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.
Career opportunities, include:
- worker in non-government residential services
- disability development support officer
- 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
Pathways to further study:
- diploma or degree in a range of disability related areas.
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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Studying the Certificate IV in Disability at Holmesglen
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.
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.
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.
||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
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
| Code || Name |
|CHCCCS015||Provide individualised support|
|CHCDIS002||Follow established person-centred behaviour supports|
|CHCDIS005||Develop and provide person-centred service responses|
|CHCDIS007||Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability|
|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|
|CHCDIV001||Work with diverse people|
|CHCLEG003||Manage legal and ethical compliance|
|HLTAAP001||Recognise healthy body systems|
|HLTWHS002||Follow safe work practices for direct client care|
|CHCCCS008||Develop strategies to address unmet needs|
|CHCCCS025||Support relationships with carers and families|
|CHCCOM002||Use communication to build relationships|
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.
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
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.
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.
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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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