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Certificate IV in Disability


Certificate IV in Disability – CHC43115

Course Overview

Help to enrich the lives of individuals with a rewarding career as a disability support worker. By completing the Certificate IV in Disability you can make a genuine difference empowering people with a disability and enabling them to increase their independence and wellbeing.

You'll gain the valuable skills to support people with disabilities, enhancing their self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing.

You’ll also put your empathy and passion to the test in the workplace, with 120 hours of placement included in your course.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme as well as the JobTrainer initiative, for eligible students.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

We've had to make adjustments to how our courses are delivered due to the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. This means that we're currently offering a combination of delivery modes including online and flexible learning and, where we can, on-campus classes with strict social distancing in place.

Career Pathways

This course prepares you to work in the Disability Support industry in a range of roles. You may find employment as

  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Support Assistant (Schools)
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Social Educator (Disability)
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)
  • Disabilities Supervisor
  • Disability Service Officer

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Blended - Open from 12/07/2021 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 09/02/2022 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Blended - Open from 12/07/2021 - Mon & Thu - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 10/02/2022 - Mon & Thu - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wallan - High Street

Flexible Delivery - Open from 12/07/2021 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 09/02/2022 - Mon & Wed - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Wangaratta - Docker Street

CHC43115 - Traineeship

Blended - Open from 12/07/2021 - Mon & Tue - 9am to 4pm / 2021

Blended - Starts on 08/02/2022 - Mon & Tue - 9am to 4pm / 2022

Trainee - Open from1st Feb - 9am to 4pm / 2022

1. Subsidised Standard
2. Subsidised Standard (Concession)
3. Subsidised Trainee
4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession)
5. Full Fee
Course Materials
Student Services Fees (per year)

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Please note all fees and charges are correct at time of publication for 2021 and may change without notice.

Students will be invoiced for the components of the course that they are enrolled into for each year or semester.

Material fees cover costs associated with the following where applicable, and not limited to:

  • Classroom activity consumables, handouts and booklets
  • E-Learning resources and associated license access fees
  • Excursions

Additionally some courses require students to purchase or supply text books, kits, tools, uniforms and personal protection equipment. Some specific materials may be purchased through the GOTAFE Bookshop. A full list with associated costs will be provided to you at your course information session or during the pre-training review Interview.

All students are required to pay an annual Student Services Fee (SSF) of $70.00. The Student Services Fee contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF does not apply to short course participants.

Further details on fees available

Training package entry requirements

There are no training package entry requirements for this qualification.

GOTAFE preferred entry requirements

Before being accepted into the course applicants must:

  • Attend an interview
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review to document previous work experience and qualifications and assess suitability for the course
  • Complete a Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA) test to ensure the required language, literacy and numeracy levels are met for the course
  • Have a current and satisfactory Police Check
  • Have a current and satisfactory Working with Children Check
Core Units
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
Elective Units
Provide advocacy and representation services
Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
Support community participation and social inclusion
Work with people with mental health issues

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge tests/quizzes
  • Presentations
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Various written tasks

Luke Falzon

Students attend face-to-face classes one day per week and complete one day per week of online study. To achieve this qualification, students must complete at least 120 hours of practical placement.

It is important that students commit to all course requirements, including study and assessments the student may need to complete outside their normal training sessions.

Students are encouraged to attend all face-to-face sessions and participate in on-line learning where required.

If you need any further clarification of the information provided please contact one of our client service officers on 1300 468 233 who can assist you or submit an enquiry through our website now and one of the team will be in touch.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you may access a wide range of academic support services to assist you to meet the academic challenges of your course from our Learning Support Unit.

As an enrolled student at GOTAFE you will be welcome to access a variety of non-academic support services from the Student Welfare Unit. These services are designed to best support you to successfully complete your course.

Services include on campus supports and remote supports

  • Counselling
  • employment information
  • careers
  • activities etc.

Learn more about support services

Refer to the Student Handbook for information regarding Learner’s Rights Student Handbook.

Further information is provided at course induction.

Please note: Eligible individuals who wish to access a government subsidised place, must participate in a Pre-training Review. This will consider your:

  • Aspirations/career goals
  • Educational attainment and capability
  • Literacy and numeracy skills
  • Suitability for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer

Enrolment in general public entry courses will require a selection interview. Please call 1300 468 233 to enquire further.

Skills Recognition is an assessment only process that may result in credits towards a part or full qualification. There is no formal training involved, although you may choose to complete further training as a result of the assessment process.

You can apply for Skills Recognition before you enrol in the qualification you are seeking. You can apply for Skills Recognition through one or both of the following processes:

  • Credit Transfer for formal training that might be equivalent to a new qualification or partial qualification
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for people who have relevant and current skills and knowledge that they have gained through non-formal or informal learning i.e. work or life experience.

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