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 2018-19 (Round 2) are now open.
How to apply
To apply, workers must read through the information package complete the application form on pages 8 and 9, including authorisation by a direct supervisor/Manager or Executive Director, and return to via email to email@example.com.
Applications close on Friday 5 October 2018. Applicants and their direct supervisor/Manager or Executive Director will be notified of outcome of their application during the following week.
Who can apply?
All workers in specialist ACT AOD services that do not currently have an AOD focused qualification at a Certificate IV level or higher who directly provide AOD services to clients are required to have successfully completed the AOD Skill Set, as set out in the ACT Alcohol and Other Drug Qualification Strategy.
About the training
The AOD Skill Set Course is comprised of four core, AOD specific, units from the Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drug Work. Upon successful completion of the AOD Skill Set, each worker will be provided with a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment.
The training includes 12 face-to-face training days and two one-hour assessment simulations, commencing on 24 October 2018. The full list of dates is included in the information package. The training will be delivered by Uniting ReGen. Training fees are fully subsidised by ATODA with funding from ACT Health.
Further information: Please contact Julie from ATODA by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (02) 6249 6358 if you have any questions regarding the application process.
Information Session (including teleconference facilities)
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 available for questions..
Date: 28 September 2018
Time: 11am -12pm
Venue: ATODA office, 11 Rutherford Crescent, Ainslie
For people who are unable to attend in person, please contact Julie Robert at email@example.com to obtain the teleconference details.
- 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
For more information, contact:
Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Association ACT
Phone: (02) 6249 6358