Community Services Training

CHC50412 Diploma of Community Services (Alcohol, other drugs and mental health)

This qualification applies to workers providing services to clients in relation to mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues.

The qualification:

  • Includes counselling, referral, advocacy and education/health promotion services
  • Requires high level specialist knowledge, skills and competencies especially in regard to laws affecting clients, the range of services available to them and health issues related to mental health issues and alcohol and drug use and misuse


Occupational titles may include

  • Alcohol and drugs worker
  • Community rehabilitation and support worker
  • Community support worker
  • Mental health community worker
  • Mental health outreach worker
  • Mental health rehabilitation support worker
  • Mental health support worker


Entry Requirements

To gain entry into this qualification a candidate must:

1.   Be recently appointed or currently working in a community support mental health and/or alcohol and other drugs work role and have a relevant recognised higher education or vocational education qualification at Certificate IV or above


2.   Be recognised as competent, through a recognised training program or recognition process, against the core units of competency from one of the following qualifications (or equivalent):

  • CHC40512 Certificate IV in Mental Health
  • CHC40412 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs


3.   Have sufficient work experience in the relevant sector to indicate likely success at this level of qualification in a job role involving:

  • The application of knowledge with depth in some areas and demonstration of a broad range of technical and other skills
  • A wide range of tasks and roles in a variety of contexts, with complexity in the range and choices of actions required
  • The exercise of discretionary judgement and decision making under general guidance


Packaging Rules

19 units are required for award of this qualification including:

  • 19 core units



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