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Certificate IV in Disability

Course outline

Course Code: CHC43115

What can I do with a Certificate IV in Disability?

This qualification 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.

To achieve this qualification, the candidate must have completed at least 120 hours of work as detailed in the assessment requirements of the units of competency

Potential job opportunities for graduates for this course include:

  • Disabilities Services Officer 
  • Disability Services Program Officer 
  • Support Worker in Disability or Aged Care 

Entry requirements

Applicants must satisfy all requirements as below:

Academic requirement:

  • Satisfactory numeracy and literacy skills to undertake this course (ACSF level 3), or
  • Mature age and have sufficient work experience to successfully undertake this course

Vocational placement requirements:

Students are required to complete at least 120 hours of work placement as part of course requirements. We understand the industry and will assist you in finding Work Placement. GBCA work placement coordinator, GBCA trainers and the student will work collaboratively in securing a work placement. Once you are marked satisfactory in the required units, you apply for work placement by completing an online placement application form. You can indicate your availability and preferred location. We endeavour to place you in an aged care facility and/or disability facility and/or community care setting of your choice, however we cannot guarantee this as it depends on the availability in the facilities of your preferred location.

Once you submit your form, all parties will work towards securing a place for you.
Remember, Aged care facilities and/or Disability and/or community care facilities prefer students who are both flexible and reliable.
On average, it takes approximately 4 weeks to secure work placement.

The Fair Work Act 2009, under the definition of Vocational Placement in section 12 outlines the rules restricting unpaid work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a clear explanation of these rules in the Internships, Vocational Placements & Unpaid Work Fact Sheet.  

Due to the requirement to complete vocational placement, a final outcome for each unit would not be provided until the relevant component of vocational placement had been completed.

Material requirement:

Students are required to bring their own laptop with Microsoft Office 2007 or a later version installed for face to face classes.

How long does it take to do Certificate IV in Disability?

Course duration:

This course is delivered during a maximum duration of 52 weeks, including term breaks and public holidays


2 sessions per week

Assessment methods

Questions, Case studies, Presentation, Project, Portfolio, work placement project and work placement observation.

Is this Course Government Funded?

This course is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding under the Skills First Program. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for training subsidised through the Skills First Program.

For more information about our government-funded courses, please visit The Skills Funding Page

Can I Study Certificate IV in Disability Online? Yes, You Can!

GBCA is currently offering students the option to study Certificate IV in Disability Online or on-campus during the pandemic.

Unit CodeUnit Name
CHCCCS015Provide individualised support
CHCDIS002 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
CHCDIS005Develop 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
CHCDIV001Work with diverse people
CHCLEG003Manage legal and ethical compliance
HLTAAP001Recognise healthy body systems
HLTWHS002Follow safe work practices for direct client care
CHCCCS005Conduct individual assessments
CHCAGE003Coordinate services for older people
CHCCCS019Recognise and respond to crisis situations

Course Factsheet

Course Accreditations

Nationally Recognised Training
Australian Qualification Framework

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