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Certificate IV in Disability

The CHC43115 -Certificate IV in Disability is a nationally recognised course to become an effective disability support worker. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to provide quality services to people with disability.

Certificate IV in Disability reflects the role of workers in a range of community settings and clients’ homes, who provide training and support in a manner that empowers people with disabilities to achieve greater levels of independence, self-reliance, community participation and wellbeing. Workers promote a person-centred approach, work without direct supervision and may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

The Certificate IV in Disability prepares you for employment opportunities as a disability support worker. You will develop your understanding of disability issues and learn how to apply this knowledge to meet the needs of individuals with disability. You will also gain practical experience through placement at a local service provider or organisation.

Course Cost

Tuition Fee

Course CRICOS Code


Course Duration

52 weeks

Course Key Information

Delivery Method:

Face to Face at Level 5, 85 Queen Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000


Potential employment options are in a range of disability work roles. Roles may also have a leadership function.

Students who complete this course may wish to continue their education into the CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services and a range of other community services related Diplomas.

Career Outcomes:

After successful completion of CHC43115 -Certificate IV in Disability you can join disability service industry into various roles in but not limited to:

  • Lifestyle Support Officer
  • Community Development Officer
  • Senior Personal Care Assistant
  • Behavioural Support Officer
  • Disability Team Leader
  • Disability Support Assistant (Schools)
  • Project Officer
  • Marketing Coordinator (Disability)
  • Day Support Disability Officer
  • Senior Disability Worker
  • Social Educator (Disability)
  • Support Facilitator (Disability)
  • Job coordinator
  • Disabilities Supervisor
  • Social trainer
  • Local area coordinator
  • Disability Service Officer
  • Community-based support officer
Course Duration:

This qualification will be delivered over 52 weeks, including 40 weeks of training and assessment spread over 4 terms of 10 weeks each and 12 weeks of holidays.

The qualification requires that a work placement of 120 hours is completed.

Pre-requisites:There are no pre-requisites for Certificate IV in Disability or any of the units of competency contained within it.
Admission Requirements:

Ridge International College has the following entry requirements for eligible students:
For enrolment into the course International students must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and have completed the equivalent of Year 12.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Successful completion of an English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

Other Costs:

Material/Resource  Fee: $550
Application Fee : $200

Course Structure

The CHC43115 -Certificate IV in Disability requires the completion of 20 units 6 Core and 14 Electives

Core Units:

Unit codeUnit Name
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005Develop and provide person-centred service responses
CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
CHCDIS008Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS009Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person- centred approach
CHCDIS010Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care

Electives Units:

CHCCCS011Meet personal support needs
CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships
CHCCCS023Support independence and well being
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Delivery and Assessment

Delivery of the course:

The qualification is delivered over 52 weeks comprising of:

  • Four (4) terms of 10 weeks each (40 weeks total).
  • Holiday breaks amounting to 12 weeks (as specified in the timetable)

Students are required to attend 20 hours of classroom training per week.

Homework is expected to be approximately 5 hours a week.

The training and assessment schedule shows the weeks during which training is delivered and assessment conducted for each unit.

The total amount of training provided being structured classroom sessions is 492 hours. Time scheduled for assessment in class is 228 hours. Homework which is unsupervised and may include research for assessments and general reading is expected to be on average 5 hours a week.

A work placement of 120 hours is required as per Training Package requirements.

Total delivery and assessment hours therefore amount to 840 hours and the volume of learning (i.e., including unsupervised learning of homework) is 1,040 hours. A detailed breakdown of hours is provided in the Training and Assessment Schedule.

Ridge International College has decided on the course duration and amount of training taking into account the AQF Volume of Learning, which is typically 0.5 – 2 years and 600 – 2,400 hours. It is considered that the duration and amount of training provided will allow students the opportunity to fully absorb the required knowledge, as well as develop skills over time.


Assessment will occur through a variety of methods, including projects incorporating role- plays, case studies, observations, and short answer questions.

Assessment conditions will ensure a simulated workplace environment for classroom- based assessment.

Assessment tasks:

  • Reflect real life work tasks.
  • Are required to be performed within industry standard timeframes as specified by assessors in relation to each task.
  • Are assessed using assessment criteria that relate to the quality of work expected by the industry.
  • Are performed to industry safety requirements as relevant.

Training and Assessment Strategy:

  • Utilise authentic workplace documentation.
  • Require students to work with others as part of a team.
  • Require students to plan and prioritise competing work tasks.
  • Involve the use of standard, workplace equipment such as computers and software.
  • Ensure that students are required to consider workplace constraints such as time and budgets.

Work Placement

Students will be required to complete 120 hours of work placement.  The work placement is to be completed as shown in the Training and Assessment Schedule.

Because students learn best while applying their new skills in the work place the work placement hours provides students with the opportunity to further develop their skills. Time in class is provided following the work placement to allow students to work on their portfolios after gaining practical experience and while the experiences are fresh in their minds.

Work placement providers will be provided with a list of activities that students are to complete in the workplace to develop their skills. Assessment will also be conducted in the workplace by Ridge International College trainer and assessor.
Students must undergo a police check prior to placement which will be at the student’s own cost. Immunisations may also be required – this will be advised by the student’s workplace.

Ridge International College will assist all students to obtain work placements. However, students may also find their own work placement. Work placement agreements will be signed with participating organisations and a facilities check will take place prior to the agreement being signed.

Trainers/assessor will visit students on their work placement at least 4 times. The purpose of these visits will be to meet with students to discuss any issues concerning the placement or questions the student has, as well as to conduct observations for assessment purposes.

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RPL/Credit Transfer

Students can apply for recognition of prior learning, and work experience towards this qualification. During the course of your life, you will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge. Through work, volunteer roles, family commitments, and various tasks undertaken in everyday life, you are building up a bank of knowledge. The evidence of these skills and knowledge accumulated can be used to help you gain a qualification.

You can also apply for course credit if you have completed the same unit previously. To apply for RPL or credit transfer indicate your preference in the application form or speak to our staff at the time of enrolment. Refer to RPL/Credit Transfer policy for details.