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Course Duration:
8 months
Commencing in:
  • 2024

No upcoming intakes for this course this year.
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About this course

Are you interested in working to support people with disabilities? A Certificate IV in Disability can help you reach your career goals sooner and provide high-quality care to people who truly need it.
Working closely with industry professionals as you learn to provide individualised support and foster community participation and social inclusion, you’ll improve your knowledge and skills in this rewarding industry.
If you’ve successfully completed the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability), this course is for you.

Designed for those wishing to work in a range of community settings and client homes in the disability sector, this course will give you the skills to support in a manner that empowers people living with disability to foster independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.
Learn how to work within a health and welfare disability framework in community settings and in clients’ homes, likely without direct supervision. There may be opportunities to manage or supervise staff as part of this rewarding career in a high-demand field.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2024. All Free TAFE courses at TAFE Gippsland are now available to people with higher-level qualifications and those who have completed a previous Free TAFE course and are looking to continue in their selected training pathway. Conditions and eligibility rules apply. Check out our Free TAFE information page for further details.

Career Opportunities

A range of disability roles such as disability support worker, personal care worker, lifestyle support worker or personal care assistant, support coordinator, case manager, in-home disability support worker and community support worker.
Disability Support Worker, Supervisor, Team Leader, Senior worker.
Disability Support Worker, Lifestyle Support Officer, Community Development Officer, Senior Personal Care Assistant, Behavioural Support Officer, Disability Team Leader, Disability Support Assistant (Schools), Project Officer, Day Support Disability Officer, Senior Disability Worker, Social Educator (Disability), Support Facilitator (Disability), Job coordinator, Disabilities Supervisor, Social trainer , Local Area Coordinator, Disability Service Officer.

Opportunities for Further Study

Skills or Knowledge gained

You will prioritise attending to their personal support requirements while adhering to safe work protocols. Throughout your learning journey, you will acquire a diverse set of theoretical knowledge and practical skills essential for delivering customised care in a wide array of environments. Additionally, you will develop an aptitude for effective communication, embrace the value of diversity, and familiarise yourself with legal and ethical considerations. Furthermore, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of person-centred care and gain insights into the functioning of the healthy body.
Designing person centred responses for people with disability.
Working collaboratively with people with disability, their carers and other professionals.
Demonstrating successful inclusion of people with disability in the community.
Demonstrating and understanding compliance, regulations, policies and procedures in the disability sector.
Fostering the wellbeing of people with disability, and being able to identify and respond to risk.
National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Entry Requirements

Are there specified requirements for entry into the course/qualification?: Yes

Mandatory entry requirements:

In order to undertake student placement, if the organisation is a NDIS funding you will be required to obtain a NDIS Worker Screening Check as a requirement for student placement.
Completion of: CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Completion of: CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability)
Completion of: CHC30408 Certificate III in Disability PLUS the CHCSS00125 Entry to Certificate IV in Disability Support Skill Set.

Recommended entry Requirements:

Applicants must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy test as well as a Pre-Training Review to determine whether they are suitable for this course. Applicants then must undertake an interview and also meet the below requirements:
Clear Police and Working with Children Check

Minimum Industry Requirement

  • Working with children check
  • Police check

Licensing/Regulatory Requirements

Will this course/qualification or a constituent unit provide a pathway to an industry licence or regulated outcome: No

Qualifications and Recognition - 2024

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate IV in Disability Support.

Work Placement - 2024

Does this course require placement?: Yes

120 hours is the placement.
The units that MUST be assessed in the workplace are:

Placement to be arranged by: Institute

Further Information - 2024


Fees and charges Government subsidised concession Government subsidised Full-fee paying student
Maximum full course tuition fee* (GST exempt)
Materials fee* (GST exempt)
VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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Sample course units

CHCCCS033 Identify and report abuse
CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support
CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety

The assessment for each course varies. It may include knowledge questions, practical skills tasks, projects, research work, on the job assessment, etc. Your assessor or educator will provide specific information on the requirements for your course.

You can expect that:

  • assessment methods are clear
  • assessment tasks are relevant and meet the requirements of your course
  • assessor or educator demonstrate fairness and lack of bias when assessing your work
  • educators will provide open and honest feedback about assessment tasks.