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Certificate IV in Disability Support

CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support reflects the role of individuals in a range of community settings and peoples’ homes, who provide 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 according to and may contribute to an individualised plan, and work without direct supervision. They may be required to supervise and/or coordinate a small team.

The skills in this qualification must be applied in accordance with Commonwealth and State/Territory legislation, Australian standards and industry codes of practice.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this qualification at the time of publication.

Course Cost

Tuition Fee

Course CRICOS Code


Course Duration

26 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 CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support 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 26 weeks, including 22 weeks of training and assessment spread over 2 terms of 11 weeks each and 4 weeks of holidays.

Pre-requisites: You must complete CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support before enrolling into this course.
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 6.0 (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 6.0.

Other costs:

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

Course Structure for CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support

To complete CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support, you will need to complete 7 core units and 3 elective units. These course units are selected in accordance with the packaging rules and are relevant to the work outcome, local industry requirements and qualification level.

Core Units:

Unit code Unit Name
CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports.
CHCDIS017 Facilitate community participation and social inclusion
CHCDIS018 Facilitate ongoing skills development using a person-centred approach
CHCDIS019 Provide person-centred services to people with disability with complex needs
CHCLEG003 Manage legal and ethical compliance
CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
HLTWHS003 Maintain work health and safety


Electives Units:

CHCADV001 Facilitate the interests and rights of clients 
CHCAGE011 Provide support to people living with dementia 
CHCDIS020 Work effectively in disability support 
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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.