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

Build key foundational skills to work across mental health, alcohol and drug abuse support services. Chisholm’s unique Undergraduate Certificate of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs will give you the skills you need to provide non-clinical services to specialists such as psychiatrists, nurses and social workers. You'll also learn about the legal and ethical frameworks, and how these and other developmental considerations impact across the lifespan.

This program has been designed to meet the growing need for highly trained practitioners in the field. With direct input from stakeholders in areas of mental health and AOD, the Undergraduate certificate draws from the units in the first year of Chisholm’s Bachelor degree, and has been developed in close consultation with practitioners, academics, professional bodies and policy makers at both state and federal government levels. This course is an ideal micro skills addition at a tertiary level, with relevance across a range of work settings.

If you are interested in studies in the Mental Health/AOD fields, but do not want to commit to a three year course, this Undergraduate certificate offers tertiary level learning and skills, with the awarding of an Undergraduate certificate at the successful completion of the course, and option to continue into the Bachelor studies program.

Applications are welcome from both local and interstate students that meet the entry requirements. This course will be delivered through zoom delivery and other online mediums.

Download the course entry requirements.

Award granted
Undergraduate Certificate
Course code
Delivery location
Not available for International students
Full Time, 6 months.
Start dates
February and July 2023

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.