Certificate IV in Disability

Course code CHC43115
Start date(s) February/July
Course length Full time: 1 year (one day per week on campus)
Campus Chadstone
Study mode Full time
International course No
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  • Course Overview

    Are you passionate about empowerment, advocacy and inclusion?  Do you want to extend your skills and knowledge of disability?

    This course is structured to provide you with the skills and knowledge in subject areas such as empowerment, inclusion, supporting positive lifestyle, advocacy, augmented and alternative communication and human development. With the roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), there are even greater opportunities to develop a rewarding career working in the disability sector.

    Your learning will be facilitated by experienced trainers with close links to the disability sector. The course coordinator is also Vice-President of Belonging Matters Inc, a not-for-profit organisation which educates and builds capacity for people with a disability to live valued lives in the community.

    Your learning is complemented by 120 hours of work placement in the disability sector, throughout the duration of the course.

  • Course Structure

    To receive this qualification you must complete 11 core units and 3 elective units. Elective units have been chosen by Holmesglen based on feedback from the disability sector. 

    Some units in this course feature an online component (for example, discussion boards and quizzes). You will be supported by your teachers to develop the necessary skills to undertake these online components. 

    All students will complete 120 hours of work placement.  Our placement officer can assist you in finding a suitable work placement.  If you currently work or volunteer in the disability sector, you may count this work towards your work placement hours.


    Assessment may be a combination of written and online assignments, work related projects, simulation and third party workplace feedback.


    CHCDIS007Facilitate the empowerment of people with disability
    CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
    CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
    HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care
    CHCCOM002Use communication to build relationships
    CHCDIS002Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
    CHCCCS025Support relationships with carers and families
    CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
    CHCDIS005Develop and provide person-centred service responses
    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
    CHCCCS008Develop strategies to address unmet needs
    HLTAAP001Recognise Healthy body systems
  • Requirements

    Recognition of prior learning

    You may be able to shorten the length of your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen.

    Please see Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer for more information.


    Selection Process

    • Pre-enrolment interview with literacy assessment
    • Effective interpersonal communication skills
    • Suitability for working in the disability service sector
    • Be at least 18 years of age at commencement of the course
  • Outcomes

    Qualification & Recognition

    Upon successfully completing this program, you will be eligible to receive the nationally accredited CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability. 

    The Department of Human Services recognises this certificate as the preferred qualification for direct service workers.

    Career Opportunities

    • Worker in non-government residential services
    • Disability Development Support Officer with the Department of Human Services
    • Integration aide/education support
    • Support worker in employment services
    • Home care
    • Attendant carer providing respite care or personal care to people with disabilities
    • Community outreach worker
    • Support worker in day and adult services
    • Individualised support worker
    • Advocate
  • Dates

    Course Commencement

    • February intake: 

      Classes commence on Tuesday 13 February 2018

      They run weekly on a Tuesday from 9.30am - 4.00pm   

    • July intake
      Classes commence on Wednesday 25 July 2018
      They run weekly on a Wednesday from 9.30am - 4.00pm


    Attendance for this course is comprised of:

    • One day per week on campus
    • Six hours per week online learning
    • One day per week involved in work placement

  • How to Apply


    Apply online now

    The application process takes approximately 5 minutes and at this stage, you do not need to provide any documentation.

    To apply offline, contact the department directly using the details below. Your application will be reviewed by the faculty and you will be contacted within 2 working days. For further information on the full application process, including how to accept your offer, complete enrolment and make payment, visit How to Apply.

    Further Advice

    If you have further questions about your application please contact the department:

    Community & Transitional Education Department

    03 9564 2067


    Holmesglen may engage third parties to recruit students on behalf the of the institute. Third party recruiters receive a commission and this will not impact on your fees.

    Find out more about your rights and obligations as a student and the services we provide at Holmesglen.

  • Fees

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    Program Fees

    Gov. Subsidised$2550
    Full Fee$6100

    Holmesglen tuition fees shown are all inclusive and indicative of the cost to complete the entire program.

    These are indicative fees only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

    Which fee applies to me?

    Due to the different level of government subsidy available to you, there are three possible fee levels for program fees – government subsidised, full fee and concession.

    Your eligibility for concession or subsidised program fees is determined by your individual circumstances such as how old you are, what level of education you have and what type of program you want to study. Concession fees are not available for qualifications at diploma level or above.

    The Holmesglen Information staff can help you determine your eligibility and discuss options if you are ineligible.

    How do I pay my fees?

    VET Fee HELP / VET Student Loans is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay all or part of their tuition fees for diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma programs.

    Holmesglen also offers a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for.

    To be eligible for a VET Fee HELP /  VET Student Loans you will need to meet the VET Student Loans entry requirements.

    Information Offices are situated at all campuses. Discuss your payment options with Holmesglen Information staff.