Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs

This qualification covers 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. Work may take place in a range of contexts such as community based organisations, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services.

This qualification:

Defines the knowledge and skills for support workers and care workers who work autonomously under the broad guidance of other practitioners and professionals in the community services and health sectors

Refers to specific knowledge of a client with alcohol and other drugs issues and to appropriate intervention processes applied in residential and community settings.

Occupational titles may include:

Case worker

Family support worker

Community support worker

Outreach worker

Detoxification worker

Support worker

Drug and alcohol worker


Subjects

PACKAGING RULES

16 units are required for award of this qualification including:

7 core units

9 elective units

A wide range of elective units is available, including:

Group A first aid electives of which one unit must be selected for this qualification

Group B electives of which one unit must be selected for this qualification

Group C electives which are recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Other relevant electives listed below

Units of competency to address workplace requirements and packaged at the level of this qualification or higher in Community Services and/or Health Training Packages

Where appropriate, to address workplace requirements, up to 3 units of competency packaged at this level or higher in other relevant Training Packages or accredited courses where the details of those courses are available on TGA or other public listing

Core units

add topic CHCAOD402B Work effectively in the alcohol and other drugs sector

add topic CHCAOD408B Assess needs of clients with alcohol and/or other drugs issues

add topic CHCAOD411A Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drug issues

add topic CHCCM404A Undertake case management for clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCOM403A Use targeted communication skills to build relationships

add topic CHCCS400C Work within a relevant legal and ethical framework

add topic CHCWHS312A Follow WHS safety procedures for direct care work

Group A first aid electives - one unit must be selected for this qualification

One of the following first aid units must be selected for this qualification. (Note: First aid skills are recommended to be assessed in conjunction with add topic CHCAOD408B and add topic CHCAOD411A - specific unit depends on jurisdiction)

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

Group B electives - one unit must be selected for this qualification

One of the following units must be selected for this qualification.

add topic CHCAOD407E Provide needle and syringe services

add topic CHCAOD409E Provide alcohol and/or other drug withdrawal services

add topic CHCCS403C Provide brief intervention

add topic CHCORG405E Maintain an effective work environment

add topic CHCPROM401C Share health information

add topic HLTIN301C Comply with infection control policies and procedures

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

The importance of culturally aware and respectful practice

All workers undertaking alcohol and other drugs work need foundation knowledge to inform their work with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and co-workers and with clients and co-workers from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. This foundation must be provided and assessed as part of a holistic approach to delivery and assessment of this qualification. Specific guidelines for assessment of this aspect of competency are provided in the Assessment Guidelines for the Community Services Training Package.

Group C electives - recommended for culturally aware and respectful practice

Where work involves a specific focus on Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander and/or culturally diverse clients or communities, one or both of the following electives is recommended:

add topic HLTHIR403C Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers

add topic HLTHIR404D Work effectively with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

Other relevant electives

Electives are to be selected in line with specified Packaging Rules. The following grouping of relevant electives is provided to facilitate selection and does not necessarily reflect workplace requirements. Electives may be selected from one or more groups. Employers may specify that certain electives are required to address specific workplace needs.

Work with people with mental health issues

add topic CHCCS514B Recognise and respond to individuals at risk

add topic CHCCS521B Assess and respond to individuals at risk of suicide

add topic CHCMH401A Work effectively in mental health settings

add topic CHCMH402B Apply understanding of mental health issues and recovery processes

add topic CHCMH403A Establish and maintain communication and relationships to support the recovery process

add topic CHCMH404B Conduct assessment and planning as part of the recovery process

add topic CHCMH405A Work collaboratively to support recovery process

add topic CHCMH408C Provide interventions to meet the needs of consumers with mental health and AOD issues

add topic CHCMH411A Work with people with mental health issues

Client needs

add topic CHCAOD406E Work with clients who are intoxicated

add topic CHCAOD407E Provide needle and syringe services

add topic CHCAOD409E Provide alcohol and/or other drug withdrawal services

add topic CHCCH522B Undertake outreach work

add topic CHCCHILD404B Support the rights and safety of children and young people

add topic CHCCM501A Coordinate complex case requirements (Note pre-requisite add topic CHCCM404A )

add topic CHCCS305C Assist clients with medication (Note pre-requisite add topic HLTAP301B )

add topic CHCCS401C Facilitate responsible behaviour

add topic CHCCS414A Provide education and support on parenting, health and well being

add topic CHCCS417B Provide support and care relating to suicide bereavement

add topic CHCCS419C Provide support services to clients

add topic CHCCS422B Respond holistically to client issues and refer appropriately

add topic CHCCS426B Provide support and care relating to loss and grief

add topic CHCCS504B Provide services to clients with complex needs

add topic CHCCS506A Promote and respond to workplace diversity

add topic CHCDIS301C Work effectively with people with a disability

add topic CHCDIS410A Facilitate community participation and inclusion

add topic CHCFAM406B Engage and resource clients to improve their interpersonal relationships

add topic CHCFAM407B Work effectively in relationship work

add topic CHCGROUP403D Plan and conduct group activities

add topic CHCGROUP408B Facilitate and review a psycho-educational group

add topic CHCGROUP410B Deliver a structured program

add topic CHCICS405B Facilitate groups for individual outcomes

add topic CHCICS406B Support client self management

add topic CHCICS407B Support positive lifestyle

add topic CHCICS408B Provide support to people with chronic disease

add topic CHCLLN403A Identify clients with language, literacy and numeracy needs and respond effectively

add topic CHCPROM503A Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies

add topic CHCRF402B Provide intervention support to children and families

add topic CHCYTH511B Work effectively with young people and their families

add topic HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Service delivery

add topic BSBINM201A Process and maintain workplace information

add topic CHCAD401D Advocate for clients

add topic CHCCD402B Develop and provide community education projects

add topic CHCCD404E Develop and implement community programs

add topic CHCCD420B Work to empower Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander communities

add topic CHCCH426B Support client participation in the organisation

add topic CHCCHILD401B Identify and respond to children and young people at risk

add topic CHCCS421B Undertake community sector work within own community

add topic CHCICS402B Facilitate individualised plans

add topic CHCNET402B Establish and maintain effective networks

add topic CHCORG405E Maintain an effective work environment

add topic CHCPROM401C Share health information

add topic CHCPROM502B Implement health promotion and community intervention

(Note jurisdictions may have specific first aid requirements)

add topic HLTFA302C Provide first aid in remote situation (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

add topic HLTFA412A Apply advanced first aid (Note pre-requisite: add topic HLTFA311A )

Financial literacy education electives

add topic CHCFLE301A Work with clients needing financial literacy education

add topic CHCFLE302A Educate clients in fundamental financial literacy skills

add topic CHCFLE303A Educate clients to understand debt and consumer credit

Settlement work electives

add topic CHCSW401A Work effectively with forced migrants

add topic CHCSW402B Undertake bicultural work with forced migrants in Australia

Outreach work

add topic CHCCH427B Work effectively with people experiencing or at risk of homelessness

add topic CHCCH522B Undertake outreach work

Oral health

add topic CHCOHC303B Use basic oral health screening tools

add topic CHCOHC401A Inform and encourage clients and groups to understand and achieve good oral health

add topic CHCOHC402A Support clients and groups to learn practical aspects of oral health care

add topic CHCOHC404A Recognise and respond to signs and symptoms that may indicate oral health issues


Pathways...

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Entry Requirements

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Licensing Information

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Employability Skills

Refer to the Topic: Introduction to the Employability Skills Qualification Summaries