each of $140. The practical elements are paid for as they are undertaken. They can be completed either on-campus (via seven 1-day workshops, and two 2-day workshops), online (via Zoom/Skype), by uploading a video demonstration, or by having a private assessor assess your skills.

**Monthly 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 Diploma of 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.

Two-hour mini-lecture style:

  • 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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