Course Type:
Accredited Course; Free TAFE
Study Mode:
Online, Combination of Online and Campus based
11 months
Starting Date:
Not on offer in 2023
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Bairnsdale, Online, Traralgon, Warragul

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Course Overview

Are you interested in working to support people with disabilities? Then a Certificate IV in Disability can help you reach your career goals sooner and provide high-quality care to people who truly need it.

You’ll work 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, making a real different to people’s lives – what could be better than that?

And when you finish your course, the possibilities for employment are truly endless! While you’re taking the time to decide where you’d like your career to go next, you could work as a:

  • 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

Just to name a few!

Taking your career further could mean studying a Diploma of Community Services, or an Advanced Diploma of Community Sector Management.

Now it the perfect time to start your rewarding career in a growing sector by improving your skills and knowledge, and TAFE is the perfect place to make it happen.

Did you know: The Victorian Government has now made Free TAFE courses even more accessible for new students enrolling for study in 2023. 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.



Qualifications and Recognition

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

Career Opportunities

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

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory 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:

Applicants are required to have successfully completed the Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) prior.

Limitations to entry:

Limited access to technology and ability to learn via online systems.

Online requirement

Participants will need access to a computer and an Internet connection.


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



120 hours. The units that MUST be assessed in the workplace are: CHCCCS015, CHCDIS007, CHCDIS005, CHCDIS008, CHCDIS009, CHCDIS010, CHCDIS002
Placement is arranged by: Institute
To attend placement or be in the workplace, students may be required to have three COVID-19 vaccinations as determined by public health orders. Further information can be found here.

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
CHCDIS010 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIS009 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS008 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS007 Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS005 Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCCCS015 Provide individualised support
CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid


practical demonstrations, practical demonstrations in simulated work conditions, written assessment