A formal qualification in counselling (alcohol and drugs), mental health, psychology, social work or a related field is needed to work as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. VET (Vocational Education and Training) and university are both common study pathways for Drug and Alcohol Counsellors.
Membership with The Australian Counselling Association may be useful.
Checks, licences and tickets
You may need:
- national police check
- working with vulnerable people and children check
Thinking about study or training?
Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.
- Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
- Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
- Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
- You might be interested in Community Services VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.
Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.
Useful links and resources