Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs


If you've got a desire to work in the community services and health sector, you could consider embarking on a career assisting those with alcohol and other drug problems.

The Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC53215) will give you the skills and knowledge to explore roles such as case worker and support worker in this field.

You will be trained in all aspects of assisting clients deal with their issues including delivering prevention programs, building relationships with clients, supporting clients through the recovery process and providing services to those with complex needs.

This course combines theory with extensive practical experience with a 240 hour work placement component that will give you plenty of on the job training.

You can take advantage of the flexible learning options that this online course provides and tailor your studies to suit your needs.

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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Career Opportunities

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards


No prerequisites for this course.
If you pay using VET FEE-HELP you need to provide a Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or complete a Language Literacy & Numeracy test.



Work placement

240 hours in total

Course length
Self-paced (e.g. 21 hrs a week = finish in 1 year, 16 hrs a week = finish in 18 months). Complete within 18 months.
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Assignments, online quizzes and workplace assignments
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OTEN – Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Payment options

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There are no entry requirements for this course. You can enrol no matter what level of education or work experience you have.

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Developing and delivering a range of relapse prevention strategies for people with AOD issues
  • Developing and implementing a behaviour response plan
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and colleagues
  • Providing services to people with complex needs
  • Supporting the recovery process

Work placement

This course includes a total of 240 hours of professional work placement at an approved agency in the field of alcohol and other drugs (or similar). You will need to arrange your own work placement.

The industry experience gives you invaluable real-life skills, so you graduate ready to step into a job.

Course structure

22 units

Cluster 1

  1. CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people

  2. CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity

Cluster 2

  1. CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context

  2. CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues

  3. CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs

  4. CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships

Cluster 3

  1. HLTAID003 - Provide first aid

Cluster 4

  1. CHCMHS006 - Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carer

  2. CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

  3. CHCCCS003 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide

Cluster 5

  1. CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans

  2. CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issue

  3. CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care

Cluster 6

  1. CHCAOD006 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues

  2. CHCAOD007 - Develop strategies for relapse prevention management and harm minimisation

  3. CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with AOD issues

  4. CHCAOD005 - Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services

Cluster 7

  1. CHCADV005 - Provide systems advocacy services

  2. CHCEDU001 - Provide community focussed promotion and prevention strategies

Cluster 8

  1. CHCPRP002 - Collaborate in professional practice

  2. CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice

  3. CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice

Support and delivery

When you study online with OTEN, you can:

  • Study from anywhere, when it suits you best.
  • Graduate with the identical qualification as an on-campus student.
  • Get comprehensive support from teachers via phone and email.
  • Access course materials online.
  • Interact with teachers and fellow students via platforms like virtual classrooms, forums and video calls.

OTEN's online courses can also be referred to as distance education. Some hard-copy course materials and assessments may be accessed or submitted via post.

Payment options

There are 3 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – VET FEE-HELP

If you are eligible, you can pay for this course through the Australian Government’s VET FEE-HELP loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. 12-month interest free payment plan

Pay for your course over time by making weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments.

This flexible payment plan requires no deposit, and you pay no interest for the first 12 months.

3. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

To understand more about payment options or find out if you’re eligible for a funding entitlement, contact a SEEK Learning Consultant.

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