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Minimum Qualifications and Core Competencies in AOD Work

Minimum Qualifications

The adoption of a minimum qualification standard can be a useful workforce development strategy as it establishes a baseline level for AOD skills and competencies, and allows for transportability of skills between jurisdictions and organisations.

Currently, there is no formal minimum qualification standard for AOD work that applies nationally. Only Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)  have introduced and minimum qualification strategy (MQS) for AOD workers.

Both the Victorian and ACT MQS require AOD workers to hold either:

  • an AOD-specific qualification equivalent to (or above) CHC40408 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work, or
  • a tertiary qualification in health, social, or behavioural science, and a minimum of four AOD core competencies from the CHC40408 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work.

The CHC40408 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work consists of 16 units of competency, 9 of which are compulsory and 7 are elective.

Core competencies

Core competencies are skill sets that are considered essential for working in a particular area. For AOD work, the four core competencies contained in the CHC40408 Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs Work that are identified as essential are:

  • CHCAOD402A
Work effectively in the AOD sector
  • CHCAOD406D
Work with clients who are intoxicated
  • CHCAOD408A
Assess needs of clients with AOD issues
  • CHCMH401A
Work effectively in mental health settings.

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NCETA Resources

EN431_2010_Pidd.jpgPidd, K., Roche, A., & Carne, A. (2010). The Role of VET in Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce Development. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University.