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Certificate IV in Disability


Certificate IV in Disability CHC43115

Course Overview

By completing Certificate IV in Disability, students can make a genuine difference in empowering people with a disability and enabling them to increase their independence and wellbeing.

Students will gain the valuable skills to support people with disabilities, enhancing their self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing in a range of community settings and clients' homes.

They will also put their empathy and passion to the test in the workplace, with 120 hours of placement included in the course.

This course is currently available as part of the Free TAFE scheme but is subject to eligibility requirements and may change in the future.

Please note: the information on this page is relevant for 2023 enrolments.

Studying during COVID-19 Restrictions

During COVID‐19 lockdown periods, this course will have the majority of the training delivered using online methods of teaching and communication while students engage from home with their trainers. Any required practical components of the course will be moved to a more appropriate time later in the year.

Career Pathways

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

  • Behavioural support officer
  • Development officer
  • Project officer (life enhancement team)
  • Disability officer - day support
  • Residential care officer
  • Disability support officer / worker
  • Senior personal care assistant
  • Employment coordinator (disability)
  • Social educator
  • Job coordinator
  • Lifestyle support officer - special school

Working in this industry may involve supervision and/or coordination of workers, shift and weekend work.

It is a Community & Disability Services Industry/work requirement for staff to have the following

  • National Police Check for workers
  • WWWC (Working with Children’s Check for workers)
  • NDIS Credentials (NDIS Screening)

Further Study

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

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

Public - Blended FT - Starts on 31st Jan - 2 days week (Tue-Wed) - 9am-4pm /2023

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Public - Blended FT - Starts on 31st Jan - 2 days week (Tue-Thu) - 9am-4pm /2023

Wallan - High Street

Public - Blended FT - Starts on 31st Jan - 2 days week (Tue-Wed) - 9am-4pm /2023

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Public - Blended FT - Starts on 30th Jan - 2 days week (Mon-Wed) - 9am-4pm /2023

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

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.

Please note that the fees on this webpage, for this particular course:

  • are correct at the time of publishing for those enrolling in 2023 and may change without notice.
  • will be discussed with applications as part of the application process to ensure it is understood what is being paid for and which fee rates they may be eligible for.

Course Fees consist of three different components:

  1. Student Tuition Fee - cover the costs of training and assessment. These fees vary across courses and are calculated based on a rate per nominal hour enrolled in. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Circumstances may include:
    a) an individual’s eligibility for Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    b) an individual’s eligibility for concession rates on Victorian (Skills First) and Commonwealth government-funded training
    c) ineligible individuals who are required to pay the full fees for tuition and other costs
  2. Material Fee - where applicable, cover the costs of classroom consumables, handouts and booklets, e-Learning resources and associated license access fees and excursions
  3. Student Services Fee (SSF) – contributes to the provision of student engagement, learning and support services. SSF is a non-refundable annual fee that does not apply to short course participants.

Additionally, some courses require students to purchase or supply textbooks, 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, induction session, or during the pre-training review Interview.

GOTAFE offers a range of payment options to help you pay your fees.
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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:

  • Complete a Basic Key Skills Builder (BKSB) online test to ensure the required literacy & numeracy levels for the course are met.
  • Undertake a Pre-training Review by interview to ensure the course suits their needs and aspirations, and that they are likely to complete the course successfully.

Inherent Requirements:

  • Help clients with daily tasks - personal care, mobility support, shopping, housework, etc.
  • Co-ordinate social events for clients
  • Being patient, observant, and caring is vital to working in this industry

Technology requirements:

  • Laptop/Computer with internet access, including access to YouTube.
  • Access to a digital camera or video camera for visual and audio assessment tasks.
  • Webcam and headset for online meetings.
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
Work with people with mental health issues

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge questions
  • Case study - written and practice demonstration
  • Simulation
  • Simulated demonstration
  • Simulated roleplay
  • Practical demonstration
  • Project
  • Reflective task

On average assessments are due two working weeks from the timetabled last date of the unit and there is an allowance for 2 re-submissions. However, if necessary more support and an extra submission opportunity via appointment.

John Katsourakis

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

Students are advised that successful completion includes the following requirements:

  • Complete Practical Placement and all Assessment Tasks as per Training Package requirements
  • 80% on-campus attendance and
  • Psychological stamina, empathy, and resilience for working with vulnerable clients.

Blended study mode:

  • Attend face-to-face classes one day per week on campus.
  • Attend a virtual class one day per week
  • Students will work through their learning materials between classes, for around 6 hours per week.
  • There is an expectation that students spend additional time outside of class conducting research and undertaking assessment tasks.


  • consists of 120 hours, 100% attendance mandatory.
  • will be organised by GOTAFE. However, students can arrange their own placement, via approval by the GOTAFE Placement team.
  • consists of 3 weeks (120 hours) of placement, Monday to Friday (9am to 5pm) and is timetabled at the end of Semester One and the beginning of Semester Two of the Program Delivery
  • However, students can self-organise their placement during the year and some students undertake placement 1-2 days per week outside of timetable.
  • Students undertaking Placement must ensure they have:
    • National Police Check for workers, not less than 6 months old at the time of commencement of placement
    • WWWC (Working with Children’s Check for workers) with at least 1 year before expiry
    • NDIS Credentials (NDIS Screening)

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.

Learning support

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Our library team are passionate about supporting students to achieve their study goals. They have subject guides, referencing help, and online resources to assist you with you assessments.

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Jobs and study options

Our Skills and Jobs Centres can assist and talk through options for courses, careers, assistance with job applications and more.

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Whether you need support with time management, your mental health, grief and loss, a diagnosed disability, financial hardship, or any other challenge life through your way, we are here to help.

Support for personal issues

We have a dedicated team to ensure students have the help they need with personal issues impacting studies such as homelessness, family problems & setting up payment plans.

Find out how the Student Experience Team can help you

Disability support

Get access to the supports and adjustments you need for your disability or medical condition to be successful in your studies.

Seek support from our Equitable Learning Advisors

Counselling services

We offer free counselling services to help you work through life's challenges including grief and loss, mental health or relationships.

Learn about our Student Wellbeing Advisors

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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