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CHC43215/CHC43315

Dual Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health

Unlock a world of opportunities with our Dual Certificate IV Course in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health. Gain expertise in alcohol and other drugs assistance and mental health support, ensuring job readiness and a versatile skillset for a fulfilling career in community services.

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Course Summary

Duration
Average 24-36 months
Units
25 units of competency
Upskilled's Dual Certificate IV program, is a unique course that equips you with an exceptional blend of skills in both Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health (MH) support. Beginning with the CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs, you'll cultivate the expertise to excel in a community services role dedicated to helping individuals navigate drug and alcohol challenges. This qualification primes you for a rewarding career, offering the aptitude to assist clients facing a diverse range of substance-related issues.

Upon completing the AOD component, seamlessly transition to the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health. As diagnosed mental health issues continue to rise, the demand for skilled mental health workers is paramount. This certificate empowers you to specialise in providing crucial support to clients dealing with mental health illnesses. Through practical experiences, including a work placement, you'll acquire job-ready skills to thrive in this dynamic sector.


What you'll learn

Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Component:
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of substance abuse and its impact
  • Learn effective communication strategies for supporting individuals with addiction
  • Gain skills in assessing and managing drug and alcohol-related issues
  • Implement harm reduction strategies to assist clients on their recovery journey

Mental Health (MH) Component:
  • Work collaboratively with care teams and other services
  • Apply trauma-informed care effectively
  • Assess and promote social, emotional, and physical wellbeing
  • Provide recovery-oriented mental health services
Course structure

The standard course is conducted over a 24-36 month period; within a self-paced online learning environment.

Upskilled will gather information about your previous experience and skills, weekly study commitment and online learning experience to provide you with an projected duration for your course based on your individual circumstance.

Upskilled uses MyUpskilled to manage the delivery and assessment of your course. This means you can learn at your own pace.

Please note: You'll be required to undertake the unit HLTAID011 Provide first aid with an external provider at your own cost.

Inclusions
Upskilled courses include specialised learning materials, and access to:
  • Upskilled’s fully customised online learning platform, MyUpskilled
  • Student Support Team
  • Specialist trainers
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit Transfer / Credit Transfer
Work experience or formal qualifications you have may count towards your course. If you have previously undertaken study at a recognised institution or have some relevant work experience, you might gain credit towards specific units in a course; shortening the time you have to study. You can send your application for Credit Transfer or RPL during the enrolment process.
Assessment
Upskilled takes evidence gathered from a variety of sources to deem a student as competent. Assessment processes might include some or all of the following:
  • Recognition of Prior Learning and/or credit transfer
  • summative and formative assignments
  • written reports and/or portfolio assessments
  • scenarios and/or case studies
  • projects
  • written/oral questions
  • regular training and assessment contact will be maintained by Upskilled in conjunction with the participant and their employer (where applicable). Critical dates during the program will be identified for participants to ensure compliance to assessment due dates, and attendance at monthly webinars as required.
Role-Playing and Interactive Learning Activities
This course comes with Interactive Learning Activities. Upskilled understands the importance of practical experience, so to complement the theory components of your course, our specialist trainers may run ad-hoc Interactive Learning Activities. 

You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with other students - sharing questions, thoughts and ideas, as well as participating together in interactive learning activities.

While the Interactive Learning Activities are not mandatory, your participation is encouraged. You can receive some additional benefits and support, which may include:
  • Having a study buddy where you can bounce off ideas and help each other with assessments.
  • Online Classrooms where our specialist trainers can go over learning content that's part of your course.
  • Activities that relate to your assessments, which can help boost your knowledge and skills.
Additionally, role-playing is included in some of the learning areas of this course. It will also make up some of the practical elements of your assessments, including the assessments in your work placement.


The benefits of role-playing 

Upskilled believes that you can benefit from undertaking role-playing activities throughout your studies. Not only are they fun and interactive, it gives you the opportunity to collaborate with other participants such as other students, your family, friends and or colleagues.

Below are some benefits you can experience when role-playing:
  • Improved decision-making and communication skills: Working in health and community services may involve you working in a variety of work settings. Professionals in this field are expected to make decisions and communicate effectively with clients, colleagues and stakeholders. Our role-playing assessments can help further improve your decision-making and communication skills in a community service workplace. 
  • Preparation for work placement: Role-playing is effective in helping you prepare for work placement. Before you go on work placement, you'll need to complete most of the theory components of your course. The skills and knowledge developed from your role-playing assessments are based on scenarios you may face when working in the community services industry. 
  • Develop knowledge and skills to be "work-ready": Due to the interactive nature of role-playing, it can be an opportunity to practice community service industry roles with volunteers and other students in order to enhance your knowledge and skills. Job roles within this field are "hands-on", so role-playing can prepare you for the physical nature of the work - particularly in the disability and aged care sectors.

