Course Description

According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey, it has been estimated that alcohol costs the Australian community about $15.3 billion per year, when factors such as crime and violence, treatment costs, loss of productivity and premature death are taken into account.

Alcohol and other drugs can affect the quality of lives of many individuals. The CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs could help you plan a career in a community services role that specialises in helping people deal with their drug and alcohol issues. 

This course will give you skills to deal with clients who are facing problems with getting their lives back on track. Your work in this area would be a fulfilling contribution to your community.

This certificate will focus on the two main areas of demand in the alcohol and other drugs sector: outreach work and community work. 

Gain skills to begin a career where your specialised knowledge will be relevant and transferable across a variety of community services settings such as community services, mental health and youth work.

A work placement is part of this certificate. This is where you will work at a community service facility (or similar) to gain the real-life skills you’ll need to deal with your clients.


This course is offered by Open Colleges on behalf of Integrated Care and Management Training.​

This course involves work placement that currently needs to be undertaken in Australia. More information available in our FAQs

Potential career outcomes

  • Case Worker
  • Community Support Worker
  • Detoxification Worker
  • Drug and Alcohol Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Support Worker