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Next available intakes:

July, February

Course length:

Full Time: 1 year



If you're passionate about empowerment, advocacy and inclusion and want to extend your skills and knowledge of disability, our Certificate IV in Disability is for you.

With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there are even greater opportunities to develop your rewarding career working in the disability sector.

This course is structured to provide you with the skills and knowledge in subject areas such as empowerment, inclusion, supporting positive lifestyle, advocacy, augmented and alternative communication and human development.

Your learning will be facilitated by experienced trainers with close links to the disability sector.

The course coordinator is also Vice-President of Belonging Matters Inc, a not-for-profit organisation which educates and builds capacity for people with a disability to live valued lives in the community.

Your learning is complemented by 120 hours of work placement in the disability sector, throughout the duration of the course.

This is a Free TAFE course 

Students who are eligible for Victorian Government subsidised training may not have to pay course tuition fees when they enrol in a Free TAFE course.

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Course structure

Training is conducted one day per week on campus with the addition of flexible online components and practical placement

To receive this qualification you must complete 11 core units and three elective units.

Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from the disability sector.

Some units in this course feature an online component (for example, discussion boards and quizzes).

You will be supported by your teachers to develop the necessary skills to undertake these online components.  

All students will complete 120 hours of work placement. Before you commence practical placement, you will be required to:
- provide a clear Victorian Police National Records Check (as required by Disability Agencies)
- have a current Working with Children Check card (If you are on placement with children with a disability)

Our placement officer can assist you in finding a suitable work placement.

 If you currently work or volunteer in the disability sector, you may count this work towards your work placement hours.


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards





Provide individualised support


Follow established person-centred behaviour supports


Develop and provide person-centred service responses


Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability


Facilitate community participation and social inclusion


Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach


Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs


Work with diverse people


Manage legal and ethical compliance


Recognise healthy body systems


Follow safe work practices for direct client care


Develop strategies to address unmet needs


Support relationships with carers and families


Use communication to build relationships

Code Name
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS010Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCCS008Develop strategies to address unmet needs
CHCCCS025Support relationships with carers and families
CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training you will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment and a pre-training interview.

These will assist with determining your suitability to the course, verify your training plan, and identify any learning support needs.


You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.



Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to receive the nationally accredited CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability.

The Department of Human Services recognises this certificate as the preferred qualification for direct service workers.


On completion of the Certificate IV in Disability you may choose to complete disability skill sets to broaden your knowledge in specific areas. Eg. advocacy and case management.

Or you may elect to undertake a Diploma or Bachelor level degree in a range of disability related areas.


- Worker in non-government residential services
- Disability Development Support Officer with the Department of Human Services
- Integration aide/education support
- Support worker in employment services
- Home care
- Attendant carer providing respite care or personal care to people with disabilities
- Community outreach worker
- Support worker in day and adult services
- Individualised support worker
- Advocate

How to apply


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Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.


Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.




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Government subsidised




Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire course.
These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.
Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

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Disability Open Days

Do you want to make a valuable contribution to the lives of people with a disability? Are you passionate about empowerment, advocacy, and inclusion? This session will provide you with information about the Certificate IV in Disability, the Nationally Accredited course for Disability Support Workers. You will also get information about our short course, Introduction National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and what it means to work with individuals who participate in the scheme. Visit us on Open Day to come and talk to us about how we can assist you to discover the skills and knowledge you need to become a qualified Disability Support Worker. Join us for a presentation, by our experienced trainers, highlighting course information, placement opportunities, and pathway options. The session starts promptly at 4pm.

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Holmesglen Chadstone Campus, Batesford Road Chadstone 3148 Australia

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