Diploma of Alcohol & Other Drugs (CHC53215)

Qualification: Diploma
Course Code: CHC53215
Study mode: Online
Payment options: VET FEE-HELP may be available
Payment plan
Upfront payment
Duration: Self-paced; complete within 18 months
Start date: Anytime – start today!
Awarded by: OTEN - Open Training & Education Network (RTO 90004)
Course fees: Price may vary
This course meets Nationally Recognised Training standards. It is listed on the Australian government's National Register for Vocational Education and Training (VET). Studying this course leads to a qualification that's recognised throughout Australia, and lets employers know that you have the right skills for the job.

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About this course

This online Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC53215) course offered through SEEK Learning in partnership with OTEN (Open Training & Education Network) is ideal for individuals who are passionate about community services and are keen to play a vital role in the community. This course trains individuals to assist those with alcohol and other drug issues, from early intervention through to managing relapse.

You will learn how to build and maintain relationships with your client, and be trained to develop and implement a behaviour response plan that takes into account the variables in each individual's case. You will gain these skills through theory-based learning as well as a work placement component, ensuring you can enter the workforce with confidence.

Work placement

You will also have the opportunity to gain extensive practical experience by completing 240 hours of mandatory work placement at an approved agency in the field of alcohol and other drugs.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course; anyone can apply!

If you wish to access a VET FEE-HELP loan, you must:

  • Provide a copy of your Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate; OR
  • Complete a Language, Literacy & Numeracy (LLN) test

Areas of study

In this community services program, the subjects you will study include:

  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural diversity
  • CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCCOM006 - Establish and manage client relationships
  • HLTAID003 - Provide first aid
  • CHCMHS006 - Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carer
  • CHCPRT001 - Identify and respond to children and young people at risk
  • CHCCCS003 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issue
  • CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCAOD006 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD007 - Develop strategies for relapse prevention management and harm minimisation
  • CHCAOD008 - Provide advanced interventions to meet the needs of clients with AOD issues
  • CHCAOD005 - Provide alcohol and other drugs withdrawal services
  • CHCADV005 - Provide systems advocacy services
  • CHCEDU001 - Provide community focussed promotion and prevention strategies
  • CHCPRP002 - Collaborate in professional practice
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCPOL003 - Research and apply evidence to practice

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs (OCHC53215) from OTEN - Open Training & Education Network.

The program will provide you with the skills and training to make a positive difference in the community services sector. With this qualification under your belt you may work in a range of roles including as an:

  • Alcohol and drugs worker
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Community support worker

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this OTEN program, meaning you can defer payment of your course fees. If you are not eligible for VET FEE-HELP, there are two other payment options:

  • Payment plans: Eligible students may be able to pay for this course through weekly, fortnightly and monthly repayments. This flexible payment plan does not require a deposit and involves no interest for the first 12 months. After this period, students will be charged 19.95% per annum on the amount that remains to be paid.
  • Upfront payment: Pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

You may be eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the VET FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.
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As a student of OTEN through SEEK Learning, you will be periodically contacted by your teachers to discuss your education progress. Your enquiries will also receive priority attention and your assignments will be marked and returned within seven working days.

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