Gain a foundational understanding of issues relating to alcohol, other drugs and mental health practice

Chisholm’s unique Undergraduate Certificate (UGC) in Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) build key foundational skills to work in mental health, alcohol and drug (AOD) and other community support services.

The UGC will give you the skills you need to advance your career as a support worker and in other work roles within mental health, AOD or other community work settings.

You'll also learn about the legal and ethical frameworks that govern the fields of mental health and AOD, and how these and other developmental considerations impact across the lifespan.

This program has been designed to meet the growing workforce need in the Mental Health and AOD sectors. With direct input from stakeholders, including practitioners, academics and policy makers, the UGC offers a transition to Higher Education learning and skill development, prior to committing to a longer degree program.

Upon successful completion of the UGC, students may also use it as a pathway into the Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs and receive credit for the first semester of studies in the Bachelor degree.

This course is also an ideal micro skills addition at a tertiary level, to your Diploma or other tertiary qualifications or with relevance across a range of work settings.

Applications are welcome from both local and interstate students who meet the entry requirements. This UGC program will be delivered through weekly self-directed online learning and zoom workshops.

Further information about Chisholm's accreditation as a Higher Education provider can be found at Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Chisholm Higher Education College participates in surveys administered by Quality Indicators in Learning and Teaching (QILT).

Download the course entry requirements.

Award granted
Undergraduate Certificate
Course code
Delivery location
Not available for International students
Full Time, 6 months.
Start dates
26 February, 22 July

You will receive an Undergraduate Certificate upon successful completion

Please note: Students may be required to undertake an assessment of their literacy and numeracy as part of their application process.

Nationally Recognised Training logoChisholm is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and provides Nationally Recognised Training (NRT). This means you can be assured that our training will provide you with a qualification that is recognised and respected across Australia.

Chisholm courses are subject to minimum and maximum group numbers. Courses may be cancelled or postponed if minimum numbers are not achieved by the start date of the course. Courses may close prior to the start date if the maximum numbers are reached. In that situation, eligible applicants will be offered a place in the next available intake.