Find out how our students actually gain employment after studying.
 

 

Course Detail

The Dual Certificate IV program in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health (MH) is tailored for those seeking to refine their critical thinking skills and cultivate a comprehensive understanding of supporting clients within the community services sector. This unique qualification offers hands-on experience in guiding individuals through drug and alcohol-related challenges, while also providing specialized capabilities in delivering essential mental health support. The program delivers a holistic skill set that effectively addresses a wide array of community needs.


About Self-Paced Learning

Upskilled wants to ensure that you get the best online learning experience, which is why we offer flexible and self-paced courses to suit your needs.

While online learning provides you with the flexibility of managing both your personal and work schedule, it's important to have a consistent approach so you don't fall behind.

We want to help you succeed, which is why all the courses delivered through Upskilled come with a training plan to help you stay on track.


Course Duration

This course is designed to be completed within 24-36 months.

There is no minimum timeframe to complete this course. Students who are highly motivated, well-organised, experienced and committed to making time to study can complete the qualification at an accelerated pace.

Please speak with one of our Education Consultants about your study and course completion goals.

Course Structure

This qualification consists of the following units of competency. All units of competency must be successfully completed to attain the qualification. The program is broken down into 2 Sections:
  • Section 1 - CHC43215 - Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Units
  • CHCDIV001 - Work with diverse people
  • CHCLEG001 - Work legally and ethically
  • CHCCOM002 - Use communication to build relationships
  • CHCPRP001 - Develop and maintain networks and collaborative partnerships
  • CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCCCS004 - Assess co-existing needs
  • CHCAOD001 - Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCAOD004 - Assess needs of clients with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCAOD009 - Develop and review individual alcohol and other drugs treatment plans
  • CHCAOD006 - Provide interventions for people with alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCCCS014 - Provide brief interventions
  • HLTAID011 - Provide first aid
  • CHCDIV002 - Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
  • CHCPRP003 - Reflect on and improve own professional practice
  • CHCMHS005 - Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues
  • CHCCCS019 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
  • HLTWHS006 - Manage personal stressors in the work environment
  • Section 2 - CHC43315 - Certificate IV in Mental Health Alcohol Units
  • HLTWHS001 - Participate in workplace health and safety
  • CHCMHS011 - Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing
  • CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
  • CHCCCS003 - Increase the safety of individuals at risk of suicide
  • CHCMHS008 - Promote and facilitate self advocacy
  • CHCMHS003 - Provide recovery oriented mental health services
  • CHCMHS002 - Establish self-directed recovery relationships
  • CHCMHS004 - Work collaboratively with the care network and other services
  • 80 hours of work placement in a suitable Counselling or Community Services environment
Completion Certificate

Entry requirements

Start date

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. To make sure you get the most out of training with us, the following enrolment process applies:

  • Once you have inquired, one of our friendly Education Consultants will contact you to ensure you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification.
  • A short language, literacy and numeracy assessment will need to be completed upon enrolment. 


To successfully complete this course, we recommend the following:

  • Have the ability to read and write in English and display numeracy skills up to a minimum level of Year 10.
  • Have access to a modern computer with high-speed internet.
  • Have access to a device with audio/video recording and playback capabilities.
  • Have basic computing skills, including the ability to make and upload short videos.

Requirements for work placement

This qualification will have you undertake work placement at a nominated host organisation approved by Upskilled.

Work placement has been specifically designed to help prepare you for potential career outcomes, giving you the opportunity to further implement and gain practical skills and valuable industry insights through a real-life workplace. 

Your work placement will commence once you have completed most of the theory components of your course. 

Here are some key requirements you should be aware of for the CHC43315 - Certificate IV in Mental Health:

  • You will need to undertake a minimum of 80 hours of work placement in a suitable Counselling or Community Services Environment.
  • It is your responsibility to source a suitable host organisation for work placement. Please note that this can take up to several weeks, so it is recommended to allocate sufficient time when sourcing host suitable organisations. 
  • If you are unable to locate a host organisation, Upskilled's Work Placement Officer can assist you in finding one. Please note that it is required to provide Upskilled with a list of host organisations who have declined your requests for work placement
  • Once you have successfully secured work placement with a host organisation, you will need to complete the Work Placement Agreement Form and submit via MyUpskilled. Please note that Upskilled must approve the Work Placement Agreement before you start your work placement. 

