The ACT AOD Qualification Strategy (QS) aims to ensure the development and maintenance of a competent and professional ATOD workforce in the ACT. It also aims to ensure that all ATOD workers in the ACT have a shared minimum knowledge and skill base.
Compliance with the QS is a performance expectation in all funding agreements between ACT Health and specialist alcohol and other drug treatment and support services.
ATODA provides full subsidies for ACT ATOD workers to undertake the four core units (or “AOD Skill Set”) from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work that are required by the Qualification Strategy.
Download the ACT AOD QS Policy.
In order to meet the Qualification Strategy requirements all specialist ACT ATOD services (funded by ACT Health) will require relevant staff to successfully complete:
1. A qualification in ATOD or addiction studies which is equivalent to, or above, the Australian Qualifications Framework Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (CHC43215).
2. A health, social, or behavioural science related tertiary (university) qualification plus the ‘Alcohol and Other Drug Skill Set’:
CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
CHCAOD004 Assess needs of clients with AOD issues
CHCAOD006 Provide interventions for people with AOD issues
CHCAOD009 Develop and review individual AOD treatment plans
3. A First Aid qualification equivalent to the following units:
HLTAID001 Provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation
HLTAID002 Provide basic emergency life support
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
The Remaining Units consist in the non-AOD content of the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD).
To complete the Remaining Units, workers must undertake 12 core and elective units from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs. Upon successful completion of the Remaining Units, each worker will be provided with a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment off all the competencies completed and a testamur at completion of the qualification (i.e. when evidence of completion of the AOD Skill Set is provided). It is expected that workers will undertake all 12 of the Remaining Units.
The units were delivered in 3-day (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday) blocks over 3 months. In total, workers undertook 9 full days of training to obtain the remaining units from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug (not including the AOD Skill Set).
- 26, 28, 29 May 2018
- 9, 11, 12 April 2018
- 30 April, 2 & 3 May 2018
The training was delivered by the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) at the CIT Bruce campus. Training fees are fully subsidised by ATODA with funding from ACT Health.
Further information: contact Julie from ATODA by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6249 6358
Applications for the AOD Skill Set Course are now open.
The Information Package contains information and application forms (for round 1, 2018) for the competency based alcohol and other drugs (AOD) training components of the ACT AOD Qualifications Strategy (Qualifications Strategy); specifically the units required to obtain the AOD Skill Set CHCSS00093 (from the Community Services Training Package).
To apply, read through the attached information package, complete the application form, including authorisation by an Executive Officer, and return the form to Julie@atoda.org.au. Applications close on Friday 29 June. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application during the following week.
Who should apply?
All workers in specialist ACT ATOD services that do not currently have an AOD focused qualification at a Certificate IV level or higher who directly provide ATOD services to clients are required to have successfully completed the AOD Skill Set Course as set out in the ACT AOD Qualification Strategy.
About the training
The training includes 12 face-to-face training days and two one-hour assessment simulations.
- CHCAOD001: Work in an AOD context – 23, 24, 25, 26 July 2018 (face-to-face training)
- CHCOAD004: Assess the needs of clients with AOD issues & CHCAOD009: Develop and review individual AOD treatment plans (Combined delivery) – 10, 11, 12, 25 Sept (face-to-face training) + 26 or 27 Sept (1h simulation assessment)
- CHCOAD006: Provide interventions for people with AOD issues – 1, 2, 13, 14 Nov (face-to-face training) + 15 or 16 Nov (1h simulation assessment)
The training will be delivered by Uniting ReGen at the ATODA offices in Ainslie. Training fees are fully subsidised by ATODA.
An information session will be held to discuss all the details regarding the AOD Skill Set Course. A representative from Uniting ReGen (Registered Training Provider – Registration No: 20956) will also be present.
Date: 1 June 2018
Venue: ATODA office, 11 Rutherford Crescent, Ainslie
- About the Qualifications Strategy
- About the AOD Skill Set Course
- ATODA’s services and participants’ roles and responsibilities
- Delivery and content covered: AOD Skill Set
- Time commitment
ATODA highly encourages all workers who intend on undertaking this course and their managers to attend this Information Session.
For more information, contact:
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
Phone: (02) 6249 6358