Alcohol and Other Drugs Skill Set

Course Code CHCSS00093
Locations Warrnambool, Portland, Hamilton, Colac

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Study Mode Part-time, Online
Length 20 weeks
Commencement 18 March 2024
Timetable One evening a week (Mondays 5.30pm to 8.30pm) via a virtual classroom.
Course Overview
Introduction

Boost your skills with the Alcohol and Other Drugs Skill Set. This course is aimed at support workers who provide services to clients with alcohol and other drug issues. The skill set is suitable for people who hold a Certificate III level or higher qualification in community services or a related field. It's also ideal for people who have skills equivalent to the qualification or have had substantial industry experience. This course is currently fee free for eligible students.

What will I Learn?

This skill set will help you to gain recognition of your experience providing alcohol and other drug support in the community and health industry.

You will learn specialised skills to recognise and work effectively with clients who experience alcohol and/or other drug issues.

You will gain skills in working in an alcohol and other drugs context, assessing the needs of clients, providing interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues and developing and reviewing individual treatment plans.

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Skill Set has been endorsed by industry and is suitable for people who have (one of):

  • a relevant qualification at Certificate III level or above in community services, health, or related field
  • skills equivalent to the qualification requirement validated through recognition of prior learning
  • substantial industry experience, on the job training and development along with supervisor assessment of capacity.

Mode of delivery

One evening a week (Mondays 5.30pm to 8.30pm) via a virtual classroom*. A further one to two hours per week of independent learning on SWTAFE Online is expected.  

*Virtual classroom - a live online teaching and learning environment where teachers and students can present course materials, engage, interact, and work in groups together.

Pathways

The units in this course provide credit towards a range of qualifications in Community Services, including the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs CHC43215.

 

Information Session

Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts. 

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Course Requirements
Entrance requirements & pre-requisites

You must be aged 18 or over to be able to enrol in this course.

You must also hold one of the following:

  • A qualification at Certificate III level or higher in Community Services, Health or related field
  • Have skills equivalent to the qualification requirement validated through a recognition of prior learning process
  • Have substantial industry experience, on the job training and development along with supervisor assessment of capacity.

Units offered

Core Units

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Unit Code Unit Name Unit Hours Unit Consumables
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context 80 $0.00
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues 135 $0.00
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues 70 $0.00
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans 75 $0.00
Assessment

This course involves accredited units.  You will be required to complete assessment tasks to demonstrate your underpinning knowledge, skills and attributes to meet the course outcomes.  A combination of written, oral and practical assessment strategies will be used in either a classroom, online or workplace environment. 

Where units require demonstration of skills in a workplace environment, you will have the opportunity to do this either in your own workplace (where appropriate), through a practical placement, or by using one of the Institute's simulated workshops/classrooms.  Detailed information about the types, conduct and dates of assessments will be provided in advance.  You will also be provided with information about the opportunity for reassessment and appeal.

After applying

Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.

Complete a Pre-Training Review
You will receive an email to complete a Pre-Training Review online evaluation. This evaluation helps us tailor your training to suit your needs.

Create or provide a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
A USI is a nationally recognised reference number that provides an online record of your training qualifications gained in Australia.
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Skills recognition
If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.

Fees
Course Fees

Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.

Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements.  Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :

  1. Tuition fees - charged as an hourly rate that varies from course to course. A large portion of the tuition is subsidised by the Victorian Government for eligible students.
  2. Resource and/or materials costs - covers the cost of materials and other incidentals. This fee will vary according to the course being undertaken.
  3. Booklist items - such as textbooks, equipment and stationery recommended for your course

Tuition fees

There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances). 

  1. Government Subsidised Fee - you could be eligible for a government-subsidised rate under the Skills First funding depending on your age, educational history, and citizenship or residency status. If you are eligible, the government will contribute to the cost of your training.
    Find out more about subsidised training

  2. Government Subsidised Concession Fee - If you are eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place and hold a current healthcare or pension card, that you can provide at enrolment, you may be eligible for the concession rate. Note, the concession rate is not applicable to Diploma level courses.
    Find out more about concession rates

  3. If the course is a Free TAFE course or part of the Free TAFE Pathways Program - Eligible students will not pay course tuition fees for the duration of their enrolment in this course, however, there may be some consumable/material fees for the course (find out more below). Any resource or material costs, or booklist items for this course are listed in the table below.
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  4. Full fee - If you are not eligible for a Skills First government-subsidised place, exemption, concession or are enrolling in a course that isn't government-subsidised, you may be required to pay the full fee rate.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT FEES AND ELIGIBILITY

The fees listed below are indicative only. The course fees published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Course fee funding is made available to eligible individuals by the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect opportunities to access additional funding in the future. An accurate quote for this course will be provided during the enrolment process.

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Course fees by student type Indicative Course Fee
Government subsidised rate (if eligible) $0.00
Concession rate $0.00
Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy) $4,410.00
Resource and/or materials costs

Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.

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Additional course fees Indicative Course Fee
Course consumable/materials (approximate) $0.00
How do I pay my fees?

Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.

You have three options when organising your payment:

  1. Upfront payment - can be made over the phone with EFTPOS
  1. Payment plan - can be directly debited from your bank account, debited from your Centrelink payments or via a VET Student Loan (for diploma or advanced diploma courses only)
  1. Paid by employer, school or job network agency - if your fees are being paid by your employer, school or job network agency, you will need to complete an Authority to Invoice form.

Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.

We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.

Next Steps
How to apply

There are five simple steps to apply for a course with us.

  1. Apply - complete a short online application form. Once this form is submitted we'll send you a thank-you email.
  2. Literacy and Numeracy Assessment - we will assess whether you need to undertake a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment and email it to you if required.
    If you are not required to undertake this assessment, you will skip to step 3.
  3. Chat to our team - your teacher or course specialist will contact you to discuss the course in more detail and ensure the right units of study are selected for you.
  4. Enrol – you will be sent an email to accept your offer for the course. By accepting, you will be directed to verify your details and submit your enrolment for processing.
  5. Pay - once we’ve completed your enrolment, we will send you an invoice to arrange payment of your course fees.

If you need any assistance with applying, contact our team on 1300 648 911 or visit your nearest campus.

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Our Careers Coaches at the Skills and Jobs Centre is here to support you. Whether you’re exploring career options, transitioning from school to the workforce or looking to study after school we’re here to help you.

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