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Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time
Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 2
Onshore - Semester 2
Offshore - Semester 2


Casuarina campus, Online
Casuarina campus, Online

Credit points required


Course code



Our Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs provides health and allied health professionals, and non-health professionals the opportunity to study in a program that meets specific professional development needs and provides a pathway to future post-graduate studies. The course is designed to develop your understanding of contemporary issues surrounding alcohol and other drug use from social, political, health, psychological, physiological and legal perspectives. In addition, you will develop skills in assessment for substance misuse, motivational interviewing, treatment design and relapse prevention. This program delivers the latest evidence-based research through innovative subjects, to provide you with the skills necessary to navigate the complex and growing challenges faced in health and social services.

As a student you will:

  • Gain the skills to evaluate and implement current research evidence to inform your area of interest or practice
  • Engage in a diverse range of subjects
  • Expand your knowledge and gain practical skills in your area of interest or practice
  • Develop competencies for inter-professional practice required within anticipated environments which services are delivered
  • Learn via flexible online study to suit your busy schedule.

The program has been developed to meet industry demand, by giving you a comprehensive understanding of the latest policy, practice and research. The Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs encompasses an interdisciplinary, international and evidence-based approach, facilitating collaboration and networking between students from around the globe. It is intended to fit flexibly around the busy practice of professionals, providing you with the opportunity to upskill while still working.

Credit transfers and advanced standing


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU


Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

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Study Social Work with us and make a real difference to local communities, families and individuals, or in the humanitarian aid industry abroad. You'll gain knowledge and skills through placements, intensive units and theoretical knowledge, and graduate as a culturally competent specialist ready to create change.

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  • Flexibility and support to study full-time or part-time, on campus or online

What will I study?

The units in this course are designed to provide essential knowledge and skills that underscore the professional principles and practices in the alcohol and other drugs field. This course contains core studies in understanding and applying relevant legislation, policies and standards, responding to complex health and social issues and program development and delivery within the alcohol and other drugs field.

Course structure

A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit type Credit Points Specific requirements
(4 units)

Compulsory Core units totalling 40 credit points detailed below.

HSC501 Interprofessional Practice (available from 2023)
HSC502 Recovery Oriented Mental Health Practice
HSC503 Advanced Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies (available from 2023)
HSC504 Advanced Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field

  40cp Total Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Graduate Certificate AQF Level 8 course award. 
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan

Students Commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard part time load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use these as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend: CO = Core Unit


Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
    HSC502 Recovery Oriented Mental Health Practice CO
    HSC504 Advanced Counselling/Interventions in Alcohol and Other Drugs Field CO
Year 2
HSC501 Interprofessional Practice CO    
HSC503 Advanced Alcohol and Other Drugs Studies CO    


Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master s degree or equivalent international qualification in a relevant field.

Applicants without a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification, but who have a minimum of four years' professional experience in a relevant health or allied health related discipline, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must provide further documentation in the form of a curriculum vitae (CV) with their application.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic Module A minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


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Course details


This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Graduate Certificate of Alcohol and Other Drugs Practice
College of Health and Human Sciences
Area of study
Community Services and Social Work, Health, Nursing and Midwifery

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.


SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (FF)
Online (FF)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Casuarina campus

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