The Certificate IV in Disability is the recognised qualification to become a disability support worker. If you're passionate about empowerment, advocacy and inclusion, and want to extend your skills and knowledge of disability, this course is for you.
Career opportunities, include:
- disability support worker in accommodation, outreach, employment, day services
- disability development support officer
- integration aide/education support
- home care worker
- respite care worker
- community outreach worker
- individualised support worker
- various roles with the NDIS
Pathways to further study:
- disability skill sets to broaden your knowledge in specific areas e.g advocacy and case management
- diploma or bachelor level degree in a range of disability related areas
Studying the Certificate IV in Disability at Holmesglen
With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there are even greater opportunities to develop a 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, person centred planning, 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.
Your learning is complemented by 120 hours of work placement in the disability sector, throughout the duration of the course.
Group 1 Wednesday 9.30am-4pm
Group 2 Thursdays 9.30am-4pm
Training is conducted one day per week on campus with the addition of flexible online components and practical placement.
To receive this qualification the learner must complete 11 core units and three elective units.
Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from the disability sector.
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 a minimum 120 hours of work placement.
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.
||Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
||Work with diverse people
||Manage legal and ethical compliance
||Follow safe work practices for direct client care
||Use communication to build relationships
||Recognise healthy body systems
||Develop strategies to address unmet needs
||Provide individualised support
||Support relationships with carers and families
||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
||Develop and provide person-centred service responses
||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
| Code || Name |
|CHCDIS007||Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal and ethical compliance|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCCOM002||Use communication to build relationships|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|CHCCCS008||Develop strategies to address unmet needs|
|CHCCCS015||Provide individualised support|
|CHCCCS025||Support relationships with carers and families|
|CHCDIS002||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports|
|CHCDIS005||Develop and provide person-centred service responses|
|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|
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.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, students will need to undertake a mandatory placement, for which they will be required to obtain a police check and/or a Working with Children Check (if their placement involves working with children), as required by the sector (industry).
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.
Recognition of prior learning
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.
Qualification and recognition
The Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115 is recognised as the preferred qualification in the disability sector.
Connections with industry
The coordinator of this course 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.
How to apply
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.
|Tuition fees (GST exempt)
|Free TAFE eligible student||FREE|
|JobTrainer eligible student||FREE|
|Mandatory Materials and Activities fees * (GST inc)
Additional costs may also apply for course consumables and other costs. These may include consumables such as learning resources, personal protective equipment/clothing and other costs such as immunisation costs, National Police Check and Working with Children Check for relevant courses.
To view the additional costs that may apply to your course, download a full list of estimated additional costs by course (PDF - 102kb).
All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession
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