Certificate IV in Disability Support

Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Disability Support provides comprehensive training to individuals aspiring to work in the disability sector. This course equips students with the necessary skills and knowledge to support individuals with disabilities, focusing on person-centered care, promoting independence, and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.

Course Name: Certificate IV in Disability Support
Nationally Recognised: Yes
National Code: CHC43121
CRICOS Code: 112611H
Delivery Mode:
Face-to-face classroom delivery (3 days a week)
Course Duration: 52 Weeks 

Career Opportunities:
Disability Support/Assistant
Community Support Worker
Residential Support Worker
Disability Services Coordinator
Case Manager

Pathways to Further Studies:
Successful completion of this qualification provides a solid foundation for individuals wishing to pursue higher-level qualifications in the health and community services sector, including Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in related fields.
Entry Requirements:
Minimum 18 years of age, with Year 10 equivalent.
English levels at minimum IELTS 6 or equivalent.
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

Assessment Methodology:
Written tasks, examination, observation (real and/or simulated environments), vocational placement.


+ CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour support
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to follow established person-centred behaviour support. It encompasses understanding the impact of challenging behaviours on individuals, developing strategies to address these behaviours, implementing person-centred approaches, and working within a legal and ethical framework.

+ CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to support individuals with disabilities in participating fully in community activities and fostering their social inclusion. It involves understanding the barriers to community participation, facilitating access to community resources and services, and promoting inclusive practices.

+ CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
This unit involves the skills and knowledge required to assist individuals with disabilities in identifying their skill development needs, planning for skill enhancement, and providing ongoing support using person-centred approaches. It includes collaborating with individuals to set goals, implement strategies, and evaluate progress.

+ CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to provide person-centred services and support to individuals with complex needs within the disability sector. It involves understanding the diverse and complex needs of individuals, developing individualised support plans, and facilitating access to specialized services.

+ CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to research, interpret, and apply legal and ethical frameworks to ensure compliance within the context of the community services sector. It includes understanding legislative requirements, ethical principles, and organisational policies.

+CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
The unit CHCMHS001 focuses on equipping individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide support and assistance to people affected by mental health issues. It emphasizes understanding mental health conditions, implementing person-centred approaches, and supporting individuals towards recovery and well-being.

+HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to implement and maintain work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures, and programs in a specific workplace. It involves identifying and addressing hazards, ensuring compliance with WHS laws, and promoting a safe work environment.

+CHCDIV003 Manage and promote diversity
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to manage and promote diversity in the workplace. It includes understanding the importance of diversity, fostering an inclusive workplace culture, and implementing strategies to support and celebrate diversity.

+CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in the disability support sector. It involves understanding the diverse needs of individuals with disabilities, implementing person-centred approaches, and providing support while promoting independence and inclusion.

+CHCDIV002 Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety
This unit covers the knowledge and skills required to promote cultural safety and awareness in interactions with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. It involves recognising and respecting cultural diversity, understanding historical and contemporary issues, and promoting inclusivity and respect.

Some of the units of the competency skills must be demonstrated in the workplace.

You will be assisted in securing your vocational placement in an Approved Disability care service or facility and be mentored by a qualified experienced Disability Service Team Leader.

During vocational placement you will put into action everything you have learnt throughout your course.

The Certificate III in Individual Support and Care (CHC33021) will prepare you to become qualified as a disability support worker and will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required for this demanding but rewarding career. Career outcomes include:
⦁ Disability Support/Assistant
⦁ Community Support Worker
⦁ Residential Support Worker

Your allocated trainer and assessor will formally assess your skills, knowledge and understanding.  Assessment is competency based, this means you will be required to show / demonstrate the required competencies for the units of competency you are studying.

In order to ensure that your assessment is valid, reliable, flexible and fair, Our trainers will conduct assessment as per the assessment conditions for each unit of competency you are studying.

Assessments have the following sections Activities, Questioning, Project, and Observation which span across these different tasks.   Some of the assessment tasks are ‘stand-alone’ or they may be a combination of these methods of assessment.

There may be:

⦁ Written Tasks: Written assessments include case studies, question-answer type tasks, written reports and assignments, including reflective evaluations, self-evaluations, project work, demonstrations and class presentations.

⦁ Observation: Your trainer will observe your performance of tasks in real or simulated workplace environments.  This includes participation in role-plays, group discussions and demonstrations of practical skills and knowledge.  Students on vocational placement will be observed by a qualified professional.

⦁ Vocational Placement: Vocational placement provides the opportunity to observe professionals in your vocation, gain skills specific to your vocation, engage and interact with your community, and most importantly, to apply what you have learnt in the classroom to the ‘real-world’ vocational environment.  You will be mentored and supported by an industry professional and have a valuable opportunity to learn in a structured workplace environment.  Your teacher as well as the industry professional will both observe your ability to apply the skills, knowledge and attitudes required in workplace situations and environments.

⦁ Examination: This includes written or spoken ‘question-answer’ type tasks in an examination. 

⦁ RPL: You may already have the skills and knowledge.  For more information about Recognition of Prior Learning Student Information, please discuss with one our team.

Mixed / Blended

The formal learning takes place through a structured program of instruction through face-to-face delivery with your trainer at our campus.

You will be able to learn from your trainer and classmates as you study together through a combination of formal classroom based learning and independent study / research.

– Further support is provided at the weekly Class Tutorial Support sessions with your teacher.
– Face-to-face classroom delivery (20 hours of scheduled contact per week) and
– This includes real world experience through vocational placement for students enrolled in Individual Care qualifications

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After you submit your application, an admissions representative will contact you and will help you to complete the process.

Once you’ve completed your application and connected with an admissions representative, you’re ready to create your schedule.


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