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Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs - CHC43215

effects of alcohol discussed by female counsellor
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215)

RTO No. 50293

This program is offered to people that have completed the Certificate III in Community Services Work delivered by the Mental Health Commission (or the equivalent units).

The Certificate IV training aims to:

  • Build on knowledge and skills in responding to drug and alcohol issues and related harms in Aboriginal communities.
  • Provide information on mental health issues and co-occuring disorders.

Pre-requisites: Please note, Mental Health Commission does not have the First Aid Certificate (HLTAID011) on their Scope, therefore it will be students' responsibility to complete this externally in order to be issued a full Certificate IV In Alcohol and other Drugs (CHC43215)

What to expect:

Whilst attending the training program you will have the opportunity to meet and network with other Aboriginal workers throughout the state. The Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs (CHC43215) aims to build on knowledge and skills gained in the Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015).

Completion of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs (CHC43215) will further equip you with culturally secure skills and knowledge to address AOD issues in your local communities, as well as communication skills, creation of treatment plans and other health strategies.

SSSMAP will allocate you a support staff who can assist with assessments, as well as help in report writing, file note taking, and other activities that may help you in your work in the Mental Health, Community Services and AOD industries, and to ensure our candidates are supported throughout their studies to achieve a high rate of completions.

Eligibility requirements:

  • This course is available to people of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Over the age of 16
  • Living in Western Australia
  • Ability to attend all block releases  



This course is free of charge to eligible to Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander people living in Western Australia. You may incur charges for completion of the First Aid Certificate (HLTAID011) prior to course commencement.

Regional participants: Please note travel/accommodation costs may be incurred if you are ineligible/unregistered for ABSTUDY, or do not wish to stay at the ABSTUDY approved accommodation provider.


This qualification can also be used as a pathway for further education in AOD studies/counselling through either Edith Cowan or Curtin University.  Completion in Certificate III in Community Services (CHC32015) and/or Certificate IV Alcohol and other Drugs (CHC43215) may also create further job opportunities in other Community Services that could include but are not limited to:

  • Mental Health Worker
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing Worker
  • Alcohol and other Drug Worker/Counsellor
  • Diversion Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Aboriginal Services Officer
  • Peer Support Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Aboriginal Liaison Officer


Current schedule is under review and not currently available. You can express your interest here and will be contacted closer to the date with more information

Delivery and Location:

Mental Health Commission, 1 Nash Street, Perth, WA, 6000

Please note: As part of this qualification, you are required to complete workplace learning. If you are not currently working in the industries of Mental Health, Community Services or Alcohol and Other Drugs, SSSMAP may be able to find you a placement to expand on the skills you have begun learning.

Expression of Interest

To register your interest in participating in this course please fill in the expression of interest form below and send the completed form into our email