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Key details

Duration

0.5 year/s

TThis program is delivered over a period of 6 to 12 months. The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

Locations

Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote
Not available to international students.

Course code

CHC43215

Overview

This qualification will benefit entry level workers who provide services and interventions to clients with alcohol and other drugs issues and/or implement health promotion and community interventions.
Work is undertaken in contexts such as community-based organisations, withdrawal services, residential rehabilitation services and outreach services under the guidance of other practitioners and professionals, with limited responsibility and within established parameters.

Career opportunities

Occupations relevant to this qualification in industry sectors such as Community Services include:
>Detoxification Worker
>Drug and Alcohol Community Support Worker
>Family Support Worker
>Mental Health Outreach Worker
>Case Worker (Community Services)
>Support Worker (Community Services)
>Community Rehabilitation and Support Worker
>Drug and Alcohol Worker

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Skill recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email Student.Central@cdu.edu.au.

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.

Pathways

VET to Higher Education Pathway Mapping for completed Awards in the same field or discipline.

Students who successfully complete VET qualifications at the Certificate IV level or above and subsequently enrol in a Bachelor degree in the same field or discipline, will receive advanced standing as detailed in the table below.

Completed Award Course Level
HE
VET
to a HE Award
Credit granted for a completed award in the same field
Certificate IV
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Certificate IV
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 40 credit points
Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 80 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Advanced Diploma
*
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
3 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points
Associate Degree
*
4 year Bachelor award
up to 160 credit points

Candidates who have obtained this level qualification could progress into Diploma level qualifications in Community Services or other related fields in the VET sector.

Fees

2022 indicative course fees: This course is free for eligible students who receive an NT Domestic supported place or $11,380.00 for domestic full fee places. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of units.

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Why study at CDU?

Study with the Territory's largest provider of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and gain industry-ready skills and experience. Whether you're a high school student or a working professional, we've got the courses and qualifications you want plus the support and flexibility you need to succeed.

  • Learn from expert lecturers and industry professionals
  • Access to first-class facilities
  • Recognition of prior learning to qualify faster

What will I study?

To achieve CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs a total of seventeen (17) units of competency must be completed comprising twelve (12) core and five (5) elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

Course structure

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 1138.

CodeModule/Unit of CompetencyHours
CORE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
CHCAOD001Work in an alcohol and other drugs context80
CHCAOD004Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues135
CHCAOD006Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues 70
CHCAOD009Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans75
CHCCCS004Assess co-existing needs80
CHCCCS014Provide brief interventions75
CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships55
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people40
CHCLEG001Work legally and ethically55
CHCMHS001Work with people with mental health issues80
CHCPRP001Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships80
HLTAID003Provide first aid18
 Total nominal hours for core units843
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY
CHCAOD002Work with clients who are intoxicated50
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations45
CHCDFV001Recognise and respond appropriately to domestic and family violence50
CHCEDU001Provide community focused promotion and prevention strategies60
CHCMHS005Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues90
 Total nominal hours for elective units300
 Total nominal hours for the qualification1138

 

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

There are no mandatory requirements, however candidates who wish to commence this course need to have the required skills and knowledge to undertake the qualification at this level e.g. completion of Year 10 or equivalent and a general command of spoken and written English to be able to meet industry standards for communication. A pre-assessment may be required. Access to a relevant workplace is required to complete work-based learning and assessment tasks.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

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Course details

Accreditation

This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the CHC Community Services Training Package.

Employability skills

Employability Skills are embedded in the training and assessment of national training package qualifications. Information on the Employability Skills relevant to your qualification can be obtained by visiting this website and keying in the national code for the qualification: training.gov.au

Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Alice Springs, Casuarina, Katherine, Remote

Study Mode: Online

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Additional information

Sector
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
COMMUNITY SERVICES, HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Occupation types
Community Worker
Area of study
Health and Nursing, Health, Nursing and Midwifery, Community Services and Social Work, Allied Health Sciences, Psychology

Contact details

Email:Student.Central@cdu.edu.au. Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

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