Certificate IV
in Disability (090801K)

Course Description

This qualification reflects the role of workers in a range of community services and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.

Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.


Duration 52 weeks including holidays & 120 hours
of work placement
AQF Level 4
Course Delivery Face-to-Face

Areas of Study

  • Healthcare Management
  • Community Service

Course Entry Requirements

International Students
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Completed an overseas equivalent of Year 12
  • Must meet Student Visa Requirements
  • Proficient in English International Students require either an
    • IELTS level of 5.5 or
    • TOEFL 527 (paper based) or
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) 42
  • Be able to read and comprehend course requirements
  • Have an intermediate understanding of computers and the internet to assist with conducting research and complete assessments
Domestic Students
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Satisfactorily completed Year 12 or equivalent
  • Be able to read and comprehend course requirements
  • Has completed CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
  • Have an intermediate understanding of computers and the internet to assist with conducting research and complete assessments

Work Placement

All students undertaking this qualification are required to undertake work placement as part of this qualification. Work placement provides the student the opportunity to put into practice the skills learning in the classroom. Prior to undertaking work placement all student must undertake a Working with Children’s Check and must have this in place at the commencement of work placement.

Students may also be required to undertake a National Police check depending upon the organisation’s individual requirements where they are undertaking the work placement. Additional information on work placement and work placement requirements are outlined at student orientation.

Work Placement Requirement

Immunization Form, National Police Check (less then 12 months old), Working with Children

Core units

CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Elective units

CHCCCS023 Support independence and wellbeing
HLTHPS006 Assist clients with medication
HLTAPS007 Administer and monitor medication with HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Career opportunities

Possible career opportunities relevant to this qualification include:

  • Development Officer
  • Residential Care Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant (PCA)
  • Social Educator
  • Employment Co-ordinator (disability)
  • Disability Support Officer / worker
  • Behavioural Support Officer

Pathways for Further Education

This qualification provides a pathway for students to continue their studies and enhance their skills through CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

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