Certificate IV in Disability



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Subsidised Standard (Concession):


Subsidised Trainee:


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Seymour - Wallis Street

Shepparton - Fryers Street

Wallan - High Street

Wangaratta - Docker Street

Delivery Mode


Course Overview

The Certificate IV in Disability is the recognised qualification to become a Disability Worker.

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

You'll also learn to communicate effectively with Service Managers and liaise with health professionals.

This course is available as part of the Free TAFE scheme for eligible students.

Career Pathways

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

  • Residential group homes
  • Training resource centres
  • Open employment services

Further Study

After graduating, you might like to undertake further study in the Diploma of Community Services or other diplomas in the Education sector.

Course Dates & Times

Seymour - Wallis Street

9am to 4pm, 3 days a week - Public on Campus- Sem 1 / 2020

9am to 4pm, 3 days a week - Public on Campus- Sem 2 / 2020

Shepparton - Fryers Street

9am to 4pm, 3 days a week - Public on Campus- Sem 1 / 2020

9am to 4pm, 3 days a week - Public on Campus- Sem 2 / 2020

Wallan - High Street

9am to 3.30 pm, 1 to 2 days a week - Mon and Wed- Sem 1 / 2020

Wangaratta - Docker Street

9am to 4pm, 3 days a week - Public on Campus- Sem 1 / 2020

9am to 4pm, 3 days a week - Public on Campus- Sem 2 / 2020

Fee Information

1. Subsidised Standard: $5,029.00

2. Subsidised Standard (Concession): $1,006.00

3. Subsidised Trainee: $5,283.00

4. Subsidised Trainee (Concession): $1,053.00

5. Full Fee: $6,890.00

Course Materials: $329.00

Student Services Fees (per year): $70.00

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 2020 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

Entry Requirements

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 Childrens Check

Course Study Units

Core Units
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
Elective Units
CHCADV002 - Provide advocacy and representation services
CHCCCS024 - Support individuals with autism spectrum disorder
CHCMHS001 - Work with people with mental health issues
CHCMHS007 - Work effectively in trauma informed care

Assessment Methods

Assessment methods may include:

  • Knowledge test/quiz
  • Presentation
  • Workplace observation/demonstration
  • Various written tasks

Course Co-ordinator

Craig Wall
Campus: Shepparton

Louise Egan
Campus: Wangaratta

Carina Stephens
Campus: Seymour

Attendance & Commitment

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.

Full time students attend classes 3 days a week over a 12 month period.

Trainees undertake training within the workplace over a 24 month period.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of practical placement.

Where to From Here

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.

Educational Support Services

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.

Student Support

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

Learner's Rights

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

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.