What happens if I'm already working in the industry?

If you are currently employed in the industry relevant to your qualification, you may be able to complete your work placement assessment requirements within your own workplace and may not need to source for a suitable host organisation. 

You will need to submit a Work Placement Agreement Form via MyUpskilled with the details of your employer and Workplace Supervisor. Please note that Upskilled must approve the Work Placement Agreement Form before you commence your work placement.

 

What clearance checks and documentation do I need for work placement?

Requirements vary from state-to-state. Please see below the required documentation and clearance checks needed by Upskilled and host organisations.

If you live in NSW, VIC, QLD, SA, NT and WA, you will need:
  • Working with Children Check
  • National Police Check
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae 
If you live in ACT and TAS, you will need:
  • Working with Vulnerable People Check
  • National Police Check
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae 
Fees may apply when obtaining some of the clearance checks. It is a mandatory requirement that you apply for the relevant checks and submit your approved checks via MyUpskilled within the first 2 months of your course start date. 

You will also need to supply your cover letter and curriculum vitae if you require assistance from Upskilled’s Work Placement Officer. 

Upskilled reserves the right to transfer you to another course which work placement is not a mandatory requirement or cancel your enrolment if you have not obtained and submitted the required clearance checks.  

 

How will I be assessed?

An Upskilled Assessor will liaise with your host organisation's Workplace Supervisor to review and validate your practical skill ability. For certain tasks, you will need to demonstrate your skills through video recordings and when necessary, through simulated activities which will be assessed by your Upskilled Assessor. 

Please note that to successfully complete the work placement component of this qualification, you will need to be reasonably fit to undertake a variety of tasks and activities that may involve manual lifting, kneeling on the floor and other physical activities.  

Find out how our students actually gain employment after studying.
 

Physical requirements

Students will need to be reasonably physically fit to undertake the work placement as the tasks and activities associated with the work placement may involve manual lifting and other physical activities.

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Career outcomes

This qualification could give you several career and/or further study outcomes. 
Career outcomes
Education pathways
This course might include a pathway to university, which are subject to change. Please speak to one of our Education Consultants for more information.

Educators

Upskilled's trainers in the CHC faculty have well-rounded skill sets and industry experience to help ensure that you're well-trained and prepared for any career challenge you experience in the community services field. 

Approaching training with empathy, compassion and openness, you'll find that our trainers in the CHC faculty will help you develop the job-ready skills needed to prepare you for a career where you can make a difference everyday.

Below are some of the examples of support you may receive in the CHC faculty:

  • Assessment walkthroughs (recorded)

  • Assessment and Academic support sessions

  • Additional resources and professional development opportunities

  • Peer support and practical practise sessions via Zoom

  • Online recorded Training facilitated by your Trainer/Assessor

FAQs

What is the Dual Certificate IV Course in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health?

The Dual Certificate IV Course in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health (MH) is a comprehensive qualification aimed at equipping individuals for impactful careers in the community services sector. This program uniquely combines expertise in assisting individuals with drug and alcohol-related concerns, alongside specialised skills to provide essential mental health support. It offers a holistic skill set tailored to address a wide spectrum of community needs.

 

How long does it take to complete the course?

The duration of the Dual Certificate IV course in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health (MH) can vary, but typically it can be completed within 24-26 months, depending on your study pace and any prior learning or experience you may have.

 

How does the program structure work?

The Dual Certificate IV program is conducted over an 24-36 month period within a self-paced online learning environment. You'll have the flexibility to progress through the program at your own pace, utilising the innovative MyUpskilled platform. This platform is designed to manage the delivery and assessment of your course, ensuring a personalised and dynamic learning experience that aligns with your individual circumstances.

 

Can I choose which qualification to start with?

The course has a sequential structure. You'll begin with the CHC43215 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs component, delving into the realm of substance abuse support. Once completed, you'll seamlessly transition to the CHC43315 Certificate IV in Mental Health, where you'll specialise in aiding those with mental health illnesses. This sequential approach ensures a comprehensive and progressive learning journey.

 

How can I enrol in the Dual Certificate IV Course in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health?

To enrol in Dual Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health course, you must first submit an enquiry form through our website. You'll be asked to provide basic information about yourself: including your name, email address, and phone number.

Once you've completed and submitted your form, one of our education consultants will get in touch within 48 hours. You will then be assessed on your suitability for the course (i.e. questions on your current experience, skill set, and knowledge). At this stage, you'll also have the opportunity to enquire on payment options, training materials, and the online learning experience.

 

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